The European Poker Tour (EPT) keeps track of player performance and has a sophisticated rating system that allows them to determine the top players and eventually decide on the player of the year race.
During Season 10 of the EPT, there was stiff competition between the likes of Alex Bilokur, Thomas Muhlocker, Stephen Chidwick and Vanessa Selbst. However, Ole Schemion from Germany eventually raced ahead of the pack to win the player of the year award after finishing with 1,337.74 points.
He received the award along with a €50,000 buy-in that he could use at any Full Tilt Poker or PokerStars event.
This year the race for the EPT player of the year award has already started but there will be a different system in place. The EPT confirmed that they will have 3 leaderboards for the new player of the year system and all three leaderboards will rely on the Global Poker Index (GPI) formula to determine poker rankings.
The EPT’s schedule runs parallel to some of big tours like the Poker Series (FPS), UKIPT, Italian Poker Tour (IPT) and Eureka. The EPT has attractive prizes to ensure that it does get a strong player base and pulls in big names. These events have buy-ins starting from €100 all the way up to €100,000. Since the tournaments are many and the playing field large, the EPT will now use a 3 tier leaderboard.
The first leaderboard will be the EPT11 Player of the Year Gold which will include all open events. As of now the eventual winner will be determined by the best results obtained from the EPT Main Events and High Rollers. The second leaderboard will be the EPT11 Player of the Year Silver which will include all open events that have buy-in’s of US $4,000 and below. The third leaderboard will be the EPT11 Player of the Year Bronze which will include all open events that have buy-in’s of US $600 and lower. All three winners of each leaderboard will receive a trophy in recognition for their achievements.
In a statement, Edgar Stuchly, President of the European Poker Tour said
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. Each stop of the EPT is a huge poker festival and this change allows us to recognize this diversity.