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WSOP 2015 Schedule Features 11 New Events, Bigger Starting Stacks
The WSOP unveiled its full 2015 schedule including 11 new events and bigger starting stacks in low-buy-in events.
The WSOP is also introducing the first ever bracelet event played out online at WSOP.com.
Kicking off with the $5 million guaranteed “Colossus” event and culminating in the $10,000 Main Event July 5-14, this year's WSOP will spread 68 separate poker tournaments.
“If you’ve never thought about coming to Las Vegas for the WSOP, this is the year,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.
“Now more than ever, the WSOP has something for everyone and with this schedule we believe the value and the opportunity for player success exists in each and every event we are offering in 2015.”
The schedule has been designed to give recreational players better access to the big-field, low buy-in events by having them play out over weekends.
Both the $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker and Monster Stack events will start on Fridays.
This year's schedule also caters to poker's elite with 11 bracelets to be awarded in $10,000 non-Hold'em events.
The summer's biggest buy-in will be the $111,111 One Drop Super High Roller playing out June 28-29.
$10k Dealer's Choice, First Online Bracelet
11 new events will debut this summer at the WSOP, including a $10,000 Dealer's Choice tournament featuring 19 poker variants and the first bracelet ever awarded online.
The online bracelet will be contested in a $1,000 tournament that will see the final two players compete live at the Rio to decide a champion.
Both the online bracelet and dealer's choice tournaments will play out just days before the Main Event, June 2 and 3, respectively.
Other new events include a $1k hyper-turbo, a super seniors event for players 65 and older, a 50/50 event in which half the field will be paid and a $1,500 bounty event that will award $500 for every elimination.
Bigger Stacks, More Levels
In events with buy-ins below $10,000, players will see big increases in their starting stacks and new blind levels.
The new starting stacks by buy-in are as follows:
- $565 buy-in: 5,000 starting chips (10 times the buy-in, same as last year’s Monster Stack)
- $777 buy-in: 5,000 starting chips (treated like a $1k event) – 100 big blinds
- |$1,000 buy-in: 5,000 starting chips (increase of 66% over 2014) – 100 big blinds
- $1,500 buy-in: 7,500 starting chips (increase of 66% over 2014) – 150 big blinds
- $2,500 buy-in: 12,500 starting chips (increase of 66% over 2014) – 167 big blinds
- $3,000 buy-in: 15,000 starting chips (increase of 66% over 2014) – 200 big blinds
- $5,000 buy-in: 25,000 starting chips (increase of 66% over 2014) – 250 big blinds
Low buy-in events will also feature 250/500 and 2,500/5,000 blind levels. These changes are expected to add a few extra levels to the tournament before a winner is determined.
To accommodate the deeper structures, registration has been extended to the first eight levels in most events with buy-ins over $2,500.