2012 WSOP Schedule Released

February 2, 2012

The 2012 World Series of Poker schedule was released yesterday with some major changes to what we’ve been used to over the past few years. Instead of playing out the tournament in November, as has been the case since 2008, the tournament will wrap up in the last week of October due to the presidential election. The final table will again be carried out at the Penn & Teller Theater, and is anticipated to again be covered live on ESPN and ESPN 2.

The Main Event will also be scrunched up, shaving three days off the preliminaries in order to accommodate more players, reduce the cost of stay, and cut down on down time between play. The WSOP statement has made it clear that the structure will remain in fact remain intact.

The 43rd annual WSOP will begin on May 27, 2012, and the first open event will take place on Memorial Day, the 28th—a $1,500 NLH tourney. This year’s series will encompass 61 events and will wrap up on July 16th. Again, it will take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Las Vegas and will be covered exclusively on ESPN.

Jack Effel, WSOP tournament director, says, “This year’s WSOP schedule is very exciting. 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.”

Also, 100 tables will be added to the tournament area making it even bigger than ever before.

There will be five new major events including the $1,000,000-million buy-in event, Big One For ONE DROP for which 11.1% of the buy-in will go to onedrop.org.


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