The race for Player of the Year in Season 10's European Poker Tour saw top players like Alex Bilokur, Vanessa Selbst, Stephen Chidwick, and Thomas Muhlocker straining at the bit to outrun each other. German wunderkind Ole Schemion came in like a colt on steroids with 1,337.74 points to take the title and take home a €50,000 buy-in to either an event sponsored by Full Tilt Poker or PokerStars.
Barcelona just witnessed the Season 11 kickoff of the €50,000 Super High Roller and news just out from the EPT is there will be three new Player of the Year leaderboards — taking their grading formula from the Global Poker Index (GPI) poker rankings.
“We are pleased to continue our relationship with the EPT,” Alexandre Dreyfus, President of the GPI, said. “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.”
Festival events are fairly common alongside the tours like the Estrellas, UKIPT, Eureka, French Poker Series (FPS), and the Italian Poker Tour (IPT) in EPTs. The events have such a large range of buy-ins available — from $100 all the way up to €100,000 — making the wide range of grading on one tier almost impossible. The Season 11 Player of the Year contest will consist of three tiers in the new system:
- 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.
The winner of each event will be recognized with a customized trophy.
"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."