The official schedule for the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has been announced, which will feature 61 different tournaments with the $10,000 buy-in Main Event wrapping up the action.
The official schedule for the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has been announced, which will feature 61 different tournaments with the $10,000 buy-in Main Event wrapping up the action. Held in Las Vegas (the poker epicenter of the universe) each summer, the WSOP draws tens of thousands of poker players from around the globe each year.
While there are some notable changes the biggest rumored change -- eliminating the delay added in 2008 that sees the final table of the Main Event played out months after play is halted at nine players -- failed to materialize, despite a Tweet from the WSOP a few days ago strongly hinting at a change.
The release of the preliminary schedule of 2012 WSOP events that showed the Main Event running from July 7-16 and a Tweet stating “A few hints on WSOP schedule coming tomorrow…you won’t find the November Nine returning.” had many poker fans guessing that the WSOP would return to its roots and go back to the format of having the Main Event play all the way down to a winner with no delay.
The November Nine format was added in 2008 in an attempt to boost television ratings and interest in the WSOP, with the hopes that delaying the final table of nine players until November would give mainstream media the chance to interview players and publicize the event.
That format will return in 2012, however, with the Main Event pausing at the final table no July 17 then resuming on October 28, with a winner decided on October 30. The WSOP said the move a week or two earlier was to avoid conflict with primary voting in the US Presidential election.
While the WSOP Main Event grabs the headlines each year due to a huge payout to the winner of $8-$9 million, several other of the 61 events on the schedule make the winner millionaires. The 2012 WSOP schedule also includes the poker tournament with the largest buy-in ever held, with the $1 million buy-in Big One for ONE DROP event held for the very first time.