Say what you want about the % of juice in the WSOP MTTs, you have to give them credit for evolution. Not just the demise of the November 9, but adding additional events (including a HO), and twice daily Deep-stack cash MTTs to compete with Venetian. It's a cornucopia of poker regardless of the days you are there.
May 27 through July 16, 2012 at the Rio, so rumors about Caesars will have to wait another year.
I'll admit though, I wanted to see MORE shootout events. This year, there is just event 14 (@ $1500).