Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Three Things to Look Forward To at 2012 WSOP
Will Hellmuth thrive or implode at 2012 WSOP?
The 2012 World Series of Poker kicks off on Sunday and with 61 events on tap, there's a lot to look forward to.
Here are three things we're excited to see at the 2012 WSOP.
1) Some Live Streamed Final Tables Get an Upgrade
Last year, the WSOP streamed the final table of every WSOP event online. While this sounded great in theory, it did not go nearly as well as planned.
This year, there will be some upgrades. The first being that many events will now feature six different cameras and will be announced by David Tuchman and a rotating group of analysts.
The only downside to this will be on days where there are two final tables. The secondary final table will have only two cameras and no announcer.
As many as 34 events are anticipated over the 45 days of coverage. While many of us would prefer that this was every event, beggars can't be choosers.
2) Will Hellmuth Thrive or Implode?
Phil Hellmuth's overall performance during the 2011 WSOP would be considered a career year by many but for the man that lives for the bracelet it was nothing short of failure.
The question this year will be whether Hellmuth will get the monkey off his back and take down bracelet #12 or will he implode trying too hard to win another bracelet?
Hellmuth has already stated that he is planning on grinding as many events as he can so he will have plenty of chances.
Now we'll see if his prowess shown in mixed games last year was a fluke or if he really has mastered non-Hold'em events.
3) The Return of WSOP Hijinks?
WSOP officials announced a relaxing of the "Hevad Khan" rule aka the "anti-celebration" rule. As such, players will be allowed to celebrate within reason.
Will this mean a much more lighthearted atmosphere at the 2012 WSOP? If so, how far will things go?
Personally, we are looking forward to a new host of colorful players and the return of the Thriller Dance celebration.
Are you listening Bryan Micon?