02/01/2012 : WORLD SERIES OF POKER FINAL TABLE WILL NO LONGER BE DELAYED
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Surprise change of format for 2012's epic poker championship
Since its introduction several years ago, the decision by the World Series of Poker to delay the main event final table action with a break of four months, only staging it in November, has been roundly critised by both players and railbirds anxious to see the main event concluded within the timelines of the actual competition.
The latest announcement from organisers Caesars Entertainment appears to indicate that the company has taken note of the unpopularity of the ‘delayed action' format, which was ostensibly introduced to improve television viewership of the big event.
In a Twitter announcement Tuesday, the Las Vegas giant indicated that the full schedule will be released Wednesday…but gave tantalising hints as to what it will include.
Apparently the 2012 43rd WSOP dates are going to be May 27 to July 16, 2012, and the prestigious tournament will once again take place at the Rio in Las Vegas. It is expected that 470 poker tables will be pressed into use…over a hundred more than in 2011… to accommodate the anticipated record number of entrants.
There will be no day off during the 2012 Main Event, and importantly (not to mention intriguingly) there's an enigmatic comment that the November Nine (the main event final table contestants) format will not be returning. Observers have seized upon this, linking it to a comment made in a Poker Listings interview last year by WSOP official Seth Palansky, who said back then:
“If you’re doing something live do you really need to delay it four months and try to build this anticipation to get people to watch? It doesn’t quite work.”