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  • 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event Underway

    Monday, July 9th, 2012 by Ryan

The World Series of Poker draws a massive following from the poker community, but no event out there is bigger than the World Series of Poker’s Main Event. This is the 43rd Annual $10,000 Championship Event, and the action is officially underway at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This tournament series features a massive number of players, and based on history, it seems to be close to a lock that the tournament’s numbers have grown year in and year out. The only years in which the numbers did NOT increase were in 1992, 2007, 2009 and last year (Black Friday), and while there are going to be some questions about how high the numbers can get this year, we’ll look at what to possibly expect below.

The field last year was definitely nothing to be upset about, as it drew in 6,865 players, and the November Nine featured players from all over the world including the United States, Ireland, England, Germany, Czech Republic, Belize, and Ukraine. The final table featuring players from many locations didn’t disappoint either, as it featured some excellent play throughout. Eventually it was down to Pius Heinz, Ben Lamb, and Martin Staszko to decide who would win the massive grand prize, and many people were expected Lamb to win it, since he had been a part of an incredibly 2011 World Series. Lamb was upset early though, leaving Staszko and Heinz to duke it out until the end when Heinz took down the $8.7 million first place pay day.

Heinz will once again be in the field, and he’s looking to do something that no one has done since Johnny Chan did back in the 80’s when he won two back to back Main Event Championships in 1987 and 1988. While last year featured a ton of players and a ton of support, many people were concerned about what the field would look like after Black Friday hit, since there were a ton of players who had quite a bit of money locked up on the major online poker sites out there. While many of the tournaments this year have increased, the bulk of them have non-Hold’em events, but the Hold’em events have actually come short in terms of total numbers this year.

We aren’t sure exactly what to expect yet, but with a ton of satellites that were constantly running, there’s a good chance that we could see numbers that are similar to last year, and could potentially even surpass those numbers. Some expectations from different places have seen potential numbers of around 7,500, which would be an incredibly impressive field. The way the action lays out is that Day 1A began on Saturday, Day 1B was Sunday, and Day 1C is today. After that Tuesday will feature the players who made it through from Day 1A and Day 1B head back to the felt, while Day 1C will continue on Wednesday. Thursday is when all the remaining players will come together to see who makes it to the final nine.

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