The Millionaire Maker. The Colossus. The 50/50. The high roller. The Poker Players Championship. The main event.
The 2015 World Series of Poker (May 27-July 14) will be filled with memorable events and is complete with incredible opportunities for players at every level of the game. Tournament organizers made some significant adjustments in order to improve customer experience, and with buy-ins ranging from $565 to $111,111, this 68-event initiative is one of the most comprehensive and unique schedules ever offered.
“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.”
Here are the highlights:
Opening weekend includes the $565 Colossus, a re-entry event with a $5 million guaranteed prize pool. There are four starting flights for this event.
The Millionaire Maker returns, with the top prize guaranteed at $1 million. This event offers two starting flights at a $1,500 price point.
The event that broke all sorts of expectations last year with 7,977 entries, the Monster Stack, is back on the schedule for 2015.
The partnership between DraftKings and the WSOP is closer than ever with a sponsored 50/50 event where half the field wins. DraftKings is also offering WSOP satellites on their site.
The Dealers Choice event offers players the ability to choose from any of 19 games. The $1,500 price point that was offered in 2014 returns this year, and a new $10,000 championship event has been added.
There will be both Seniors and Super Seniors events this year for 50-plus and 65-plus, respectively.
WSOP continues its partnership with One Drop, with both the High Roller and Little One for One Drop. A percentage of every buy-in goes toward the charity.
A new Bounty Event was added to the schedule with a $1,500 buy-in and $500 payout for every player busted. (It would be cool if former bracelet winners were worth more, but then you'd probably have to make it an exhibition event since it would provide unfair competition.)
Structures have been adjusted to offer more starting chips.
Perhaps the biggest change is the removal of the $10 million first-place prize for the WSOP main event. The WSOP initially announced that top prize would return, but asked for feedback from players and adjusted based on those responses.
“We feel very good about the 2015 WSOP schedule and appreciate all the feedback and assistance the poker community provided,” said WSOP tournament director Jack Effel, who will oversee the tournament for the 10th straight year. “We can’t wait to see everyone, break some records and award life-changing money beginning May 27.”
The payout structure in the main event will be extend to 1,000 places as long as at least 5,000 players participate. That number should be easily surpassed. Going by last year's participation of 6,683 players, the min-cash at 1,000th place would be $15,000, with the champion earning $8 million.
The 2015 WSOP main event will be broadcast on ESPN this summer, with the final table returning to action in November.
Below is the complete 2015 WSOP tournament schedule.