Wednesday February 24, 2016 at 5:38 pm
HOT !

It's finally here. The 2016 WSOP schedule has been released. The 47th incarnation of the most-prestigious tournament in all of poker and it kicks off on May 31 at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The 2016 WSOP added 8 events and has now swelled to 69 total bracelet events. The 2016 schedule included a few tweaks and changes along with a couple controversial decisions like a 15% payout percentage. The 2016 WSOP schedule is not even 24 hours old and the news is already stirring up drama among combative forum denizens and the highly-opinionated Twittreverse. One thing is for certain… once again the WSOP is on pace to be the biggest and richest tournament in history.

2016 WSOP Schedule
69 events....69 chances for a bracelet at the 2016 WSOP

Christmas morning for poker fans! Or Hanukah morning for Jewish poker fans! The 2016 WSOP schedule has been released and it's like the entire poker world's head exploded. It's the moment everyone has been waiting for. Poker lovers couldn't wait to scan the new schedule to pick out events they want to play, while poker haters quickly dismissed the schedule and tore it apart. The 2016 WSOP starts on May 31 and runs through July 18.

 

Yes, the WSOP is less than 100 days away. That's the itching sensation you are feeling. It always flares up at this time of year. Everyone is itching to play poker in Vegas. This year's schedule added eight new bracelet events, so that makes a total of 69 bracelets that are up for grabs this summer. One of the biggest changes is also the most controversial and it involves the percentage of players getting paid out. Originally the number was 10% of a field was awarded a cut of the prize money but this year the number has been bumped to 15%.

 

Whether you think the WSOP is the greatest gift to the poker universe, or nothing more than an annual corporate cash grab… then the 2016 WSOP schedule seems to cater to both polarizing realms. Lots of juicy events from the standpoint of a pro's pro, especially with 10 championship caliber events. Plus there's a slew lower-buy in events on the weekends that will reel in a ton of fish. The dearth of weekend warrior-type events like Colossus will pump up lofty numbers that will keep the beancounters happy and give PR flacks plenty of ammo.

 

Yup, the WSOP is a cash grab….a gigantic one… why else would sane people venture out to the scorching desert in the middle of the summer unless there were millions of dollars at stake? The WSOP is what it is... but where else are you going to get a 7-week non-top stream donkeys, fish, wombats, and other lower forms of prey with deep pockets full of cash?

 

Some new things of note from the 2016 schedule:

  • Main Event starting stack is now 50,000
  • 10 Championship events
  • 11am and 3pm start times moved up an hour (from noon and 4pm)
  • Top-Up Turbo event allows players to get extra chips various ways
  • $565 PLO running of the donkeys
  • Crazy Eights… $888 buy-in 8-handed event with an $888,888 first-place payout
  • Tag-Team bracelet event with 2-4 person teams
  • 50K Players Championship is 8-Game and 6-Handed
Simpsons Money Falling
Head out to Las Vegas this summer for the annual cash grab at the Rio Casino for the 2016 WSOP!

Yeah, someone is going to get trampled during a stampede of donkeys during the $565 PLO event. Plus the 50K Players Championship is slimmer and meaner than ever! The entire Players Championship was tweaked and instead of ten events, it's returning to the 8-game format (kiss Badugi and 2-7 Lowball goodbye!). The other adjustment to the 50K is that the format is now six-handed.

Click here for the full schedule. And for the PR blast from the Ministry of WSOP Propaganda, click here.

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Friday November 15, 2019 at 10:28 pm
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Saturday November 9, 2019 at 12:32 am
Correction: Rob Campbell wins 2019 WSOP Player of Year after clerical error

The World Series of Poker issued a statement today to recognize Australian pro Robert Campbell as the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year and not Daniel Negreanu. They incorrectly awarded 2019 WSOP POY to Daniel Negreanu at the conclusion of the WSOP Europe because of a error in their database. After an investigation, the WSOP discovered Negreanu got awarded POY points in an event he did not cash. Campbell wins the 2019 WSOP POY with Shaun Deeb finishing in second place and Negreanu finishing in third place.

Friday November 8, 2019 at 2:58 am
Daniel Negreanu edges out Campbell/Deeb to win 2019 WSOP Player of the Year

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Wednesday November 6, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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Tuesday November 5, 2019 at 3:02 am
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Monday November 4, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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Friday November 1, 2019 at 12:15 am
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Thursday October 31, 2019 at 2:01 am
Telex
WSOP Europe Main Event: Anthony Zinno leads final 6

The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event Championship is down to the final table of six players at the King's Casino in RozVegas. Anthony Zinno is the big stack with 16.8 million. Also still alive are Dario Sammartino, Rifat Palevic, Alexandros Kolonias, Anh Do, and Class Segebrecht. On Thursday, someone will win the bracelet and €1.13 million in cash. Follow WSOP for updates starting at 2pm local time in RozVegas.

Friday October 25, 2019 at 10:32 pm
2019 WSOP Europe: Chin Wei Lim wins €100K Diamond High Roller for €2.2 million

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Wednesday October 23, 2019 at 9:55 pm
2019 WSOP Europe: Besim Hot wins €25,500 Mixed Games, denies Phil Hellmuth Bracelet #16

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Wednesday October 23, 2019 at 12:32 am
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