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New Nickname Needed For Nine WSOP Final Table Participants

Over the past couple of years, November Nine has been the catchy term associated with the nine players that work their way through the World Series of Poker main event all the way to the final table. In 2012, poker enthusiasts will have to come up with a new name for these players.

The WSOP revealed their schedule for the 2012 WSOP, and for the first time in several years, the main event will end before November. Due to the upcoming presidential election, WSOP officials have backed the final table of the main event up until the last week of October.

The presents a problem only in the sense that fans will have to become creative when referring to the final table players. Other changes have been made to the tournament schedule, and new tourney's have been added to make 2012 the largest WSOP to date.

Last year, just over 370 tables were used for the WSOP. This year, with officials expecting bigger player pools for the WSOP events, they have upped their tables to 470. The change shows that poker is again becoming as popular as it was back before the economic recession of 2008.

While there was some speculation that the WSOP would do away with the November Nine concept completely, tournament organizers decided to give the idea one last chance to succeed. In recent years, the format has been criticized by players and fans. Players who reach the final table have cited their zone during the early stages of the tournament, and believe that the four month layoff breaks any momentum they may have accrued during the main event.

For fans, the anticipation builds throughout the early stages of the main event, only to have a letdown when the final table is reached. The fans have received some concessions from the WSOP with the final table going live on a tape delay, instead of airing the final table several days after the event occurs.

Overall, the 2012 WSOP will have 61 events. With several new tournaments, players will be invigorated, but the most changes were made to the main event. The largest poker tournament in the world will have only three starting days, down from the customary four. The off-day that has been in place recently has also been eliminated, meaning players will go straight through once day one and two are complete.

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