According to WSOP.com, the WSOP announces their most popular festival scheduled to run right May 30 to July 17 next year. WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart stated in a release, "We want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and best wishes for a safe and successful 2017. 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."
The longest-running poker tournament series shall conclude on July 17 with satellites, cash games, gold bracelet events, and daily deepstack tournaments 3x a day for 49 straight days.
The WSOP Main Event will see a final table of nine on July 17.
What also excites the poker fans is that next year's WSOP schedule will feature Colossus III, the world's biggest live poker event as the opening weekend event - a 3-day $565 buy-in reentry no-limit hold'em tournament starting June 2 to June 4. The $565 Colossus III is indeed an incredibly cheap event compared to other tournaments in the WSOP. It features a $1 million guaranteed prize pool and has attracted 43,987 entrants during its first two years.
Events which are also back on schedule are the Millionaire Maker, the Ladies Championship, Monster Stack, the Little one for ONE DROP, and the Seniors Event.
The Seniors Event, which is a $1,000 buy-in event for players 50 years of age and over, has a slot on the calendar: June 16, Friday. For the first time ever, it will be a re-entry event.
The 2016 WSOP is comprised of 69 events and brought in 107,833 entrants from 107 countries, a record for the Series. Total prize pools across all tournaments reached to over $221 million.
Qui Nguyen won the Main Event this year utilizing a super-aggressive style of play, winning $8 million. The main event attracted 6,737 players, and was aired on TV by ESPN for its 15th year in a row.
Next year's WSOP event is expected to be even bigger, with at least 70 events.
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