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2012 World Series of Poker Final Table Moved To October
Schedule for 2012 Released Wednesday Morning
On Wednesday morning, the 2012 World Series of Poker schedule was unveiled and included some significant changes.
This year’s WSOP will feature a total of 61 events, running from May 27th to July 16th. Despite rumors of a possible venue change over the last few years, the Series will remain at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. An additional 92 poker tables will be put in play in 2012, with the Brasilia Ballroom providing the additional tables not in use last year. In all, the WSOP anticipates 470 poker tables in use throughout the summer –- up from 378 in play during last year’s record-setting series.
There have been plenty of other alterations made for the 2012 schedule, and here is a brief look at some of the most notable changes.
November Nine Moved To October and Other Main Event Changes
The 2012 WSOP Main Event final table will be delayed, just not as long. This year the final table will play out one week earlier than in previous years. With the U.S. Presidential Election slated for the first Tuesday in November, the WSOP Main Event final table will be held in two stages, from nine players playing down to two on Sunday, October 28th, and then heads up play will resume on Tuesday, October 30th.
In addition to the major news, some changes have been made to the 2012 WSOP Main Event. This year the event will run from July 7th through July 16th, for a total of three days shorter than in previous years. How was this achieved? Instead of four starting days, there are now only three, days 1A, 1B and 1C. Players from 1A and 1B will play their day two on Tuesday, July 10th. Day 1C players play their day two on Wednesday, July 11th, and all fields will combine the following day. In 2011 there was a day off following the completion of day 2A and 2B. In 2012 this day-off has been eliminated. Also, there has been one day of play down removed from the schedule, with the assurance that all days will play the standard five levels, except potentially the last day before the final table is set.
First $1 Million Buy-In Tournament In History
One new event this year that has drawn a lot of interest is The Big One for One Drop scheduled for July 1st. This will be the first ever $1 million buy-in event, making it the largest in poker history. Cirque Du Soleil owner and founder of the One Drop charity, Guy Laliberté, championed the event. The One Drop Foundation fights for universal access to water, and in this event each buy-in which will raise $111,111 for the charity.
When the event was announced, WSOP organizers said that the tournament would only award a gold bracelet if it garnered 22 entrants. At this time, there are exactly 22 confirmed participants, including Laliberté, Bobby Baldwin, Andy Beal, Tom Dwan, Jonathan Duhamel and more. There is a 48-player cap to the event.
New Bracelet Events For 2012
In addition to the ‘Big One For One Drop,’ the 2012 WSOP will also feature four other brand new bracelet events. The first is event no.3, a $3,000 heads-up no limit hold’em/pot-limit Omaha event with a 512 player cap. Players will alternate between the two games each 20-minute level.
Event no. 6 is a $5,000 buy-in that will utilize the increasingly popular “mix-max” no-limit hold’em format. Playing in this event will require players to have the skills to play nine-handed (on Day 1), six-handed (on Day 2) and in a heads-up format for the final 32. Players will carry their chips throughout and be re-seeded for heads-up, with the highest chip total facing the lowest, etc.
Event no. 28 will see the premiere of four-handed no-limit hold’em tables at the WSOP, with a $2,500 buy-in.
Finally, event no. 49 is a $1,500 buy-in ante only no-limit hold’em. There are no small and big blind, and every player antes every hand, with action beginning to the left of the dealer button with a choice of folding or bringing it in.
This year will also feature the first re-entry tournament in WSOP history, with event no. 9, a $1,500 NoLimit Hold’em tournament, where players can play on Saturday and re-enter on Sunday if they get knocked out the first day
Here is the complete list of bracelet events at the 2012 WSOP:
|Start Date||Start Time||No. of Days||Event No.||Event Name||Buy-In|
|5/27/12||12:00 PM||2||1||Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em||$500|
|5/28/12||12:00 PM||3||2||No-Limit Hold’em||$1,500|
|5/29/12||12:00 PM||3||3||Heads-Up NLH / PLO (512 cap)||$3,000|
|5/29/12||5:00 PM||3||4||Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better||$1,500|
|5/30/12||12:00 PM||3||5||Pot-Limit Hold’em||$1,500|
|5/31/12||12:00 PM||4||6||No-Limit Hold’em Mixed Max||$5,000|
|5/31/12||5:00 PM||3||7||Seven Card Stud||$1,500|
|6/1/12||12:00 PM||3||8||Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better||$1,500|
|6/2/12||12:00 PM||5||9||No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry||$1,500|
|6/3/12||5:00 PM||3||10||Seven Card Stud||$5,000|
|6/3/12||12:00 PM||3||11||Pot-Limit Omaha||$1,500|
|6/4/12||12:00 PM||4||12||Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em (512 cap)||$10,000|
|6/5/12||5:00 PM||3||13||Limit Hold’em||$1,500|
|6/5/12||12:00 PM||3||14||NLH Shootout (2,000 cap)||$1,500|
|6/6/12||5:00 PM||3||15||Seven Card Stud 8/OB||$5,000|
|6/7/12||12:00 PM||3||16||No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed||$1,500|
|6/8/12||12:00 PM||3||17||Pot-Limit Hold’em||$10,000|
|6/8/12||5:00 PM||3||18||Seven Card Razz||$2,500|
|6/9/12||12:00 PM||3||19||No-Limit Hold’em||$1,500|
|6/9/12||5:00 PM||3||20||Limit Hold’em||$5,000|
|6/10/12||12:00 PM||3||21||No-Limit Hold’em||$1,000|
|6/10/12||5:00 PM||3||22||2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)||$2,500|
|6/11/12||12:00 PM||3||23||No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed||$3,000|
|6/11/12||5:00 PM||3||24||Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better||$5,000|
|6/12/12||12:00 PM||3||25||Limit Hold’em Shootout||$1,500|
|6/12/12||5:00 PM||3||26||Pot-Limit Omaha||$3,000|
|6/14/12||12:00 PM||3||28||No-Limit Hold’em / Four Handed||$2,500|
|6/15/12||10:00 AM||3||29||Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship||$1,000|
|6/15/12||5:00 PM||3||30||2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit)||$1,500|
|6/16/12||12:00 PM||3||31||No-Limit Hold’em||$1,500|
|6/17/12||12:00 PM||3||33||No-Limit Hold’em||$1,000|
|6/18/12||12:00 PM||3||34||Pot-Limit Omaha / Six Handed||$5,000|
|6/18/12||5:00 PM||3||35||Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No-Limit)||$2,500|
|6/19/12||12:00 PM||3||36||NLH Shootout (2,000 player max)||$3,000|
|6/19/12||5:00 PM||3||37||Eight Game Mix||$2,500|
|6/20/12||12:00 PM||3||38||No-Limit Hold’em||$1,500|
|6/21/12||12:00 PM||3||39||Pot-Limit Omaha||$10,000|
|6/21/12||5:00 PM||3||40||Limit Hold’em / Six-Handed||$2,500|
|6/22/12||12:00 PM||3||41||No-Limit Hold’em||$3,000|
|6/22/12||5:00 PM||3||42||Omaha/Seven Card Stud 8/OB||$2,500|
|6/23/12||12:00 PM||3||43||No-Limit Hold’em||$1,500|
|6/24/12||12:00 PM||3||44||No-Limit Hold’em||$1,000|
|6/24/12||5:00 PM||5||45||The Poker Players Championship||$50,000|
|6/25/12||12:00 PM||3||46||No-Limit Hold’em||$2,500|
|6/26/12||12:00 PM||3||47||Pot-Limit Omaha 8/OB||$1,500|
|6/26/12||5:00 PM||3||48||Limit Hold’em||$3,000|
|6/27/12||12:00 PM||3||49||Ante Only No-Limit Hold’em||$1,500|
|6/28/12||12:00 PM||3||50||No-Limit Hold’em||$5,000|
|6/29/12||12:00 PM||3||51||Ladies No-Limit Hold’em||$1,000|
|6/29/12||5:00 PM||3||52||10-Game Mix / Six Handed||$2,500|
|6/30/12||12:00 PM||3||53||No-Limit Hold’em||$1,500|
|7/1/12||12:00 PM||3||54||No-Limit Hold’em||$1,000|
|7/1/12||1:11 PM||3||55||The Big One for One Drop -NLH||$1,000,000|
|7/2/12||12:00 PM||3||56||No-Limit Hold’em||$1,500|
|7/3/12||12:00 PM||3||57||No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed||$10,000|
|7/3/12||5:00 PM||3||58||Pot-Limit Omaha 8/OB||$3,000|
|7/4/12||12:00 PM||4||59||No-Limit Hold’em||$1,000|
|7/5/12||5:00 PM||3||60||No-Limit Hold’em||$10,000|
|7/7/12||12:00 PM||10||61||No-Limit Hold’em Main Event||$10,000|
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