Countdown to the 2012 WSOP: New Events

Posted by Steve Ruddock on May 17, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

There are plenty of new tournaments amongst the 61 bracelet events at the 2012 World Series of Poker, and in addition to the well-known new entries on the WSOP schedule like the $1 million Big One for One Drop tournament, there are quite a few other interesting formats at the 2012 WSOP.

Here is a look at the new events for the 2012 WSOP:

$1,500 buy-in Ante-Only tournament

This is a fairly new poker invention when it comes to tournaments, but the WSOP has run some warm-up events during recent Circuit Series stops, and received a lot of positive feedback. The structure will see every player ante at the beginning of the hand (with a moving button). Players will have to make a minimum opening bet equal to or greater than the smallest denomination chip in play.

$2,500 buy-in 4-Handed No Limit Holdem

Short-handed tournaments are the current flavor of the month, and even though they require more room and take up more tables, the WSOP has been very accommodating in recent years. That said, this will be the first 4-handed tournament the WSOP has spread.

$3,000 buy-in NLHE/PLO

Another popular tournament format has been mixed-games, and for the 2012 WSOP they have added an interesting mixture featuring the two most popular tournaments: No Limit Holdem and PLO.

$5,000 Mix-Max No Limit Holdem

Mix-Max tournaments basically use a different structure on each day of the event. In this $5k buy-in the WSOP will use a 9-handed format on Day 1, a 6-handed format on Day 2, and when the tournament is down to 32 players the field will be seeded and play a heads-up tournament –players will be seeded by chip-counts, so the largest chip-stack will play the smallest and so on.

$1,000,000 buy-in Big One for OneDrop NLHE tournament

Not much can be said about this event that hasn’t been said already, other than be prepared for a small field of top players (and a few wild-cards mixed in) who have really deep-stacks and a lot of money on the line.

Doubles Event

This will be a non-bracelet event where two players (partners) enter the event and switch places during each level of the tournament. The event is being used like and Olympic Exhibition, to see what the feedback is, and whether it may find a permanent home on the WSOP schedule, potentially as a bracelet tournament.

Bracelet Bounty Tournament

This is a $500 tournament that will feature a $500 bounty on every WSOP bracelet holder who enters the tournament. The WSOP is hoping the added bounty money will attract a huge field of bracelet winners and casual players who may want to play in a WSOP event but don’t have the bankroll to do so.

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