In Season 10, the European Poker Tour saw a heated Player of the Year race between top players like Vanessa Selbst, Stephen Chidwick, Alex Bilokur, and Thomas Muhlocker. However, in the end, it was German wunderkind Ole Schemion that amassed 1,337.74 points to claim the title and a €50,000 buy-in to either a PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker sponsored event.
For Season 11, which just kicked off in Barcelona with the €50,000 Super High Roller, things are a little different. The EPT has announced that there will now be three new Player of the Year leaderboards, each utilizing a Global Poker Index (GPI) formula for poker rankings.
“We are pleased to continue our relationship with the EPT,” said Alexandre Dreyfus, President of the GPI. “I'm happy that the EPT and Global Poker Index continue to work together to establish industry standards. We share a vision and commitment to promote poker as a global and unified sport to a mainstream audience.”
The EPTs often hold festival events alongside tours such as Estrellas, UKIPT, Eureka, French Poker Series (FPS), and the Italian Poker Tour (IPT), each encompassing events with buy-ins that range from $100 all the way up to €100,000. Given the huge breadth of tournaments that are available to players, there will be three tiers of the Player of the Year contest in Season 11:
- EPT11 Player of the Year Gold — Includes all open events. It is expected the winner of this award will be the player with the best results in EPT Main Events and High Rollers.
- EPT11 Player of the Year Silver — Includes all open events with buy-in of US $4,000 and below. It is expected the winner of this award will be the player most successful at large side events.
- EPT11 Player of the Year Bronze — Includes all open events with buy-in of US $600 and lower. It is expected the winner of this award will be the player most successful at smaller side events.
Each winner will receive a customized trophy in recognition of their achievement.
"The European Poker Tour caters to an incredible spectrum of players of all skill levels and bankrolls, and we believe the Player of the Year should reflect that," said Edgar Stuchly, President of the European Poker Tour. "Each stop of the EPT is a huge poker festival and this change allows us to recognize this diversity."
Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews all season long for updates on the EPT11 Player of the Year race.