The 2012 World Series of Poker is Officially UnderwayTuesday, May 29th, 2012 by Ryan
The biggest and most well-known poker tournament series in the world is officially underway folks. The 2012 World Series of Poker features a massive number of events with some huge prize pools and some of the best players in the world as well. It runs over a span of just over two months through June, July, and early August, and the events are played at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino in the famous Las Vegas. This is the 43rd anniversary of the popular tournament series, and as always, it starts off with the $500 Casino Employees Event, which is essentially a salute to the members in the casino industry. From there you’ll find that the action kicks off quickly at noon with the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event right after that. Throughout the first week of poker you’ll find that there are ten different tournaments running with buy-in’s ranging from the $500 event all the way to two different $5k events.
This is going to be an incredibly interesting series this year, as last year’s tournament series began with quite a few questions surrounding it. For starters after all of the hype surrounding Black Friday putting a major hit on the World Series, we found quickly that it was actually the opposite, as the 2011 World Series turned out to be one of the largest and most popular in history. There were records broken for entries into events and prize pools, and the WSOP Championship Event ended up being the third largest of all time, showing that Black Friday didn’t slow things down a bit in the live poker world.
While the fields at some of the other largest poker tournaments out there like the European Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour have suffered a bit this season in terms of numbers, we are fully expecting the World Series of Poker to remain top notch as it is still THE prime poker tournament series in the world. This series also has quite a bit of hype surrounding a new tournament called “The Big One for One Drop”, which features a $1 million buy-in, and will also give a ninth of each player’s buy-in to the charity One Drop. This is going to pay out the largest first place prize in the history of poker, and is going to get a ton of intrigue from players, even players who are just fans of the game.
Today is probably one of the most followed day in the live poker game, and we’ll keep you updated as the tournaments roll on through the World Series of Poker. Currently it’s been mentioned that players like Phil Ivey are back in the World Series after taking a one year hiatus. Black Friday may have hit the United States in terms of online poker, but the live poker game in the United States is still on the rise, and that definitely includes the WSOP and the huge prize pools that their events feature.