Main Event: 1000 players in the money
There are one or two alterations to this year Main Event, with last year having offered up a $10 million guaranteed prize pool. This year, There will be a minimum payout of $1 million for 9th place provided that the number of participants matches that of last year. As long as the number of entries passes 5,000 which is expected to do, a minimum of 1,000 players will cash.
The Colossus: More entries than the 2006 Main Event?
The Colossus has drawn the most attention out of all the events on the 2015 schedule, and for good reason. The $565 buy in tournament with four starting flights over 2 days is sure to shatter live tournament attendance records, as it has a staggering $5 million guarantee attached to it. If players are eliminated from one flight, there will be an option for re entry into a different flight. The buy in itself is a talking point, as it is the only WSOP open event with a buy in below $1,000 since a mixed doubles event in 1983. According to WSOP organizers, pre-registration has been so huge that the event might already have more entries than the 2006 Main Event, which officially still holds the record with 8,773 entrees.
Will the Colossus attract the largest field ever recorded for a poker tournamanet?
The first Online Event
Another big talking point is the arrival of an event which has been spoken about for some time as a possibility. For the first time, live play is crossing over into online in the WSOP, with an online event added to the schedule. This has been a more pressing possibility since WSOP.com opened it's doors in Nevada. The $1,000 buy in event will begin online, on July 2nd. It will continue online until 6 remain, before they return and play the event to it's conclusion live, on July 4th.
Hyper Turbo Event
There has been a turbo event on the WSOP schedule since 2013, and two more have been added for this year. In addition to the previously held Turbo $1,000 buy in, there will be a $1,000 hyper with 20 minute levels (30 minutes at final table) and a $5,000 Turbo with 30 minute levels on day 1, which later extend to 40 minutes on day 2.
Extended Play and Monster Stack Events
On the opposite end of the spectrum, in the vein of the Monster Stack (which returns for it's second year at the WSOP) there is a $1,500 extended play No Limit Holdem event with 90 minute levels.
Super Seniors Event
With the unbelievable growth in the Seniors Championship over the last few years, the WSOP has taken things one step further. In addition to the regular Seniors Championship, which has a minimum age of 50-years-old, a Super Seniors event with a 65-year-old age minimum makes its debut in this WSOP schedule.
50% of the field paid in the 50/50 event
Another major first for 2015 is a sponsored event by Draftkings. The $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 will see 50 percent of the field cash, though it hasn’t been announced how the payouts will escalate from there.
A bigger version of the Dealers Choice Event
The $1,500 Dealers Choice Event debuted in 2014 has been a great success, and some players requested an even bigger version. Their wish was granted as a$10,000 Dealers Choice event has been added to the calendar.
Complete Schedule: http://www.wsop.com/2015/2015-wsop-schedule.pdf