The schedule for the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2012 was released with a number of modifications.

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WSOP 2012 will comprise 61 events, commencing on May 27 and closing on July 16, and will be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. But this year, WSOP will have 92 extra poker tables, provided by Brasilia Ballroom. The event will feature a total of 470 poker tables this year as against the 378 tables of last year.

Besides, the final table of the WSOP Main Event will be held earlier because the elections are just round the corner. Since the elections will be held on the first Tuesday of November, the Main Event final of WSOP 2012 will be played in 2 stages, with the first stage on Oct 28 and the second stage on Oct 30.

The WSOP Main Event will also be played from July 7 to July 16, cutting it short by three days. The event will have three starting days—1A, 1B, and 1C. While 1A and 1B players will play their second day on July 10 Tuesday, 1C players will play their second day on July 11 Wednesday, and on July 12, all the fields will come together. The one-day break given after 2A and 2B last year has been eliminated, along with one play day.

The largest buy-in event in the history of poker will be played during WSOP 2012 on July 1. Called the Big One for One Drop, a $1 million buy-in poker tournament, it has been championed by Guy Laliberte, the founder-owner of One Drop, a charity that fights for universal access to water. A huge sum of $111,111 will be raised for this cause. The even has a cap of 48 players, and so far 22 players, including Tom Dwan, Laliberte, Andy Beal, Jonathan Duhamel, and others, have registered for it. The organizers of WSOP say that a gold bracelet will be awarded for this event.

WSOP 2012 also has a number of new bracelet events such as the $3k Heads-up NL Hold’em PL Omaha with a cap of 512 players, a $5k NL Hold’em event, a $2.5k NL Hold’em event, and a $1.5k Ante Only NL Hold’em event.

Besides, WSOP 2012 will feature the $1.5k NL Hold’em, the first ever re-entry tournament of its kind in poker history, allowing players knocked off on Saturday to re-enter the tournament on Sunday.

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