02/02/2012 : WRONG INTERPRETATION OF TWEET ON WSOP FINAL TABLE
Teaser tweets can cause mass confusion
We were one of many online gambling media channels that yesterday misinterpreted a teaser tweet on the format of this year's World Series of Poker final table; a lesson in how a marketing teaser can lead to confusion.
Twitter posts, read together with previous comments by WSOP officials appeared to hint that the delayed final table action format would be abandoned, but the subsequent release of the 2012 WSOP schedule of events shows that this is not the case.
In fact, there will still be the unpopular hiatus between the formation of the main event final table and the action the nine finalists generate…the only change is that the gap will be slightly shorter in order not to clash with the US presidential elections in November this year.
In 2012, the final table action will not start until October 28 – some months after the make-up of the table has been decided at the conclusion of the rest of the WSOP events.
The full schedule can be accessed here: http://www.wsop.com/tourney/tourneydetails.asp?groupID=887 but here are a few highlights:
The 43rd edition of this prestigious championship kicks off on May 28 this year, and will include a new major event, the $1 million Big One on July 1.
That means here will be 61 bracelet events, with the additions listed as the $1 million Big One; a $3,000 Mixed NLHE/PLO Heads-Up contest; a $5,000 “Mix-Max” competition; a $2,500 four-handed No-Limit Hold’em event; and a $1,500 Ante Only tournament.
The popularity of the $50,000 Players Championship is recognised by its unchanged 8-game mix this year, and this will take place over five days from June 24th. There will be seven $10,000 buy-in competitions, including the main event.
At the other end of the scale, provision has been made for five $1,000 buy-in events, augmented by seniors' and ladies' tournaments with similar buy-ins.
As reported earlier, the number of tables at the Rio will be increased to 470, a 25 percent boost to last year's availability, and perhaps an indication of the optimism with which the organisers are viewing this year's championship.
The big numbers that traditionally come out for the main event will see some changes, too: the first day heats have been reduced to three, with an additional day added to the Day 2 flights…and the traditional day off between Day 1 heats and those of Day 2 has been dropped.