WSOP 2012 Gets Off To Exciting Start
The number of attendees for this year’s World Series of Poker has been announced and it is set to be a big one. The prize pool is 15.6% bigger than last year at $222 million and the attendance is up to 75,672 from 74,766 last year.
Fears about the size of the event, due to the world’s economic climate, proved to be unfounded. As Ty Stewart, the WSOP Executive Director, said “We’re still in poker’s golden age, at least when WSOP gold bracelets are on the line.”
There are a couple of new events this year including the $1 million “Big One for One Drop” which added a massive $42.6 million towards the prize pool. The Main Event had the fifth-largest starting field in WSOP history with 6,598 players entering and the third and final starting day drew a record 3,418 competitors, more than at any other Main Event.
The usual collection of big names turned up for the Main Event including Daniel Negreanu, Dan Harrington, Vanessa Selbst, Shaun Deeb and Maria Ho who all progressed to the next round with healthy sized chip stacks. As always there were some surprise exits as well, former world champion Georges St. Pierre was knocked out as were Greg Raymer, Carlos Mortensen and Scotty Nguyen. At the end of Day 1 William John was the overall chip leader with a stack of 266,000.
This year’s Main Event prize pool is worth $62 million with a first prize of $8,527,982. The top 666 players will finish in the money receiving a minimum of $19,227 each. This exciting Main Event will continue until July 16th and looks set to be full of action. On July 16th the final nine will be decided, they shall then battle it out at the end of October for the top spot.