First 2012 World Series of Poker Details Revealed

If you’ve been thinking that 2011 is your year – that you’re finally going to put your money where your mouth is and ante up alongside the big boys – then pay close attention because we’ve just received the tentative schedule for the 42nd Annual World Series of Poker. As always, the WSOP will take place in Las Vegas again next year. From May 31 through July 19, the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino will once again be home to thousands of the world’s most successful (and hopeful) poker players.

While the WSOP won’t be releasing a full list of events, buy-ins and dates until next month, they have already offered up a couple interesting tidbits about next year’s tournament. First, if you’re saving for a Main Event buy-in this year, then you’ve got until July 7 to get your $10k together. That’s when the first Day 1 competition convenes. As with the 2010 Main Event, next year’s big show will have four starting days running from July 7 – July 10.

While players are invited to buy in early, we don’t recommend waiting until the last day. That’s because the WSOP Main Event has gotten so big that they’ve had to close entries early the last couple years, leaving more than a few aspiring players (and even some notable pros) without a seat at the biggest poker event of the year.

The WSOP has been changing things up a little every year by rotating their mixed game events, offering additional budget buy-ins, and tweaking their lineup to reflect current poker trends, so we’d be hard-pressed to make any predictions about what the WSOP has up their sleeve for 2010. That said, we do know that the series is finally going to do away with the grueling sessions that have resulted from the larger numbers and increasingly tight competition. To do so, they’ll be instituting a 10 level/day rule for all their 2011 bracelet events. Regardless of how many players are left, events will now wrap after the completion of that tenth level.

The 2010 WSOP offered 57 bracelet events interspersed with a number of specialty and charity events. That’s the same number of official events that were offered in 2009, which was a small increase over the number of events offered in 2008. Since the 2011 schedule is two days shorter than the previous year’s, even with the new hard stops, it’s safe to assume that the series is going to cut or change a couple events this year. Check back in January for complete details on the 2011 WSOP agenda.

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