2016 WSOP kicks off tomorrow; here’s what to look for. Aria SHRB down to 16 players.  Allen Kessler’s life gets validation; Chainsaw gets a Wiki page. And more.

Are you ready for the 2016 WSOP?

We’re one day away from the start of the 2016 World Series of Poker, and as we do every year, Part Time Poker will devote the bulk of our daily Hit & Run’s to poker’s most prestigious tournament series, as the H&R will turn into the WSOP H&R for the next six weeks.  Check back every day for all the day’s WSOP news condensed into about 500 words.

As we prep for the summer series I’ve come up with a list of 10 questions I’d like to see answered heading into the series. Hopefully they’ll be answered by the time the poker tables are put away at the Rio in July.

those questions are:

  1. Will the Top Up Turbo be this year’s Modiano?
  2. Will the new Media Czar position pay off?
  3. Will Colossus II set attendance record?
  4. Will Howard Lederer show his face?
  5. How will Nolan Dalla be received?
  6. Is 2016 going to be a breakout year for women?
  7. Over/Under on the Main Event?
  8. What prop bet stories will emerge?
  9. What impact will the GPL have on the WSOP?
  10. Is this the last year Caesars runs the WSOP?

Quick Hitters

– By now, most of the poker world knows Chad Holloway left PokerNews.com to take over as the MSPT Media Director, but what we didn’t know was Holloway also added a gig as a writer for CardsChat.com.  Here’s his first submission to the online outlet.

– We are apparently in the midst of Poker Armageddon,  as the fifth sign of the apocalypse has been realized, Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler has his own Wikipedia page.

Blake Vincent was the winner of the Run It Up Reno Main Event. Jason Somerville, the host of the series, managed to finish in 4th place. My guess is Somerville busted the final table on purpose to avoid starting  the “live poker is rigged” rumors.

– We’re getting close to the finish of the 2016 Aria Super High Roller Poker Bowl, and with 16 players still in the hunt it’s poker pro Matt Berkey who has the chip lead. Also in contention are Dan Shak, Erik Seidel, Dan Smith, Jason Mercier, Phil Hellmuth, and Fedor Holz.