The top-ranking authority of live poker tournament players, GPI has announced major changes in its ranking system. Starting Jan 11, players will be earnings points on different parameters to match what was used in both the 2016 GPI and World Series of Poker Player of the Year leaderboards.
The new system will give less importance to higher buy-ins and lower field sizes and reward players more in tournaments with lower buy-ins and bigger field sizes. A big difference from the older system is that GPI points will not be awarded to tournaments with less than 32 entrants, this is 11 more than the last threshold of 21.
At the same time, players with results in poker events featuring a buy-in lower than $1,500 will be awarded much more points now under the new system.
GPI head of Poker Content Eric Danis also said that in most cases tournament winners would also witness bigger scores than they have in the past. Danis also mentioned that the new system was arrived at after a long-drawn process and was not a spur of the moment decision. He said that the changes were in the making for over a year-and-a-half.
Danis further explained “With the ever-changing poker landscape, we recognized that a revamp was required, more than the standard adjustment we usually already make on a yearly basis. We listened to the players and are convinced that this is the way to go; the updated scoring process will see successful players at most buy-in levels rewarded in our rankings.”
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