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
The Casino Employees event was last instead of first.
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
Starting stacks were 10,000 chips from 1972 to 2005, 20,000 since 2006, and 30,000 since 2009.
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 removal of the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold 'Em event was a surprise as attendance figures had been healthy. After peaking at 1,102 entries in 2006, numbers had settled into a steady range from 535 (2013) to 765 (2011), with 2015's 639 in the middle of that range and the median of the 68 tournaments at the 2005 WSOP (32 events had fewer entries, including three that were under 100).
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
The 1980 event was No-Limit Hold 'Em, however.
The official rules of the team event state that "After everyone has played at least one round of blinds, teams may freely tag each other in and out as long as they are not actively in a hand."
The 1977 Women's Championship was just $100 (as was the 2020 online Opener; the record was broken later in the summer by the $50 Big 50), while the 1978 Women's Championship was $200. Of course, if you can sell shares of your action, you can play any WSOP event with no outlay at all.