Get ready for 61 gold bracelets and nonstop poker action from May 27th through July 16th, 2012, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2012 World Series of Poker schedule has been released with changes concerning the Main Event, the addition of new tournaments, and more tables added in preparation for the 43rd Annual WSOP!
Jack Link's Beef Jerky is once again a familiar face - presenting a set of poker tournaments open to everyone 21 years of age or older. The WSOP begins with the first open WSOP gold bracelet event on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th, with a $1,500 NLH tournament. The first event introduces the excitement and insanity that reigns for almost seven weeks straight and features 61 events - three more than last year.
"This year’s WSOP schedule is very exciting,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, who will oversee the event for the seventh consecutive year. “We’re introducing some fantastic new events, while bringing back many successful stalwarts that our players love. We will expand our footprint this year to include extra tables dedicated to cash games, as well as plenty of satellite and single-day tournament space, so players will have an easy time finding a desirable game without ever having to leave the Rio Convention Center.”
Look for nonstop action and wall-to-wall poker tables jammed to maximum capacity as an additional 92 poker tables will be putting cards in the air in the Brasilia Ballroom. The projection is 470 poker tables will be in use throughout the summer which is up from last year's record-setting series of 378 tables.
With the addition of the extra tables, only three starting days will be necessary for the Main Event as play starts on Saturday, July 7th, Sunday, July 8th, or Monday, July 9th, for all comers. For those Day 1A (Saturday) or 1B (Sunday) starters, survivors will be returning for Day 2 on Tuesday, July 10th. Day 1C (Monday) survivors will play Day 2 on Wednesday, July 11th. Day 3 starts on Thursday, July 12th, will all survivors AND
no scheduled 'off day' this year. The Main Event will play five full levels each day and that removes one more day from last year's schedule. Greater participation is expected by shaving three full days off the Main Event schedule without changing the tournament structure.
There will be no November Nine for 2012; the final table has been moved ahead a week to keep the U.S. presidential election from clashing with the biggest show on earth, the main event of the WSOP. The final table will play out in two stages: Nine players will play down to two on Sunday, October 28th, and the heads-up battle for poker's most coveted trophy - the WSOP Main Event gold bracelet - will kick off on Tuesday, October 30th.
Event #3: $3,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha
Event #6: $5,000 Mix-Max No-Limit Hold’em
Event #28: $2,500 Four-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
Event #49: $1,500 Ante Only No-Limit Hold’em*
Two new non-bracelet events - a $560 Doubles No-Limit Hold’em and a $560 Bracelet Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (former bracelet winners that enter the field will have a bounty placed on their head).
Also June 2nd and 3rd features a $1,500 NLH Re-Entry Tournament and the $1,000,000 buy-in ONE Drop event starts on July 1st at 1:11 p.m. with the Seniors Event beginning at 10 a.m. on the same day.
As of February 8th, 2012, preregistration for the 2012 WSOP will be available online. Visit WSOP.com for a preview of the entire 2012 World Series of Poker Schedule.
*According to the WSOP: “In a twist on traditional no-limit hold’em poker, this event will be played without the small and big blind bets. All players at the table will ante to begin every hand, with the person to the left of the button starting the action with a choice of folding or bringing in the minimum chip amount in play. The event will create a lot of action and multiple-player pots.”
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