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It’s here!

No, it is not summer yet, but the full World Series of Poker schedule is now available. Now everyone can stop asking Kevin Mathers, who incidentally is not affiliated with Caesars or the WSOP, when the schedule might be released. Instead, follow along here.


The 2016 WSOP will be its 47th edition, and it will again be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Action will open in the Convention Center on Tuesday, May 31, at which time registration will be open, and cash games and satellites will begin in the ballrooms at 9:00am. The last day of the summer WSOP will be July 18.

Players can begin registering in person at the Rio on April 4 at the main casino cashier cage, and the WSOP cage in the Convention Center opens on May 31. There will be online registration as well, though it is not open yet.

There will be 69 gold bracelets awarded in 2016 from the summer games, including the Main Event championship bracelet that will be awarded when the final table plays out in October. (The November Nine will move into October this year due to US presidential elections in early November.)

New Series Features

There are some changes for the 2016 WSOP with regard to payouts, tournament times, starting chips, and event structures.

  • The majority of tournaments will now pay the top 15% of the field instead of 10%.
  • Money bubbles will likely burst earlier in tournaments, sometimes on Day 1.
  • Most tournaments will either begin at 11:00am or 3:00pm, earlier than last year. A few events are even scheduled for 10:00am starts, i.e. Colossus II, Millionaire Maker, Seniors, Super Seniors, Monster Stack, and Crazy Eights.
  • Players in $10K buy-in tournaments, including the Main Event, will receive 50K starting chips. This is 66% increase from previous years.
  • Structures vary by tournament, so check each structure sheet online.

Daily Deep Stack NLHE tournaments will now run four times daily from May 31 to July 18 as follows:

  • 2:00pm: $235 buy-in
  • 5:00pm: $185 buy-in
  • 7:00pm: $135 buy-in
  • 9:00pm: $365 buy-in, turbo format

Highlighted Events

The $10K NLHE WSOP Main Event is the pinnacle of the series each year, and 2016 will be no different. The tournament will offer three starting flights – Saturday, July 9; Sunday, July 10; and Monday, July 11. Two second will run on July 12 for 1A and 1B players, and a third will continue on July 13 for 1C. Play will then continue through July 18, at which point play will stop when there are only nine players remaining.

The Colossus II tournament will bring back the excitement of last year’s inaugural event but with a few changes. This year, the $565 buy-in event will have a guaranteed $7 million in prize money, with the winner promised at least $1 million. Each of the three starting days – Thursday, June 2; Friday, June 3; and Saturday, June 4 – will have two flights each. Each starting flight will play into the money. Players may register for an additional starting flight if eliminated. Players may also forfeit a chip stack at the end of one flight if they would like to reenter for another flight.

The Millionaire Maker NLHE will return this summer with $1 million guaranteed for first AND second place finishers. The $1,500 buy-in tournament will offer two starting days – Friday, June 10; and Saturday, June 11 – with reentry allowed on Day 1B for players eliminated on 1A.

The Monster Stack NLHE tournament begins on Friday, June 24, and there are two starting days for the $1,500 buy-in event. No reentries will be allowed, but players start with 15K chips.

Tag Team NLHE is an event returning from the early WSOP years, and each team can have two to four players, all registering together but combining for one $1K buy-in. Tagging can occur anytime a player is not in an active hand. Payouts will be distributed evenly among teammates. That event calls for three days and begins on Wednesday, July 6.

Dealer’s Choice will be Event 5 on the schedule this year and consist of 19 different poker variants. The $1,500 buy-in offers six-handed tables and begins on Sunday, June 5.

Crazy Eights is a new event this year, offering eight-handed NLHE tables with four starting flights over the course of two days – Friday, July 1; and Saturday, July 2. Anyone eliminated in one flight can reenter in another, and the buy-in is $888.

The Ladies NLHE Championship returns with an effective strategy to keep men from registering to play. The price for the tournament is $10K, but women receive a discounted entry price of $1K. Action begins on Friday, July 8.

The Seniors NLHE Championship allows players 50 year of age and older to play, beginning on Friday, June 17. And on Sunday, June 19, the Super Seniors NLHE tournament restricts the field to those 65 and older. Each of the events is scheduled for three days, and each requires a $1K buy-in.

Finally, the Little One for One Drop returns in 2016 with its $1,111 buy-in, out of which $111 will be donated to the ONE DROP charity. There will be three starting flights, one each on Tuesday, July 12; Wednesday, July 13; and Thursday, July 14. Unlimited reentries will be available, and the event is scheduled for five days.

For More Information…

The full schedule of all 69 tournaments and linked structure sheets can be found on this page of the WSOP website.

Frequently asked questions, along with corresponding answers, are on this page of the WSOP website.

And WSOP is answering questions via its Twitter handle @WSOP.

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Jennifer Newell

Jennifer has been a freelance writer in the poker industry for a decade. She left a full-time job with the World Poker Tour to tell the stories of poker. She now lives in St. Louis, writes about poker while pursuing other varied interests, and speaks her mind on Twitter… a lot.