GPI Announces Details Of New WSOP Player of the Year Award

Dustin Gouker : May 14th, 2015


The Global Poker Index revealed the specifics behind its sponsorship of the World Series of Poker Player of the Year Award, starting with this summer’s WSOP in Las Vegas.

The Global Poker Index, which collects and tabulates the results of live tournaments from around the world, will now be the standard used to determine who wins the PoY award. In recent years, a formula devised by BLUFF Magazine was used in determining the top player of the WSOP.

The player of the year will be determined based on the results of 74 WSOP bracelet events held in Las Vegas this summer (May 27-July 14) and at the WSOP Europe (Oct. 8-24 in Berlin, Germany). The standings will be tracked at the GPI website here.

The past two PoY winners — George Danzer (2014) and Daniel Negreanu (2013) — would have won even if the GPI system had been used in each of the past two years. However, some of the standings would have changed. Here is a breakdown of what the player of the year race would have looked like last year, according to data from the GPI:

GPI Top 15
1 2504.10 George Danzer
2 2114.83 Brandon Shack-Harris
3 2032.69 Daniel Negreanu
4 1971.38 Ismael Bojang
5 1773.90 Nick Schulman
6 1641.38 Phil Hellmuth
7 1629.68 Scott Davies
8 1545.34 Thomas Koral
9 1509.54 Dylan Linde
10 1497.69 Todd Brunson
11 1493.28 J.C. Tran
12 1487.09 Richard Ashby
13 1481.98 Roland Israelashivili
14 1428.72 Manig Loeser
15 1426.98 Kory Kilpatrick

BLUFF Top 15
1 923.50 George Danzer
2 829.20 Brandon Shack-Harris
3 587.10 Martin Jacobson
4 557.88 John Hennigan
5 519.08 Daniel Negreanu
6 469.40 Scott Davies
7 467.91 Ismael Bojang
8 452.40 Daniel Colman
9 449.63 Justin Bonomo
10 413.55 Richard Ashby
11 406.25 Brock Parker
12 398.20 Calvin Anderson
13 393.00 Kory Kilpatrick
14 391.70 Phil Hellmuth
15 374.10 J.C. Tran

The BLUFF system weighs the player of the year race heavily toward the main event winner and other event winners. In both years, the ME winner (Martin Jacobson, 2014; Ryan Riess, 2013) finished third in the official standings. Neither player would have finished in the top 15 of the GPI-powered PoY standings. The GPI system emphasizes cashing more frequently, with less of an emphasis on victories than the BLUFF formula.

The move to the GPI brings poker closer to recognizing a universal ranking system. Seeing as how a site weights performances in live poker is a bit of a subjective exercise anyway, moving toward one standard appears to be a step forward for poker. PTP’s Alex Weldon broke down the debate over rankings earlier this year here.

The deal was announced as a “multi-year agreement” and will include promotion of the GPI on and during the live stream of final tables. There will also be a GPI WSOP Player Party during this year’s series.

On Twitter: @Dustin Gouker

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