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The schedule for the 2012 World Series of Poker has been officially announced.  This year's WSOP will be held from May 27 through July 16 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  This year, there are a total of 61 bracelets at stake, making this the largest number of WSOP bracelets to be awarded in history. 


In anticipation of record turnouts for this year's event from both live and online casino qualifiers, the event has added 92 poker tables and will use the Brasilia Room to house those tables.  Overall, there will be 470 poker tables in action at the event.  This is up from the 378 tables used in last year's event.


July 1st will see the richest poker tournament in the history of the game kick off.  The $1 Million buy-in "Big One for One Drop" mega high stakes event will kick off and 11.11% of the total prize pool will be donated to One Drop, an organization that works to give clean water to developing countries.  The winner of the event will receive the first ever Platinum WSOP bracelet as well as a prize that should eclipse $10 Million.


Among the new events at this year's WSOP is a $1,500 Ante Only NL Hold'em Event.  This event will be played with Stud style betting without blinds and players being forced to ante before each hand.  Also, a $2,500 Four-Handed NL Hold'em Event will be added to the schedule, giving players yet another variant of poker to win a bracelet in.


The schedule culminates in the $10,000 NL Hold'em Championship on July 7th.  This year, there will only be three starting days for the event as opposed to four.  In addition, once play reaches the final nine, play will cease and players will return to finish out the event on October 28th.  This change was made due to the upcoming Presidential elections in the United States.


In addition to the 61 bracelet events, the WSOP will hold regular satellite events into the  bracelet events as well as non-bracelet deep-stack tournaments.  The deep stack events run three times a day and have been highly popular over the last couple of years.  If you bust out of a bracelet event, you can play in these smaller events to boost your bankroll rather than play video poker.

 
Last year's WSOP drew the largest crowd for a poker series in poker history.  With 61 events as well as numerous new events, this year's WSOP looks to break that record.  To find out more about the 2012 WSOP, head over to wsop.com.

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