WSOP 2012 Schedule: Date, Time, Live Stream and TV Info for Main Event
The winner will also take home more than $8 million in prize money from the $62 million pot that the tournament started out at. Looking to break history, the 10th and 11th finishers were both women in the men-heavy poker event.
Keep reading for a complete primer of the schedule of events of this year's World Series of Poker final table, including the competitors, where you can watch and some key storylines to look out for.
When: Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29-30
Where: Penn & Teller Theatre, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: ESPN family of networks
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Monday, Oct. 29
8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN 2
The field will play until three players remain on Monday, and then pick the action back up on Tuesday until a winner has been determined.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
The final table will proceed until there is a winner, and will be almost a live feed of the action. Working on a 15-minute delay, Lon McEachern and Norman Chad are the main event announcers, with reporter Kara Scott working the crowd and in close to the table.
Players; Table Seating
Seat 1: Russell Thomas – Hartford, CT (24,800,000 in chips)
Seat 2: Jacob Balsiger – Tempe, AZ (13,115,000 in chips)
Seat 3: Jeremy Ausmus – Las Vegas, NV (9,805,000 in chips)
Seat 4: Steven Gee – Sacramento, CA (16,860,000 in chips)
Seat 5: Greg Merson – Laurel, MD (28,725,000 in chips)
Seat 6: Jesse Sylvia – West Tisbury, MA (43,875,000 in chips)
Seat 7: Robert Salaburu – San Antonio, TX (15,155,000 in chips)
Seat 8: Andras Koroknai – Debrecen, Hungary (29,375,000 in chips)
Seat 9: Michael Esposito – Seaford, NY (16,260,000 in chips)
With different backgrounds and jobs that set them apart from the designation of "career poker players," there are plenty of reasons to find intrigue in this year's final table. From college students, to insurance actuaries to the actual professional, this final table has it all.
Jacob Balsiger has a chance to become the youngest winner in WSOP history, as the 21-year-old has to get back to Arizona State for tests after the event is over.
Steven Gee, the elder statesmen of the table at 57, is looking to become the oldest winner in the last 15 years and prove that wisdom outlasts flash in a table that includes a slew of 20-somethings.
With eight Americans and only one European, this top-heavy United States final looks to be crashed by Andras Koroknai, the Hungarian player who has admittedly been studying the language as he prepares for the event in Las Vegas.
Plenty of reasons to tune in to this year's final table. Make sure to check with Bleacher Report for all the latest information as the tournament concludes on Monday and Tuesday, including analysis and the winner of the elusive gold bracelet.
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