WSOP Pre-registration Up

This past Tuesday, The World Series of Poker held its annual conference call in regards to their 2012 event, which kicks off at the Rio in Las Vegas on May 27th with the Casino Employees NLHE event. Ty Stewart, the WSOP executive director and Jack Effel, the tournament director have revealed that the 2012 event will feature close to 500 tables, including the tables in the Buzios’ room. Pre-registration for 2012 is up from 2011, according to organizers. Last year, the World Series of Poker’s main event attracted 6,865 players.

Interestingly enough, last year the player turnout was expected to be lower, as Black Friday had struck, and many players seem to express disinterest, as well as distaste for poker. Despite these setbacks, last year’s numbers far exceeded what was expected, and it looks like that trend is continuing in 2012.

The Big One For One Drop $1million buy-in event already has 40 players committed, and with only a 48 player maximum, there’s only 8 spots left for 8 deep pocketed players to snatch up. The Big One will lead ESPN’s WSOP coverage, starting on Tuesday, July 3. The National Championship will be on August 7th, and the main event coverage will kick off on August 14th and continue every Tuesday until the final table plays, which should be on October 30th.

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