On Sunday, May 27, the 2012 World Series of Poker officially started at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This, the 43rd Annual WSOP, promises to be huge once again and someone will walk off with more than $8,000,000 in hard cash. The Main Event Championship begins July 7 and there will be a total of 61 Gold Bracelets at stake.
There are a lot of significant changes this year that are sure to entice even more participants. Poker history will be made on July 1 when the World Series of Poker will present the highest buy-in poker tournament in history – The Big One… for One Drop at $1,000,000. The winner of this event will take away the first ever WSOP Platinum Bracelet and 11.1% of the buy-in will go to support the One Drop Organization.
The 43rd annual WSOP will conclude with the grandest spectacle in all of gaming – the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship (aka “The Main Event”) (Event #61), which begins play Saturday, July 7 and will reach its final table (nine players) on Monday, July 16, at which time, as has been customary, play will be halted. The delayed final table will return one week earlier than in previous years because of the U.S. Presidential Election slated for the first Tuesday in November. Therefore, the WSOP Main Event final table will be held in two stages, from nine players playing down to two on Sunday, October 28, with heads-up play on Tuesday, October 30. Once again, the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio will host the finale, in front of an anticipated live television audience on ESPN and ESPN2.
We know from your calls and letters that a lot of you picked up any poker dvds and poker books you could find, and even had us search for special ones that you couldn’t find anywhere else so that you could sharpen your skills, with the goal to enter this year’s World Series of Poker. We hope it helped. To all those who we know are gonna try their luck at this year’s WSOP, we wish you the best.