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Global Poker Index to power WSOP Player of the Year

15 May 2015

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The World Series of Poker (WSOP) announced today an agreement with Global Poker Index (GPI), the company behind the popular poker player rankings website www.globalpokerindex.com, to tabulate, power and sponsor the prestigious WSOP Player of the Year Award.

It will now be called the GPI WSOP Player of the Year.

The GPI WSOP Player of the Year is a year-long race to determine the most successful poker player over the course of a calendar year based on participation in 74 official WSOP gold bracelet events held during the WSOP in Las Vegas (May 27-July 14, 2015) and WSOP Europe (Oct. 8-24, 2015) in Berlin, Germany.

GPI will exclusively host the complete standings of the WSOP POY which can be found by visiting www.globalpokerindex.com/wsop/.

The winner of the 2015 GPI WSOP Player of the Year will receive a specially-designed commemorative trophy.

In addition to the outstanding one-of-a-kind trophy, the 2015 GPI WSOP Player of the Year will be recognized in a special ceremony during the WSOP Main Event Final Table in November. A permanent banner memorializing their achievement will also become part of future WSOP events, being displayed prominently at the host venue year-after-year.

"The World Series of Poker is the most prestigious poker competition in the world and is also the most 'sportified' series on the live tournament circuit," said Global Poker Index Chief Executive Officer Alexander Dreyfus. "We are very honored to have entered into this agreement with the WSOP and I am truly excited to develop several initiatives that will support the growth of the sport of poker. This partnership also allows the Global Poker Index to expand its reach in North America and all over the world."

It is expected that the winner of this award will not be known until after the WSOP Europe Main Event in October at the earliest, or even during the WSOP Main Event final table in November, 2015. The last several years, the race has been hotly contested, and with the new GPI exclusive formula in play calculating points earned based on tournament, buy-in and finish, it is expected that this year’s race will continue to be as wide open, if not more.

“I’m pleased to grow our relationship with the Global Poker Index around the Player of the Year,” said Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director. “For several years Alex has been claiming this is the best formula to recognize tournament poker success, and we’re looking forward to an exciting race where every result counts. I know GPI is very passionate about elevating the profile of this award to the mainstream, which only helps create buzz for the game.”

In addition to the GPI WSOP Player of the Year initiative, this new, multi-year agreement includes marketing initiatives for the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and WSOP Europe. Initiatives are expected to include exclusive editorial content on WSOP.com and content within the WSOP final table livestream.

The agreement includes several other initiatives including a commitment from the Global Poker Index to invest and dedicate resources in order to create innovative and ground-breaking content in order to promote joint objectives, and even plans for a GPI WSOP Player Party during the 2015 WSOP.

Additionally, Fantasy Poker Manager returns for the 2015 WSOP & WSOP Europe, and a content-sharing expansion includes exclusive GPI statistics housed on WSOP.com providing more detailed data on player results including success by game type.

The 46th World Series of Poker, from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, kicks off in less than two weeks on Wednesday, May 27. The tournament series consists of a comprehensive slate of the game’s most popular poker variations running this year from May 27 through July 14.

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Global Poker Index to power WSOP Player of the Year is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.