2012 WSOP: Phils Rise as Attendance Falls
The second week of the 2012 World Series of Poker produced a lot of newsworthy events and thankfully much less controversy than the week before.
The two Phils were in contention to add to their bracelet totals and Hellmuth finally broke through with his 12th.
Also, no matter how you spin it, the 2012 WSOP is having a slower year on the felt.
Phil Hellmuth Stops Razzing by Winning Bracelet #12
It's been five years since Phil Hellmuth won a bracelet at the World Series of Poker and, after last year, most figured he wouldn't have the drive or the "run good" to make a serious run this year.
Everyone except PokerJunkie blogger Compncards, who predicted bracelet #12 prior to the series.
Hellmuth went on a heater early at the final table and never got into any serious confrontations as the field thinned.
Then, he wound up playing heads-up with the one player that would be too tight to pose any serious threat.
The cards, and seemingly the stars, lined up for Hellmuth on this one. The question now is how long he will have to wait for bracelet #13.
Ivey Comes Close But Still Misses #9
Phil Ivey made two final tables this week but walked away without bracelet #9.
His first final table was in the $5,000 Stud 8 or Better on Wednesday, but he fell in 6th place.
Last night, Ivey made it to heads-up in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em event against Andy Frankenberger. Frankenberger apparently never got the memo that he was supposed to fear Ivey and let himself be rolled over as he put on a strong performance to win the bracelet.
While Ivey didn't win his 9th bracelet, he did prove that he is focused and at the WSOP to play this year.
What does he care about Full Tilt? He's Phil Ivey.
It's Official - Numbers are Down at the 2012 WSOP
When the first couple of events were down this year at the 2012 World Series of Poker, many tried to blame Memorial Day.
When numbers were down through the end of week 1, officials spun the record numbers in the $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better and the $1,500 NL Re-Entry Event.
After this week, there can't be any doubt that this is a down year, and more so than even Compncards predicted.
The only event this past week to see real growth was the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Event. Everything else either saw shrinking numbers or reduced prize pools.
The $5,000 Stud, the $5,000 Stud 8, the $10k NL Heads-Up, and the $5,000 Limit Hold'em Events all saw "larger fields," but each $5k was a $10k Event last year. The $10K Heads-Up was a $25,000 Event last year.
Do the math and you see an average drop of 40% in prize pools in those events.
The WSOP is down this year. Whether you want to blame it on the economy, Black Friday, or just chalk it up to the WSOP being due for an off year, there is no more room left for spin after two straight weeks of consistently lower turnouts.