The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the most popular poker tournament of the year. This is a great event for both poker players and fans of the game. Caesars Entertainment, the owner of WSOP, recently announced dates for the poker tournament(s) in 2017. Once again the WSOP returns to the Rio All-Suites hotel and casino. The majority of the events will take place from May 30 to July 17, 2017.
The WSOP schedule includes gold bracelet events, satellite tournaments, cash games and three times a day deep stack tournaments running for 49 consecutive days. The most popular tournament is the $10,000 buy-in Main Event which takes place between July 8-17. When play is completed on July 17, the WSOP will take a break and return later in the year with the final table of 9 players. This group has been known as the November 9.
The opening weekend event of the 2017 WSOP will feature the return of the world’s largest live poker tournament. Colossus (dubbed Colossus III this year) is a $565 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament. The tournament features two starting flights per day for three consecutive days from June 2-4. This tournament is particularly popular because of the affordable entry fee and because it allows players to enter again if they fail to advance initially. Oh yeah, the $1 million-plus prize for winning Colossus doesn’t hurt.
Colossus has drawn 43,987 entries during its first two years in the WSOP. These have easily been the largest live poker tournaments ever. While the Main Event is popular because of the huge multi-million prize, Colossus may be the most attractive poker tournament. In a sense, this is the tournament that’s accessible to the most people because of the low buy-in. It’s also a spectacle to watch so many people participating in a tournament.
Here are some fun facts from WSOP 2016 for the poker players:
- The average WSOP gold bracelet event in 2016 featured a $3,205,961 prize pool with $555,475 going to the event’s winner.
- The 2016 WSOP featured the Top 5 field sizes of the year in all of poker with the Main Event (6,737), Millionaire Maker (7,190), Monster Stack (6,927), Crazy Eights (6,761) and Colossus (21,613) entries combining to attract a staggering 49,228 entries.
- The 107,833 entries at the 2016 WSOP were the most in the event’s 47-year history.
- A record 15,767 entrants walked away with prize money, with the WSOP’s new 15% target payout structure utilized for the first time.
The World Series of Poker isn’t only for participants. If you’re a fan of poker, you can watch the events at Rio for free throughout the tournament. This is one of those unique “only in Vegas” experiences you’ll find every now and again. Watching other people play poker might not be a reason to visit Las Vegas, but it’s a fun activity if you’re already planning to be in town.
Visit WSOP.com for more information.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.