The European Poker Tour (EPT) has announced that its Player of the Year award will be determined by the number of points accumulated under the Global Poker Index (GPI) rating system, beginning with the kickoff of Season 10 in Barcelona.
The player that wins POY will receive €50,000 to enter the main event of any poker tour held around the world that is operated by Rational Group, parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. The winner will have plenty of main events to choose from, with Rational operating tours across Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and the popular PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
The GPI scoring formula awards points in EPT tournaments with at least 24 entrants that are open to all players. This includes the local poker festivals that are held in conjunction with EPT events, such as the Estrellas Poker Tour, which provided preliminary action prior to the EPT Main Event in Barcelona.
“The European Poker Tour features some of the biggest poker tournaments in the world, with the best players in the world, and this prestigious award is matched by a valuable prize,” commented Edgar Stuchly, President of the European Poker Tour. “It is only fitting that the world’s biggest and richest poker tour … hosts the world’s most prestigious player award for the best player of the season.”
The GPI has become the world’s most widely used and respected ranking system for tournament poker since its acquisition by Zokay Entertainment in August 2012. In July GPI announced that it had acquired The Hendon Mob, the world’s largest poker database.