Shuffle Up and Deal for the 2012 WSOP Main Event
Poker’s biggest and richest tournament is underway again as the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event kicked off on July 7 at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Fears that struggling economies around the world would impact the turnout for the 2012 Main Event were all for naught, as 6,598 players plunked down $10,000 each to take their shot at poker immortality and a first-place prize of over $8.5 million.
Attendance was down for some early preliminary events at the 2012 WSOP -- with a total of 61 events on the schedule that began all the way back on May 27 -- but things picked up steam as the series progressed, with the new $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop generating plenty of excitement.
The 2012 Main Event features three starting days, with nearly 400 tables at the Rio in use for the flood of players that turned out to try and add their name to the list of Main Event champions, which serves as the poker world’s unofficial world championship each year.
Defending champ Pius Heinz of Germany is still in the hunt as action moves on to Day 3, which is the first day that all remaining players will be seated and playing at the same time. Several other Main Event champs are also still alive, including Dan Harrington, Jerry Yang and Robert Varkonyi.
A total of 1,698 players made it through their respective starting days to return for Day 3, with the action continuing non-stop through July 16, when the final nine players will be determined.
The action will then pause until late October, when those final nine will return to Las Vegas to decide who will be the next Main Event champion. Each final table member is guaranteed at least $754,798, with the winner collecting a massive $8,527,982.