WSOP November Nine Format ScrappedFebruary 1, 2012 3:04 pm
UPDATE: It would appear that the WSOP hint that the November Nine would not be returning was, in fact, ambiguous.
The WSOP have now confirmed that the 2012 Main Event will be held one week earlier on Sunday, October 28th, probably in order to accomodate for the U.S. Presidential Elections.
On Tuesday, the World Series of Poker announced a number of changes to their 2012 schedule, with the biggest surprise involving scrapping the November Nine format. As the WSOP Twitter account read:
“A few hints on WSOP schedule coming tomorrow…you won’t find the November Nine returning.”
The four month Main Event final table delay was originally introduced in 2008 as a means to build excitement ahead of the tournament’s recorded televised show, while also ensuring the viewers’ enjoyment wasn’t spoilt by knowing the result before the programme aired.
Another spin-off from the November Nine delay included enabling the finalists to play their best game by providing them with recovery time from the punishing Main Event schedule. Additionally, finalists could use the time to study their opponents, while also securing lucrative sponsorship deals.
Nevertheless, despite being theoretically sound, the November Nine concept ran into a great deal of criticism as it was seen as changing the overall dynamics of the tournament.
One of its most outspoken critics was none other than the WSOP Communications Director Seth Palansky, while 2008 November Niner Ylon Schwartz also launched an attack on the format, when he stated:
“It ruins the integrity of the tournament. The purity of old-time Las Vegas is gone. The antiquity and purity of the tournament have been liquidated into pure greed and capitalism.”
However, since 2011 when the WSOP and ESPN introduced full final table coverage with just a fifteen minute delay, the November Nine concept was subsequently rendered obsolete.
Full details of the 2012 WSOP schedule is expected to be released soon, but other details hinted at by the organization via their twitter account include the following:
“The 43rd Annual WSOP will take place from May 27 to July 16, 2012 at @RioVegas. Full schedule comes at 1 PM ET Wednesday.”
“For the 2012 WSOP, an expected 470 poker tables will be utilized…nearly 100 more than last year!”
“Another good change coming to WSOP in 2012…no off day during Main Event.”