The moment poker players and fans around the globe have been anxiously awaiting is finally here. The WSOP 2016 kicks off tonight with the very first bracelet event, marking the start of poker festivities which will continue well into July.
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In the days and months leading to World Series, we’ve published a lot of interesting articles and features, the most important one being the full WSOP 2016 schedule, containing dates and starting times for all scheduled events. On top of that, there are also some very useful tips both in the article body and in the comments section which will help make your World Series of Poker experience even more enjoyable.
WSOP 2016 kicks off with Casino Employees event
As is the World Series tradition, the very first event of the Series is the Casino Employees event, open to all casino workers from around the globe. To participate in this event, players must provide their work photo ID or a recent pay stub to as a proof of employment.
Last year, this event gathered an impressive field of 688 players, all paying the $565 entry fee for a shot at a bracelet and the first place prize in the amount of almost $76,000. When it was all said and done, it was Brandon Barnette who took home his very first WSOP gold.
Colossus starts tomorrow
One event everyone is excited about is the Colossus. Featuring a $565 buy-in and $7,000,000 guaranteed prize pool, it caught attention of many players, from recreational to professionals. If there is one event that will break the record in terms of participation, then this is the one.
Last year, Colossus had a total of 22,374 entries. Of this number, 14,284 were unique players while the rest of the number was made up of re-entries. The eventual winner Cord Garcia took home just shy of $639,000, more than 1,100 times the buy-in.
The event created a huge hype in the poker community and this year could easily surpass last year’s numbers, proving once again that poker is anything but dead.
What to be on the lookout for?
While WSOP 2016 kicks off tonight, those following the action from their homes will probably be more interested in big events. These tournaments traditionally attract the biggest names in poker, feature big prize pools, and offer a lot of enjoyment for the fans.
The first of these which will likely be interesting to the wider audience is the $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Championship, starting on June 7th. On June 23rd, there is $10k 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em Championship, another event bound to bring out some of the best tournament pros in the world.
The ever-popular $50,000 Poker Players Championship kicks off on June 2nd and it there is one event in which players love to show their skills and compete against each other, this is the one. On July 8th, $111,111 High Roller for One Drop will see the cards fly through the air, while the very next day, on July 9th, the Main Event begins.
We will try to bring you regular daily updates from the Series and keep you in the loop about all new bracelet winners, fresh made millionaires, and much more.
For poker players and fans, there is no time like summer. As the WSOP 2016 kicks off, everyone is excited about what will happen in the next forty five or so days. Will Phil Hellmuth bring home another bracelet? Will we see Daniel Negreanu make another deep run in the Main Event? So many questions and, for now, so few answers.
We will just have to wait and see what will transpire this year in Las Vegas.