Mark your calendars, as we now know the dates for the granddaddy of all poker events. The 2015 World Series of Poker will run from May 27 through July 14, 2015 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. WSOP officials released a preview of what players can expect from the series, including the return of the $10 million guaranteed WSOP Main Event.
The World Series of Poker is the one poker series that has proven recession-proof and this year’s edition should continue that trend. Several annual staples have returned to the schedule, along with events that proved successful in 2014. Also, officials have added a couple of major events that should help the 2015 WSOP become the most successful in history.
The Colossus Could Produce Largest Field in Live Tournament History
The opening weekend will feature a “Flagship Event” that WSOP officials hope will produce the largest field in live tournament history. “The Colossus” will be a $565 Re-Entry NL Event with two starting days. The event kicks off on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 and will boast a monster guarantee of $5 million.
Both starting days will feature starting flights at 10 AM and 4 PM. Re-Entry is limited to flights not already played by an eliminated player. Each runner will start with 5,000 in starting chips with blinds kicking off at 25/50. This is the lowest buy-in for an open field event at the WSOP in 35 years and it should be an absolute zoo at the Rio for both days.
Other Schedule Staples Return
Several major events have already been confirmed for the 2015 WSOP starting with the Millionaire Maker. The $1,500 Millionaire Maker will kick off on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 and is guaranteed to produce a top prize of $1 million. Players eliminated on the first starting flight may re-enter on Saturday. Players will start with 7,500 in chips, an increase of 66.6% over 2014, and blinds will begin at 25/50.
The $1,500 Monster Stack will return in 2015. The event will feature two starting days on June 12 and June 13. Players eliminated on the 12th can return on the 13th. Both flights will begin at 10 AM and feature starting stacks of 15,000. Officials hope to eclipse the field of 7,863 set by this event in 2014.
The Seniors Championship kicks off on June 9 and features a starting stack of 5,000 chips. Last year’s event drew 4,425 runners. In addition to the Seniors Event, officials are planning a Super Seniors event for players 65 and older to be held near the same day of the Senior Event.
The Ladies Championship received a couple changes. This year’s version kicks off on Thursday, June 25 to allow the ladies a chance to play in a major weekend NL Event. Also, players will receive $5,000 in starting chips.
The ONE DROP High Roller and Little One for ONE DROP return in 2015. The High Roller will be held on June 28 with a buy-in of $111,111. Anthony Gregg won the 2013 edition for over $4.8 million. The Little One kicks off on June 30th with a $1,000 buy-in and 1,000 in starting chips. The Little One has two starting flights of 10 AM and 4 PM with unlimited re-entry during the open registration period. Players start with 5,000 in this one but can get an additional 5,000 by “Donating for Double” for $111.
Main Event Again Features $10 Million Guarantee
The 2015 WSOP Main Event kicks off July 5 and features three starting days. The $10,000 buy-in event will feature a starting stack of 30,000 and a guarantee of $10 million to the winner. This year’s Main Event will continue non-stop from July 5 through July 14 with the final table reached on July 14. The press release did not mention the words “November Nine,” so we’re uncertain at this time whether that concept will return in 2015.
Other items revealed in the press release included the return of the “two-track” system for mixed events. For most non-Hold’em and Omaha disciplines of poker, you can expect a $1,500 and $10,000 buy-in option. Cash games will kick off on May 27 and will be available around the clock throughout the entire World Series.
The 2015 WSOP will feature nearly 500 tables spread out over 100,000 square feet of space in the Rio. Also, WSOP.com will be heavily integrated into the series as in 2014. Over 60 bracelet events will be offered, with a final schedule of events to be released sometime in January.