The full schedule for the 2015 World Series of Poker has been released and for the first time ever a WSOP bracelet will be awarded in an online poker event. The official announcement can be found here, and the entire schedule including structure information can be found here.
Players across the state of Nevada can log on to WSOP.com NV from their desktop computers, laptops or mobile devices and compete in Event # 64 on Thursday, July 2 at 12 PM local time. Players will even be able to compete in this event while at the Rio competing in another tournament, playing in a satellite or a cash game.
The buy-in for the first-ever online event is $1000. Additional details including the blind structure, scheduled breaks and the availability of satellites has yet to be released. If the online version of a $1000 buy-in mimics that of the land-based version, players will be starting with stacks of 5000 chips or the equivalent of 100 big blinds. In fact, all events with a buy-in under $10,000 will have more starting chips than in previous years.
However the event will not take place entirely online. Play will stop once the event reaches its final two players. Those players will then compete live at the Rio on July 3 to determine who takes home the bracelet.
Other New Events
A total of 11 new events will be played at the 2015 World Series of Poker. One of the more interesting new events is the $565 Colossus No Limit Hold’ em event that features a $5 million guaranteed prize pool.
This year also features a $1500 DraftKings 50/50 No Limit Hold’ em tournament in which half of the field will make the money, and a $1500 Bounty No Limit Hold’ em tournament where every player in the field has a $500 bounty on their head.
Other new tournaments include the $777 Lucky 7s tournament, The $25,000 High Roller 8-Handed Pot Limit Omaha event and the $1000 Super Seniors No Limit Hold’ em event where you must be 65 years of age or older to enter.
“If you’ve never thought about coming to Las Vegas for the WSOP, this is the year,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “Now more than ever, the WSOP has something for everyone and with this schedule we believe the value and the opportunity for player success exists in each and every event we are offering in 2015.”
The series officially kicks off on Wednesday, May 27 and offers nearly $200 million in prize money. The Main Event—which has been restructured so that nearly 50% more players will make it to the money—has three starting days beginning on Sunday, July 5. Satellites into the Main Event will run throughout the series including the special Main event satellite day on July 4 with entry fees as low as $125.