WSOP Makes Changes to Much-Maligned Player of the Year System

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Sorry folks, the changes to the WSOP Player of the Year system wouldn't have changed the outcome of the 2017 race: Chris Ferguson still wins. (WSOP photo)

Last summer, poker players at the World Series of Poker were boisterous in the dislike of the newly implemented Player of the Year scoring system. It appears that the suits that run the WSOP heard the complaints loud and clear and have made significant changes for 2018.

The new system rewards more points for wins and deep runs according to a statement released Thursday. A win is now worth approximately 20 times what a min-cash is whereas in 2017 the win was worth between three and eight times as much as a min-cash.

The formula used to calculate WSOP POY points has not been made public, but players can use a calculator on the website to calculate approximate points earned for any event provided they know buy-in, field size and finishing position.

Here is a comparison of the difference between 2017 and 2018 for some of the marquee events on the WSOP schedule using identical field sizes from 2017.

2018   2017  
Event Win Min-Cash Win Min-Cash
The Colossus ($565 NLHE) 1,317 66 347.6 32.7
$10K Heads-Up Championship 1,024 51 147.9 62.9
The Millionaire Maker ($1,500 NLHE) 1,341 67 315.7 38.7
$10K Razz 989 49 138.3 53.1
$50K Players Championship 1,338 67 184 70.1
$25K PLO High Roller 1,219 61 201.1 62
$10K Main Event 1,694 85 433.2 53.1

As in years past, events that aren’t classified as “open” will not count towards POY point totals. That means the Casino Employees, Seniors, Super Seniors and Ladies Event will not allow players to earn points. Two other events will also not count towards POY: the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop and the $1,000 Tag Team event.

The remaining events, plus the open events at WSOP Europe will count towards the POY race.

Under the new system, Chris Ferguson would still have won the 2017 WSOP POY race thanks to a record-breaking 23 cashes which included a bracelet in the €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event.

The 2018 WSOP begins May 30.