The World Series of Poker is the most prestigious poker tournament in the world and the 2015 WSOP is all set to begin this May at the Rio in Las Vegas. The WSOP recently announced that it had joined forced with the Global Poker Index (GPI) in order to tabulate the Player of the Year race. The two companies have signed a multi-year proposal that will run from 2015 to 2018.
The Global Poker Index under the guidance of their CEO Alexandre Dreyfus has turned itself into one of the leading authorities on all things poker related within a span of three short years.
The GPI has invested heavily into promoting poker globally as a sport and has teamed up with some of the leading global poker brands to further establish its reputation as an authority on poker rankings.
In a statement, GPI CEO Alex Dreyfus said
The World Series of Poker is the most prestigious poker competition in the world and is also the most “sportified” series on the live tournament circuit. We are very honoured to have entered into this agreement with the WSOP and I am truly excited to develop several initiatives that will support the growth of the sport of poker. This partnership also allows the Global Poker Index to expand its reach in North America and all over the world.
This new partnership will result in the WSOP player of the year award being renamed to the GPI WSOP Player of the Year. The GPI will keep track of a total of 74 WSOP events that take place in Las Vegas and Berlin during 2015 to decide the eventual player of the year. The player will be honoured with the prestigious title of being the first GPI WSOP Player of the Year and receive a custom designed trophy for their success.
The GPI will not only handle player rankings for the WSOP but will also be responsible for providing the WSOP.com website with special content during the WSOP event. The GPI will also host a GPI WSOP Player Party in July 2015 and will also play an active role in other special deals which the GPI and WSOP will reveal at a later date. Dreyfus has been determined to promote poker as a sport and has promised to launch a number of exciting and new initiatives during the new few months.