Today marks the beginning of the 2015 World Series of Poker and organizers are expecting this year’s series to be a huge success. Players will be able to compete in 68 total events with close to $200 million in guaranteed prize pools. Eleven new events have been added to the schedule including an online tournament which is sure to garner a great deal of attention.
With the series taking place in Nevada, per usual, players will be able to log online and compete in the online event as well as take part in iPoker gaming at the WSOP website. Last year, the state saw an increase of 24% in gaming traffic during the first week of the WSOP and this year should see an even larger increase.
For the very first time, players will be allowed to log online at the gaming tables via their mobile device. Essentially, those participating in WSOP events will also be able to play online at the very same time. During the 2014 series, players could bring laptops but with the ease of mobile use and the introduction of the multi-platform of the WSOP, mobiles will be the much preferred choice.
The regulation rule of one player per IP address could have been an issue during the series, so Caesars sought out an exemption from the Nevada Gaming Control Board and was approved. All properties of Caesars including the Rio will be whitelisted throughout the 2015 Series.
The most anticipated event of this year’s series is the Colossus. This tournament will have a buy-in of $565 and offer a $5 million prize pool. This is a massive prize pool for such a low event and chances are the tournament will make poker history. Operators have predicted that as many as 20,000 players will be on contention for the tournament title.
For today, the series kicks off with the No Limit Hold’em Casino Employee Event which has a buy-in of $565 and begins at 12PM. At 4PM, Event #2 will begin with the No Limit Hold’em tournament, with a buy-in of $5,000. For a full look at the schedule of events visit WSOP.com.
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