As unbelievable as it may seem, the 46th Annual World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has already begun.
And, the very first 2015 gold bracelet has already been claimed. Brandon Barnette overcame some hard beats to finally take home the bracelet and more than 75k, which was made even sweeter because it was his first WSOP event! Congratulations for raking all the chips Brandon, job well done.
Today’s big thrill, of course, is the amazing, highly touted, eagerly anticipated debut of “Colossus”, the $565 buy-in event that guarantees a $5 million prize pool. The more than 14,000 players . . .registered 24 hours before the event was scheduled to begin . . . guaranteed absolute insanity at the Rio today and tomorrow, or as PokerNews has called it, the “Rumble at the Rio.”
We have eyes and ears at the Rio following the action and we will do our best to post the highlights for you here.
WOW…. It’s hard to believe how fast the time has flown by since last year’s Final Table of the 45th annual World Series Of Poker (WSOP) and the celebration of Martin Jacobson winning it all and taking home $10 million. Now here it is 2015 and the 46th annual WSOP is almost here. It’s time to Rock and Roll, and the WSOP will officially put cards in the air, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, with nearly $200 million in prize money up for grabs. As always, there will be several new events and changes that are designed to provide more excitement.
The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has once again geared up and is ready to host poker’s most popular and prestigious festival from May 27 to July 14, 2015 when, as usual, the November Nine will emerge and prepare to do battle at the final table in November.
One of the new events that we are anxious to see will be on May 29 when the WSOP debuts the “Colossus” $565 buy-in with an outstanding $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. Wow!
New Events: This year, eleven exciting new events will debut. They are:
May 29-30: Event #5 – $565 Colossus No-Limit Hold’em with a $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.
May 31: Event #6 – $1,000 Hyper No-Limit Hold’em with a fast, two-day structure.
June 20: Event #42 – $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em featuring longer, 90-minute levels.
June 21: Event #43 – $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em. Must be age 65+ to enter.
June 26: Event #53 – $5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em, two-day structure with a high buy-in.
June 27: Event #55 – $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 No-Limit Hold’em. Half the field to be paid.
June 29: Event #60 – $25,000 High Roller 8-handed Pot-Limit Omaha. 4-day event.
July 1: Event #62 – $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em. Every player is a bounty. Each is worth $500.
July 3: Event #65 – $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em, featuring a first-ever $777 price point.
July 3: Event #67 – $10,000 Dealers Choice, featuring 19 variants – the most ever played in a single WSOP event.
I don’t know about you, but to me those are enough reasons to book my flight to Vegas immediately. But if you can’t make it to the Rio, you can still participate in this year’s World Series of Poker. For the first time ever this year there is an 11th new bracelet event, Event #64, that you can participate in right from the comfort of your home (the only catch is that you reside somewhere in Nevada). The online real-money poker home of the WSOP announced their first-ever online bracelet event to be held on July 2 at 12 noon. This will be a $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event and it will award the first-ever online WSOP gold bracelet. For all preliminary details click here.
Okay, so we all know that the 46th Annual WSOP is fast approaching and that it all starts on May 27th with lots of small events leading up to the Main Event with a $10 million guarantee. What you may not know is that this year there will be more “Light Events.” There will be the $565 buy-in Colossus with a $5 million guaranteed prize pool and the $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker with $1 million guaranteed to first place, just to name a couple. These events and several more will provide a Main Event-like structure with the chance to play for a big first-place prize, but for far less than the $10,000 Buy-In Main Event price, which can certainly be intimidating if you’re on a budget.
Most of you will think twice and maybe thrice before slapping down 10k for a chance at a piece of the $10 million guarantee. Payouts will begin with whomever gets knocked out at the 1,000th place, and that person will cash out for 15k (that’s a 5k profit). Last year there were 6,683 entries, so if this year there are 6,000 plus you’ll have a fair chance at cashing. However, as already mentioned, if you’re on a budget or not quite ready for the big time, then you may want to start with the Colossus or maybe the Millionaire Maker; that guarantees you a cool million if you take first place. That’s still more than enough money to give you bragging rights for a very long time. Plus, you could then easily drop 10k for the main event if you really wanted to. So, will you be at the Light-Event tables or will you try your luck and go all-in at the Main Event . . . and maybe even make it all the way to the Final Table?
For any of you who have played poker non-stop through the course of the night and into the wee hours of the morning, this news flash from our favorite poker news source, “PokerNews” itself, should bring a smile unto your weary, tired, sleepy grinder brains.
Chad Holloway, a 2013 World Series of Poker Bracelet winner, who also happens to be the Managing Editor of PokerNews, has taken his passion for poker, his passion for zombies and his passion for comic books and created the ultimate Zombie Poker Adventure: The World Series of Zombies (WSOZ). In this bizarre world of Holloway’s, he features some of poker’s greatest names including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Vanessa Selbst, Antonio Esfandiari, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, and Phil Laak.
Personally, I think this is bound to become a classic collectors’ item and I will be picking up our copy at the Rio in Vegas very soon. In the meantime, for all the details just go to the PokerNews website and check it out for yourselves.
Next time you’re grinding at the tables all night remember; there are Poker Zombies walking amongst you.