The countdown is on! The Colossus starts June 2, which is this week. But how about those of you who haven’t yet gone professional – are you able to participate? Absolutely!
The first open event of this year’s World Series of Poker will be Colossus II – the world’s largest live poker event, which organizers have revamped for this year’s competition. Starting on Thursday June 2nd, and running until Saturday 4th June, there will be two start times each day (10am and 4pm) for Colossus II, a $565 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold’em tournament.
So, exactly what makes Colossus II such an exciting part of the World Series of Poker? Well, in addition to its low buy-in of $565, the competition features an additional $2,000,000 in guaranteed prize pool. This translates into a prize pool guarantee of $7,000,000. This is up from $5,000,000 in 2015. If that’s not motivation enough, the first place prize is a guaranteed whopping $1,00,000. Organisers have also slid in another couple of entry flights to allow more people to participate.
It’s clear that organisers of the competition have taken feedback from last year into consideration when planning this year’s event. Participants in 2015’s Colossus highlighted congestion. To combat this, this year each starting flight will play into the money, and each player will be permitted to cash multiple times over the course of the event should they choose to enter more than just one flight.
Those wishing to register for Colossus II should do so in advance. Players are only allowed to register for one flight in the first instance, but are able to re-enter other starting flights if they fail to advance on their first try.