WSOP officials have forewarned poker players that the $565 buy-in Colossus event at the 46th annual festival this summer in Las Vegas is expected to garner a huge turnout and that early registration is highly advisable.
Event #5 on the 2015 WSOP schedule gets underway on the opening weekend with four starting flights packed into two days of action on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30. A guaranteed prize pool of $5 million and the low entry fee by WSOP standards will likely see players sent to the rail in early flights shoot another bullet or two.
Re-entries are permitted for subsequent Day 1 flights, as is the option to forfeit perhaps a small stack and come back for a later flight with a fresh starting chip stack of 5,000. Players who bag chips from any Day 1 flight cannot re-enter.
“We expect this to be the largest poker tournament ever held in terms of participants,” stated a WSOP press release.
So large that two late waves have been added to all four starting flights in order to meet the demand of expected entrants. Those starting flights begin at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on both days and should the capacity of 4,600 players for the morning kick-off and 4,000 for the evening start time be reached, late wave registrations will be accepted.
Players registered in late waves are expected to be seated with their 5,000-chip stack at 12:25 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. for the flights that begin in the morning, and 8:25 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. for the evening flights. The first late wave players will sit down at Level 4 or 5, while second late wave entrants can expect to be seated during either Level 7 or 8.
Day 1 flights will begin 10-handed and transition to 9-handed tables as soon as is possible. Ten levels at 40 minutes each will be played, with projected conclusion times of 5:45 p.m. and 1:45 a.m.
Day 2 gets underway on Sunday, May 31, likely at 1:00 p.m. but the start time is still not set in stone. Days 3 and 4 on June 1 and 2 do have 1:00 p.m. listed as the starting time.
Players are urged to pre-register online now through May 12. A Total Rewards card is needed. Players are also advised to pre-register for more than one starting flight.
Players who bag chips from a starting flight and are prepared to advance to Day 2 but have registered for other Day 1 flights that won’t be used will be given refunds. Refund processing begins Sunday, May 31 at 1:00 p.m.
“We encourage everyone to pre-register,” stated the WSOP press release. Long lines are expected for those who wait and register on the day of the event.
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