WSOP 2012 Kicks Off with Low Buy-ins, Big Fields

Hundreds of tables sit empty at the Rio in anticipation of the first WSOP bracelet event.

The cards hit the felt today for the first bracelet event of the 2012 World Series of Poker, opening the flood gates to another summer of WSOP action in Las Vegas.

Having begun quietly yesterday with the $500 Casino Employees event, today’s $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event is expected to draw a crowd but it stands in stark contrast to the high-stakes action of last year’s kick-off event, the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship.

In fact, the 2012 WSOP will run for more than a week before the first $10,000 buy-in event begins.

In 2011 the first $1,500 Hold’em event drew 865 players and boasted a star-studded final table with pro Allen Bari winning his first bracelet. Maria Ho came in second to secure the biggest WSOP prize ever won by a female.

Poker players and industry experts are split on their predictions for this year’s attendance, but when registration closes in the first bracelet event this afternoon we’ll have at least a preliminary indication. Live Updates Start Monday

Hot on the heels of the first $1,500 event is the $3,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha, and it’s the first tournament for which will be providing full live coverage.

For 2012, is teaming up with to bring you everything you need to know about the World Series of Poker.

The feature final table awaits its first champion.

By handpicking the 14 most interesting events of the WSOP, will give you a front-row seat to the summer’s best action and we’ll be doing it in a way never seen before.

Every tournament, with the exception of the Main Event, the Big One and the $50K Players Championship, will feature a unique coverage format.

Expanding on the success of our “All Ivey All the Time” coverage, will adopt a different format for each Day 1.

One event will feature coverage of all the women in the field while another will focus in on just the players from the United Kingdom, for example.

On top of live updates, will also provide daily news, interviews and blog posts from the tournament floor at the Rio.

For the Main Event, will produce a daily video show and a slew of sit-down interviews with the biggest poker players, celebrities and sports stars playing at the WSOP.

For all the action from Las Vegas, click through to our 2012 World Series of Poker section, sponsored by 888poker.

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