2012 WSOP Schedule features 61 events
New events include $1 million buy-in, re-entry, mix-max and four-handed formats
It's said every year with the release of the World Series of Poker schedule: there's something for everyone. The 2012 WSOP schedule features 61 WSOP bracelet events and from May 27 through July 16, players from around the world will return to Las Vegas and the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino with hopes of capturing one of the elusive bracelets that can define a poker player's career.
The one bracelet that trumps them all is the one reserved for the WSOP main event champion and this year, the winner will have his or her hands on it a few weeks earlier. The main event begins on Saturday, July 7 and will offer three starting days. Survivors from Day 1A and 1B will return for their Day 2 on July 10. Those who made it through Day 1C will return to action on Wednesday, July 11, and the field will combine for the first time on Day 3, July 12. Each day will feature five full levels each day (10 hours of play) and only nine players will earn their seats at the final table on July 16.
While the delayed format remains, gone is the "November Nine." The lucky nine that advance to the final table will leave Las Vegas for nearly 15 weeks and return on Oct. 28 to play until only two remain. The champion will be crowned on Oct. 30 in the Penn & Teller Theater.
The WSOP is able to reduce the number of starting days and total playing time for the main event as a result of an expansion in its footprint at the Rio Convention center. Instead of 378 tables available for use each day in 2011, the 2012 WSOP will have a total of 470 tables available each day.
"This year's WSOP schedule is very exciting," WSOP tournament director Jack Effel said. "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."
The 43rd annual WSOP will begin in typical fashion and the $500 Casino Employees event, but from that point on, a multitude of changes highlight what will definitely be an incredible few months. One of the biggest adjustments to this year's schedule is the $1 million buy-in tournament, "The Big One For One Drop." The buy-in for the event includes an 11 percent donation to charity and the champion will most likely earn the largest first-place prize in poker history.
Other new items on the schedule include the first WSOP re-entry event ($1,500 no-limit hold 'em Event 9, June 2) where players who are eliminated on the first day of play can re-enter the following day. The 2011 WSOP Europe debuted the WSOP's first Mix-Max event and as expected, it's also found on the 2012 WSOP schedule. The $5,000 buy-in Event 6 will play nine-handed on Day 1, six-handed on Day 2 and heads-up from that point on. Continuing with the short-handed theme, the WSOP also announced a four-handed no-limit hold 'em event (Event 28) and a $3,000 heads-up event (Event 3) that will feature a split format of no-limit hold 'em and pot-limit Omaha. The players in that event will change games every 20-minute level.
The last new event is the $1,500 ante-only Event 49. There will be no small and big blinds in this event, but the table will ante at the beginning of every hand.
Removed from the 2012 schedule is the $25,000 heads-up no-limit hold 'em event, but the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship remains on the schedule and will once again crown the best all-around player at the Series. The eight-game mixed event will begin on June 24. The biggest buy in for a heads-up event this year will be $10,000 (Event 12).
Keeping its participants in mind, the WSOP will continue to begin events at either noon or 5 p.m. PT and set strict time limits for the amount of play possible each day. The 10-level rule implemented in 2011 remains (no more than 10 one-hour levels to be played each day), but if a starting day achieves more than 1,500 players, an 11th level will be added with the goal of having the field in the money by the end of the first day. Play will conclude by approximately 2 a.m. every night where an 11th level is required and 12:40 when only 10 levels are completed. Players who make Day 2 in the noon events will return at 1 p.m. PT and 2 p.m. for the events starting at 5 p.m.
Two exhibition events will also draw some intrigue in 2012. On June 30, the WSOP's Doubles event will begin. The one-day event will feature a format where teammates alternate levels hoping to take their single stack to victory. A $560 Bounty event will begin on Friday, July 6 and a bounty will be placed on all former WSOP bracelet winners. Both exhibition events and the three "Daily Deepstack" events will not award a bracelet to the winner.
Pre-registration will open for all events on Feb. 8 at WSOP.com and live satellites will begin on site on May 27.
Below is the complete schedule for the 2012 WSOP. ESPN's broadcast schedule will be announced in the coming months.
2012 World Series of Poker Schedule
|1||May 27, noon||Casino Employees Event no-limit hold 'em (two-day event)||$500||Chiab Saechao|
|2||May 28, noon||No-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$1,500||Brent Hanks|
|3||May 29, noon||Heads-up no-limit hold 'em/pot-limit Omaha (three-day event)||$3,000||Leif Force|
|4||May 29, 5 p.m.||Seven-card stud high-low eight-or-better (three-day event)||$1,500||Cory Zeidman|
|5||May 30, noon||Pot-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$1,500||Nick Jivkov|
|6||May 31, noon||Mixed Max (Day 1 nine-handed, Day 2 six-handed, Day 3 and 4 heads-up)||$5,000||Aubin Cazals|
|7||May 31, 5 p.m.||Seven-card stud (three-day event)||$1,500||Andy Bloch|
|8||June 1, noon||Omaha high-low split eight-or-better (three-day event)||$1,500||Herbert Tapscott|
|9||June 2, noon||No-limit hold 'em Re-Entry (two starting days, five-day event)||$1,500||Ashkan Razavi|
|10||June 3, 5 p.m.||Seven-card stud (three-day event)||$5,000||John Monnette|
|11||June 4, noon||Pot-limit Omaha (three-day event)||$1,500||Vincent Van Der Fluit|
|12||June 5, noon||Heads-up no-limit hold 'em world championship (four-day event)||$10,000||Brian Hastings|
|13||June 5, 5 p.m.||Limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$1,500||David Arsht|
|14||June 6, noon.||No-limit hold 'em shootout (three-day event)||$1,500||Brandon Schafer|
|15||June 6, 5 p.m.||Seven-card stud high-low split eight-or-better (three-day event)||$5,000||Adam Friedman|
|16||June 7, noon||Six-handed no-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$1,500||Matt Matros|
|17||June 8, noon||Pot-limit hold 'em world championship (three-day event)||$10,000||Andy Frankenberger|
|18||June 8, 5 p.m.||Razz (three-day event)||$2,500||Phil Hellmuth|
|19||June 9, noon||No-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$1,500||Clifford Goldkind|
|20||June 9, 5 p.m.||Limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$5,000||Benjamin Scholl|
|21||June 10, noon||No-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$1,000||Michael Gathy|
|22||June 10, 5 p.m.||2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (limit, three-day event)||$2,500||Randy Ohel|
|23||June 11, noon||Six-handed no-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$3,000||Simon Charette|
|24||June 11, 5 p.m.||Omaha high-low split eight-or-better (three-day event)||$5,000||Joe Cassidy|
|25||June 12, noon||Limit hold 'em shootout (three-day event)||$1,500||Brian Meinders|
|26||June 12, 5 p.m.||Pot-limit Omaha (three-day event)||$3,000||Austin (Gabe) Scott|
|27||June 13, noon||HORSE (three-day event)||$1,500||Ylon Schwartz|
|28||June 14, noon||Four-handed no-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$2,500||Timothy Adams|
|29||June 15, 10 a.m.||Seniors World Championship (three-day event)||$1,000||Allyn Jaffrey Shulman|
|30||June 15, 5 p.m.||No-limit 2-7 Draw Lowball (three-day event)||$1,500||Larry Wright|
|31||June 16, noon||No-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$1,500||Carter Phillips|
|32||June 16, 5 p.m.||HORSE world Championship (three-day event)||$10,000||David Baker|
|33||June 17, noon||No-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$1,000||Max Steinberg|
|34||June 18, noon||Six-handed pot-limit Omaha (three-day event)||$5,000||Naoya Kihara|
|35||June 18, 5 p.m.||Mixed hold 'em (three-day event)||$2,500||Chris Tryba|
|36||June 19, noon||No-limit hold 'em shootout(three-day event)||$3,000||Craig McCorkell|
|37||June 19, 5 p.m.||Eight-game mix (limit hold 'em, Omaha high-low split, razz, seven card stud, seven card stud high-low, no-limit hold 'em, pot-limit Omaha, 2-7 triple draw; three-day event)||$2,500||David Baker|
|38||June 20, noon||No-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$1,500||Dung Nguyen|
|39||June 21, noon||Pot-limit Omaha world championship (three-day event)||$10,000||Jan-Peter Jachtmann|
|40||June 21, 5 p.m.||Six-handed limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$2,500||Ronnie Bardah|
|41||June 22, noon||No-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$3,000||Greg Ostrander|
|42||June 22, 5 p.m.||Omaha/Seven-card stud split (three-day event)||$2,500||Oleksii Kovalchuk|
|43||June 23, noon||No-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$1,500||Henry Lu|
|44||June 24, noon||No-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$1,000||Rocco Palumbo|
|45||June 24, 5 p.m.||Poker Players Championship (five-day event)||$50,000||Michael Mizrachi|
|46||June 25, noon||No-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$2,500||Joey Weissman|
|47||June 27, noon||Pot-limit Omaha high-low split eight-or-better (three-day event)||$1,500||Steven Loube|
|48||June 26, 5 p.m.||Limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$3,000||Kenny Hsiung|
|49||June 27, noon||Ante only, no-limit hold 'em(three-day event)||$1,500||Greg Hobson|
|50||June 28, noon||No-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$5,000||Pete Vilandos|
|51||June 29, noon||Ladies no-limit hold 'em championship (three-day event)||$1,000||Yen Dang|
|52||June 29, 5 p.m.||10-game mixed event (no-limit hold 'em, razz, limit hold 'em, Badugi, seven card stud, 2-7 draw lowball, Omaha high-low split, pot-limit Omaha, 2-7 triple draw lowball and seven card stud high-low split eight-or-better; three-day event)||$2,500||Vanessa Selbst|
|53||June 30, noon||No-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$1,500||Jim Willerson|
|54||July 1, noon||No-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$1,000||Will Jaffe|
|55||July 1, 1:11 p.m.||The Big One for One Drop (three-day event)||$1,000,000||Antonio Esfandiari|
|56||July 2, noon||No-limit hold 'em (three-day event)||$1,500||Tomas Junek|
|57||July 3, noon||Six-handed no-limit hold 'em world championship (three-day event)||$10,000||Greg Merson|
|58||July 3, 5 p.m. (three-day event)||Pot-limit Omaha high-low split eight-or-better||$3,000||Vyacheslav Zhukov|
|59||July 4, 12 p.m. (two starting days, four-day event)||No-limit hold 'em||$1,000||Dominik Nitsche|
|60||July 5, 5 p.m. (three-day event)||2-7 Draw Lowball world championship||$10,000||Nick Schulman|
|61||July 7 - July 16||No-limit hold 'em main event||$10,000||October Nine|
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