If you want to play in the 2017 World Series of Poker, you can start making your plans now. Preliminary dates for next year’s Series were released this week, giving prospective champions of the poker world to submit for time off and figure out how to lie about not attending their kid’s graduation well in advance. May 30th is when the festivities kick off; the WSOP will run for about a month and a half, concluding at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 17th.
As always, the first tournament is the $565 No-Limit Hold’em Casino Employees event, beginning on May 31st; the first day of the WSOP, May 30th, will be when things like satellites and cash games start. The first open event will likely also be on that same day, a few hours after the start of the Casino Employees event.
Aside from the Main Event, the WSOP is really hyping the Colossus again. The Colossus, introduced last year at a $565 buy-in, is the lowest priced open event ever hosted at the WSOP. As such, it also became the largest event – in terms of entries – in the history of live tournament poker. In its first two years, the Colossus has brought in 43,987 entries.
All we know so far about the Colossus III is that there will be a total of six starting flights: two per day for three days on June 2nd, June 3rd, and June 4th. It is a re-entry tournament, meaning that those who bust out of one of the starting flights will be permitted to buy-in again in any or all subsequent starting flights. If it is structured the same as this year, the money bubble will burst during each starting flight. In 2015, the money wasn’t hit until Day 2, which, because of the largesse of the tournament, created a massive pile-up at the cashier when players started dropping out for min-cashes. To avoid that this year, the payout structure was changed so that the money bubble popped on each starting flight, eliminating the traffic jam on Day 2.
This also meant that players could “cash” more than once. Someone could, for instance, make the money on Day 1A, bust out before the end of the night, then re-enter on Day 1B and cash again.
There are expected to be more than 70 events in 2017, up from 69 this year. Other popular events returning are the Ladies Championship, the Seniors event, Monster Stack, Millionaire Maker, and the Little One for One Drop.
The $10,000 WSOP Main Event will start on July 8th and have three starting flights, as has been the case for several years. It will run all the way through July 17th, when it will be paused once nine players remain. Those players will return to the Rio in November as the “November Nine” to contest the final table.
The complete, final 2017 World Series of Poker Schedule will be released in February.
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