Online Players Eye Vegas Trips as WSOP Announces Preliminary 2017 Schedule

Updated: December 28th, 2016 by Dev Ops

Online poker players the world over — though most particularly those in the United States — can begin shaping their poker bankrolls and making their travel plans to Las Vegas in 2017, as the World Series of Poker has released the first details about next year’s edition of the world’s largest live poker series.

wsop-logoNext year’s edition of the WSOP, the 48th annual edition of the series, officially opens its doors on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017, with plenty of cash-game and satellite-tourney play at its home for nearly a decade and a half, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.  On the following day, Wednesday, May 31st, the lengthy slate of official “bracelet” events begins with the traditional $565 buy-in Casino Employees event.  That’s one of only three such special-entry events on what the WSOP promises will be a 70-or-more bracelet-event slate, which stretches another seven weeks and change — until the WSOP Main Event’s “Novemeber Nine” is determined on Monday, July 17th, 2017.

The World Series of Poker traditional releases its full, detailed schedule of events in February, and that’s again the plan this time around.  What the WSOP does provide, for the holidays, is its annual preview of highlights, with some (but not all) details about the major events released to the public.

Though it’s going to be last on the numbered list of bracelet events, the WSOP’s Main Event always draws the most attention.  Next year, poker’s most notable event begins on Saturday, July 8th, and will run for ten consecutive days, ending on Monday, July 17th.  (We’re actually presuming that the November Nine returns in 2017, as the schedule doesn’t fit without it, though the WSOP has yet to officially confirm that detail.)  The July 8th Day 1A flight is the first of three, with Days 1B and 1C occurring on July 9th and 10th, respectively.

Among the other highlights featured in the WSOP’s preliminary tease:

Colossus Returns.  Per the WSOP: “The opening weekend event of the 2017 schedule will once again feature the return of the world’s largest live poker event.  Colossus III will be a $565 buy-in re-entry No-Limit Hold’em tournament featuring two starting flights a day over three consecutive days – Friday, June 2, Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4.  The format will include re-entry, allowing players to enter again if they fail to advance initially.  This event has drawn 43,987 entries during its first two iterations, easily the largest live tournaments ever and allowing all-comers to pony up the $565 entry and try and turn it into $1 million in a matter of days.”

Also Returning in 2017: Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Little One for ONE DROP, Seniors Event and Ladies Championship.  The traditional Seniors tourney, open to players aged 50 and up, is the only other event with dates officially announced, starting at 10 am on Friday, June 16th.  One new wrinkle, which is also part of the Casino Employees event, is that a single re-entry will be allowed for players who have been eliminated.  Whether that option will also be added to the third of the WSOP’s three “special” tourneys, the $1,000 Ladies vent, remains unknown to the public.

The WSOP also confirmed that non-bracelet deep-stack tourneys will be offered three times a day throughout the series, contingent upon table and space availability.  The WSOP also served up a few more facts and figures from the 2016 series.  Again, per the WSOP:

  • The average WSOP gold bracelet event in 2016 featured a $3,205,961 prize pool with $555,475 going to the event’s winner;
  • The 2016 WSOP featured the Top 5 field sizes of the year in all of poker with the Main Event (6,737), Millionaire Maker (7,190), Monster Stack (6,927), Crazy Eights (6,761) and Colossus (21,613) entries combining to attract a staggering 49,228 entries;
  • The 107,833 entries at the 2016 WSOP were the most in the event’s 47-year history;
  • A record 15,767 entrants walked away with prize money, with the WSOP’s new 15% target payout structure utilized for the first time.

“We want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and best wishes for a safe and successful 2017,” said the WSOP’s Executive Director, Ty Stewart.  “We are busy trying to finalize the entire 2017 WSOP schedule.  We anticipate a similar series to last year with a few new wrinkles, but ensuring a broad array of options to satisfy every potential participant.”

Many online players are sure to begin shaping their play with a summer trip to Vegas and the WSOP in mind, whether they play on Caesars’ officially online sites, their corporate partners’ offerings (such as 888Poker), or on third sites where non-affiliated and unofficial prize packages designed to fit to WSOP event buy-ins are often offered.

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