Last week, PokerNews and Federated Sports + Gaming (FS+G) announced the launch of the Global Poker Index Player of the Year Award.
A player's score will be comprised of up to 11 tournament results that begin during the calender year. Of those 11 results, up to six will come from events starting Jan. 1 through June 30, while up to five will be from tournaments starting between July 1 and Dec. 31.
Like the Global Poker Index Rankings, all tournaments must have a buy-in of at least $1,500 and contain at least 21 entrants to be eligible in comprising a player's score. How is a player's score determined? Two of the main GPI ranking factors are crucial.
First is the Finishing Percentage Factor. Taken into account is the field size of a tournament and the percentage of the field that a player defeats. The final two players of a tournament with a large number of entrants defeat just about the same percentage of the field, but that gap widens with fewer tournament entrants. The Finishing Percentage Factor reflects this number to better reward the players who outlasts more of the field.
Next is the Buy-in factor. This accounts for the concept of relative difficulty as the baseline (and minimum) for an event to be counted is $1,500. Bigger buy-ins are assumed to be a more difficult field (all events with a $25,000 buy-in or higher are capped at $25,000, so as not to skew the assumed difficulty too much).
Difficulty is scored by using a sublinear multiplier applied to buy-in, which is a logarithmic function, anchored at the $1,500 buy-in events. The bigger the buy-in, the more points a player will earn for a better finish, but diminishing returns are included as to not have the same exact difference between buy-ins (for example, the difference between a $1,500 and $2,000 buy-in is different than $20,000 and $20,500).
From this point, the GPI Player of the Year program multiplies the Finishing Percentage Factor and the Buy-in factor to determine the score for a player in a given event.
For a more in-depth look at how the GPI PoY is calculated, check out the official page here.
Current GPI Player of the Year Top 10
Here is the breakdown for each player in the top 10:
1. Jonathan Duhamel
|PCA||$100,000 No-Limit Holdem Super High Roller||4 of 30||$313,600|
|PCA||$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo 8-Max||5 of 53||$17,990|
|PCA||$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max||1 of 158||$239,830|
|PCA||$25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max High Roller||2 of 141||$634,550|
|EPT Deauville||€2,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max||8 of 289||€13,900|
2. Jason Koon
|PCA||$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max||15 of 158||$12,260|
|PCA||$25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max High Roller||4 of 141||$271,950|
|Aussie Millions||AUD$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event||27 of 659||AUD$35,000|
3. Ruben Visser
|PCA||$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 8-Max||8 of 1,072||$156,400|
|EPT Deauville||€10,000 No-Limit Hold'em||2 of 72||€152,000|
4. Sam Chartier
|PCA||$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 8-Max||42 of 1,072||$37,500|
|EPT Deauville||€1,500 No-Limit Hold'em||6 of 378||€23,400|
|EPT Deauville||€10,000 No-Limit Hold'em||4 of 72||€65,600|
5. Faraz Jaka
|PCA||$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 8-Max||3 of 1,072||$755,000|
|Aussie Millions||AUD$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em||2 of 190||AUD$77,000|
6. Oliver Speidel
|Aussie Millions||AUD$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty||6 of 315||AUD$16,000|
|Aussie Millions||AUD$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event||1 of 659||AUD$1,600,000|
7. Daniel Chevalier
|PCA||$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 8-Max||24 of 1,072||$52,000|
|Aussie Millions||AUD$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event||13 of 659||AUD$75,000|
8. Corey Burbick
|PCA||$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 8-Max||21 of 1,072||$52,000|
|PCA||$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo 8-Max||6 of 53||$14,140|
|Southern Poker Million Dollar Heater||$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event||12 of 210||$14,259|
9. Luca Pagano
|PCA||$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 8-Max||30 of 1,072||$46,000|
|EPT Deauville||€5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event||7 of 889||€110,000|
10. Erik Cajelais
|PCA||$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Turbo 8-Max||3 of 56||$38,020|
|PCA||$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 8-Max||43 of 1,072||$37,500|
|Borgata Winter Open||$3,300 No-Limit Hold'em Championship Event||43 of 734||$9,826|
For the full GPI Player of the Year standings, head on over to EpicPoker.com.
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