The 2012 WSOP Main Event gets underway today.
It’s been an interesting year for the World Series of Poker. Attendance and general mood was down at first. Then starting with the Players’ Championship, shit picked up. The $1M buy-in ProjectOne Drop finally “felt” like the WSOP. Crowds and tourneys were packed.
The downside to that is many feel like One Drop was the Main Event. It’s hard to top a compelling final table where one of poker’s biggest stars wins $18M. Can the Main Event still capture the imagination of people like an $18M first place prize did?
Regardless, or as stupid people would say, irregardless, all eyes are now on the Main Event. Some key things we’re following:
- What’s the +/- on entrants? We’re setting the line at 5,500. Why? First, the general economy hasn’t really recovered. Second, the poker economy is still in the tank. And third, PokerStars is only sending 8 (yes 8) online qualifiers this year. Full Tilt is sending zero. So yeah, that’s gonna leave a mark.
- Will we see a few name pros make the final table? Feels like this is the year. Pros have filled final tables in most all events so far.
- Will the PokerStars-Full Tilt deal get officially announced? We don’t think so. But if it does, expect that to completely overshadow anything going on in the Rio. Actually, given PokerStars’ general contempt of Caesars, maybe they do announce the deal. As Cee-Lo would say, eff you.
- Can Dennis Phillips win his third main event title? Really, it’s at the top of EVERYONE’s mind.
- Will we start taking some Girl on the Rail pictures? The answer to that: yes.