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  • September 18, 2020

2015 WSOP Colossus Event

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The 2015 World Series of Poker is right around the corner, and no event is garnering more interest than Event #5: $565 “The Colossus” No-Limit Hold’em. This event will kick off the opening weekend on Friday, May 29, and it is highly expected to produce a massive turnout.
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The five-day tournament features a guaranteed prize pool of $5 million, and there’s no doubt it’s going to be a jam-packed affair with conservative estimates putting the field between 10,000-15,000 entrants, while optimists say it could even surpass 20,000.
It’s certainly a very large number, but Palansky’s projection is based off several factors including early preregistration, feedback from various contact points, and most importantly, numbers from last year’s Monster Stack and Millionaire Maker.
To accommodate the massive turnout, the WSOP has arranged for four starting flights, each with two “Late Waves,” which will seat players with the 5,000-chip starting stack but entering at the current level and blinds.
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Players will be assigned seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the flight’s initial capacity has been reached, registration for that starting flight closes. Seats will then be sold to “Late Wave Flight 1” (approx. 750 seats) and once all those seats have been sold, seats will be sold to “Late Wave Flight 2” (approx. 1,000 seats).
Players may not reenter the same flight, but reentries are allowed for the following flights. Players may forfeit their current chip stack at the end of the flight prior to bagging if they choose for the opportunity to reenter another flight. Players may not enter another flight once they have survived a flight with chips and haven’t forfeited them.
Each Day 1 flight will play 10, 40-minute levels (7 hours, 45 minutes of play time) with no dinner break. The 10 a.m. flights are estimated to end at 5:45 p.m., and the 6 p.m. flights will end around 1:45 a.m. All times are local Las Vegas times.
The surviving players will then return on Sunday, May 31 for Day 2. The restart time is to be determined, but likely will be 1 p.m. at the earliest. Then, on Monday, June 1, the remaining players will play Day 3 in the Amazon Room, which is where all subsequent days will be played.
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