The World Series of Poker will commence on May 28, 2012. It will culminate on July 7 when the $10,000 Main Event starts and will have a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament. Another 59 events will take place with varying buy-ins from a $1,000 No Limit event on June 17 all the way up to a $1 million buy-in No Limit event for the high rollers, over those six weeks. Everyone dreams of winning a gold bracelet, therefore this year’s WSOP is expected to draw another healthy crowd of poker players to Las Vegas.
Famous Players Expected to Participate
Every year, the World Series of Poker draws the very best players from the poker community and this is the best aspect of this tournament. Players who are expected to compete in this year’s WSOP include Phil Hellmuth, Michael Mizrachi, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negraneu and Johnny Chan. Pius Heinz is expected to show up in the tournament to defend his Main Event title. Since Johnny Chan did it in 1987 and 1988, Heinz became the first back-to-back champion. It would be very difficult for Heinz to repeat as champion, as a large field of approximately 6,800 poker players is expected to register for the Main Event.
How to Make the Main Event Final Table
Poker players can adjust their plans accordingly as this year’s Main Event tournament structure has already been released. On July 7, the $10,000 buy-in event will begin with three separate day 1’s starting that day. On July 7, Day 1A will be played; on July 8, Day 1B will be played and Day 1C will be played July 9. The remaining players from Day 1A will play in Day 2A on July 10, after those days have been completed. It will be in a separate room away from the Day 2A players, although the remaining players from Day 1B will also play their Day 2B on July 10. Day 2C will be held on July 11.
All of the remaining players will be combined into one Day 3 on July 12 and continue through the tournament as one group of players, once Day 2C is completed. At 12pm, Days 3 through 6 will start and it will have last five levels of play. With several 20 min breaks and one 90 min dinner break, each level is 120 min long. The field will continue play until there are only nine players remaining on Day 7, which will be held on July 16. Players should plan accordingly since this may take longer than five levels of play. The tournament will break until October 28 when nine players remain and then the nine players will return to Las Vegas to play the final table.
Until there are just two players remaining, the final table of nine players will play. Then they will break once again. On October 30th, in the Penn and Teller Theater the heads up portion of the final table will take place. The final table will be broadcasted by ESPN.