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2012 WSOP: What You've Missed So Far

30 May 2012, By:
The 2012 World Series of Poker is finally here!
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The 2012 World Series of Poker is finally here!

On Sunday, the Casino Employees Event kicked off the six-weeks of insanity and on Monday the first open event of the 2012 WSOP, a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event, got underway.

Some of you already know who finished where in Event #1 and who made Day 2 of Event #2. Briefly, we're going to share some of the things you may have missed so far during the first two days of the 2012 WSOP.

Numbers Already Down

Poker Junkie blogger Compncards predicted that numbers for individual events would be down this year and if the trend of the first two days continues, we may see an overall decrease in player numbers.

Event #1 drew just 732 players this year compared to 850 last year. That's a drop of 118 players.

While the drop for Event #1 was close to 14% year over year, it was the Employees event and many had been hyping that Event #2 might sell out.

Boy were they wrong.

Event #2 drew just 2,101 players. The reason we say "just" is because the first regular $1,500 NL Event of 2011 drew 3,157.

That is an astounding 1,056 players or about a 33% drop. Ouch.

Hopefully the numbers will rebound some or we will see an overall drop in players for the first time in years.

Doyle Brunson Nearly Done

Doyle Brunson made the following tweet on Monday:

After looking at the WSOP schedule, it looks like I'm only gonna play in 4 maybe 5 events.#cashgamesmuchbetter

- Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) May 25, 2012

He went on to state that the he couldn't see knocking himself out with long hours and then apologized for not playing.

The fact that Doyle is only playing a handful of events is not shocking. He has been winding down his playing time in tournaments for a while now and really has lost the fire to put in the long hours at the tournament tables.

On the bright side, he did say that he would play the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. One has to wonder if this year will be the last time we see Doyle at the WSOP.

Bathroom Availability Based on Field Size?

On Sunday, Addy Liffin mentioned a strange bathroom situation at the Rio:

@killahmcgillah what the fucking FUCK rio went & made both restrooms in WSOP hallway men's rooms. now ladies need to hoof down to employee exit? LAME. @wsop

While this sounds strange and inconvenient for women, at last facilities were being provided.

That seemed to change a bit on Monday as Liffin followed up with another tweet:

‏@killahmcgillah wtf now they've converted relocated ladies rooms to 1 men's & 1 women's. ladies officially have 8 stalls in tourney area. shame on you @wsop

A further tweet revealed that men had 4 bathrooms on Monday and the women only 2.

So much for women being treated the same as everyone else in poker.

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