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2016 WSOP and History - Schedule and New Events

[Note: This article was written after the 2016 WSOP schedule was announced. Footnotes include updates through the online 2020 WSOP.]

The 2016 World Series of Poker kicked off on the first of June with the Casino Employees event. The Main Event began on July 9 but wasn't the last event to start for the first time since 2008.1

That honor belonged to the concurrent Little One for One Drop that started on July 12. The Main Event played down to the November Nine on July 18 before taking a break until mid-fall. The final table returned on October 30 for three more days of scheduled play.

The WSOP increased the starting stack for the Main Event and all other $10,000 buyin events from 30,000 to 50,000 chips.2

For the sixth straight year, the number of events increased to a new record, this time to 69, one more than 2015. Mixed Games and Omaha (high and hi/lo) each gained two events, while No-Limit Hold 'Em lost one event, and Pot-Limit Hold 'Em lost two to disappear entirely from the schedule for the first time since its introduction in 1992.3

The $1,500 Ten-Game Mix/Six-Handed was replaced by an Eight-Game Mix Six Max, while two new Mixed Games debuted: a $1,500 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold 'Em event, a combination that was used once for a heads up event in 2012, and a $2,500 Limit Triple Draw Lowball mix with Ace-to-Five, Deuce-to-Seven, and Badugi. All three of these varieties have been played in larger mixed events, but this was the first time they were separated out. The trio was especially unusual as it lacked at least one of the H.O.R.S.E. events normally found in every WSOP mix.

From 1979 to 1983, the WSOP had a Seven-Card Stud4 Mixed Doubles event with teams composed of one man and one woman alternating play every half hour. A new $1,000-per-team event debuted in 2016 with teams of two to four of any gender, with each team deciding who should play by blind level.5 At $250 per player for members of four-player teams, this became the cheapest way to play a WSOP tournament since 1978.6

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