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WSOP MAKES CHANGES TO PLAYER OF THE YEAR FORMULA – AGAIN BY JD MCNAMARA

The more things change, the more they stay the same – by once again changing.

For the fourth time in the last eight years, the World Series of Poker is overhauling the point system used to determine its Player of the Year.

As a poker player who has been in Las Vegas for multiple WSOPs, and even managed to make a final table back in the day, I’ve always thought the POY award was much ado about nothing. Each year, there are maybe 50 players who have a shot at winning the award. Sure, freerolling the World Series of Poker Europe (which is given to the leader of the POY race after the WSOP in Vegas) as well as a free entry into the following year’s WSOP (given to the actual POY winner at the end of the WSOPE) would be nice. But like me, 95% of the people who play in these series’ don’t have the cash to play the volume that winning Player of the Year requires. If you’re heading to Vegas to play a tournament or two, you’re best to put the POY race out of your mind.

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