4 Things to Expect at the 2012 WSOP Main Event
The 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event kicks off on Saturday and excitement is high after a very successful series thus far.
Here are some things you can expect to see this weekend at the Main Event:
1) Focus on Ladies Will Be Huge
One of the big stories of the 2012 WSOP has been the performance of women in the events. With multiple final tables and two bracelet wins outside of the Ladies Event, the ladies are looking to make this the year that they dominate in the Main Event.
Vanessa Selbst will be one of the ladies that the poker world will watch the closest after her two final table performances. She became not only the first lady to win an open event since 2008, when she won the $1,500 PL Omaha Event, but she is also the first lady to ever win a mixed-event bracelet.
2) Will the Phils Go Deep?
Every time we turn around this summer either Phil Hellmuth or Phil Ivey -- or both at the same time -- are making a final table.
With both players making recent deep runs in No-Limit Hold'em events, this could be the time they put it all together for a deep Main Event run.
Hellmuth finally got bracelet #12 this year and finished 4th in the Big One for One Drop, and as such he should be relaxed and playing his best game.
Ivey will continue to be Ivey and when he is both playing good and running good, he is nearly unstoppable.
3) Full Tilt Board Members Will NOT Show Up
After Ray Bitar's surrender to federal authorities earlier this week, rumors have circled suggesting that Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson will play the Main Event.
Why people like to start these rumors is baffling, but the odds of any member of the Full Tilt board showing up are worse than winning the lottery -- and by lottery we don't mean the Main Event.
4) Numbers Will Shrink Year Over Year
Look for numbers to be down in the Main Event like many of the preliminary events.
Black Friday coupled with the current poker economy has finally reared its ugly head and the Main Event will see shrinkage.
Expect the overall numbers for the Main Event to be right around the 6,000 mark if not a bit under.
The preliminary events and the WSOP National Championship all wrap up this weekend and from this point through the next couple of weeks, the poker world will focus on the Main Event.
The race to the 2012 WSOP Main Event title is finally here and it should be an exciting two weeks of poker!