World Series of Poker 2012 Schedule Released
To the delight of poker enthusiasts around the world, the World Series of Poker has released their 2012 schedule. Every year has featured a wide variety of options for every poker player’s tastes, and this year is no exception. In fact, there are three new events that have never been seen in the series before.
The series gets started on May 27th and runs until July 26th. In total there will be 61 events during that time period.
You might have heard that the November Nine has been vanquished, but don’t get excited yet. The delay of the final table has merely been changed due to the elections taking place in the United States this year. As such, the November Nine has been moved to October 28th.
The new events taking place in this year’s series are very interesting indeed. Event 3 features a $3k heads-up tournament. Both No Limit Holdem and Pot Limit Omaha will be played! Then there is Event 6, which features just No Limit Holdem. It is a $5k Mixed Max, tournament, however. This means that the maximum number of players per table changes almost every day. Day 1 features 9-max, Day 2 is for 6-max, and Day 3 and Day 4 are heads-up.
The final new event of the series features the tournament brewed up by Guy Laliberte. Dubbed “The Big One For One Drop”, it is a charity event with an incredible $1 million buy-in. 11% of the prize pool will go to charity, and then the rest will be used to create some of the biggest poker payouts in history.
Many players travel to the WSOP just for the Main Event. This year there are a few changes aside from the already mentioned November Nine date. This year there will be just three Day 1s, which was made possible by increasing the tables available from last year’s 378 to this year’s 470. This should help make things much better for everyone. The Main Event gets started on July 7th and runs until July 16th.
You’ll have to wait a few months to play in the series, but consider the downtime a chance to practice!
Joe Hachem Represents Asian Poker Tour
Joe Hachem, one of the most recognizable faces in the poker industry, has become an ambassador for the Asian Poker Tour. Hachem recently finished up six years with PokerStars as one of their Team Pros. He joined Team PokerStars in 2005 after his $7.5 million victory in the World Series of Poker Main Event. He went on to become one of the most famous players in Australian history.
Hachem did not re-sign as a PokerStars pro, conveying the fact that he was looking to spend more time with his family rather than spend his days travelling across the world to play big buy-in tournaments. Thanks to this most recent deal, however, he will be able to stay in the industry and also maintain the family time that motivated him to leave PokerStars.
Officially, Joe Hachem has entered into a partnership with AsianLogic. AsianLogic runs online casinos and poker rooms in the Asian market. Many in the industry think that Asia is an emerging market that has a bright future ahead of it. While signing with AsianLogic, Hachem stated that be believes that Australia, Asia and Australasia are still untapped. Through AsianLogic, Hachem will be representing the Asian Poker Tour through which he will be seeking to help the growth of poker in the Asia Pacific area as well as back home in Australia.
The Asian Poker Tour began in 2008 and is an independent tournament series. In 2012 they’ll be holding events in the Philippines, Macau and India. It’s unknown as of now whether Hachem will be playing in some or all of these events or will be purely involved in the promotional side of things. Hachem joins fellow poker pros Nam Le and J.C. Tran as ambassadors for the Asian Poker Tour.