Daniel Negreanu Wants WSOP POY Calculations Changed
The Las Vegas portion of the World Series of Poker is winding down (we still have the WSOP Europe in the Czech Republic this fall) and as it does so, Daniel Negreanu has posted an entry to his blog on Full Contact Poker in which he offers his suggestions for changes to the way the WSOP Player of the Year is determined.
The first of his five ideas is to limit the advantage that deep-pocketed tournament grinders have by limiting the number of results that are counted in the POY rankings to eight per person. Right now, every cash is tallied, giving a huge advantage to those that are able to play in WSOP events all summer. It’s a quality over quantity issue.
“That’s good for the average Joe,” Negreanu writes. “If he strings together some big scores in the smaller events, that accomplishment isn’t negated by a ton of insignificant min cashes that are inevitable for players playing 50+ events. If you play 50 events, you rate to cash about 10 times even in a bad year.”
Related, Negreanu would also like to see those “insignificant” min-cashes be more insignificant in terms of POY points. Right now, he calculates that in a field of 600 (obviously, we know that many WSOP events have larger fields than that), a win is worth four min-cashes in terms of POY points. Negreanu wants to see that difference bumped up to an 8-to-1 ratio. Set the max number of points, set the min points, then determine all the ratios in between, when compared to the top mark.
His third change would be to set the maximum number of points higher for $10,000 buy-in events. It makes sense: the tourneys with tougher fields and in which players risk more money should be more rewarding for the POY race.
Negreanu’s fourth idea is largely inconsequential: put a cap on field sizes when calculating POY points to 8,000. Really, this would be a factor when it comes to the Colossus, which draws around 20,000 entries each year.
Finally, and as Negreanu says, this may be the most “controversial” suggestion, he feels that winning a bracelet should be a prerequisite to winning the Player of the Year title. Says Negreanu:
We have never had a POY winner that didn’t win a bracelet, but that is very possible this year. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to require at least one win to be rewarded POY. In fact I think it adds a cool dynamic to the race. You may have a points leader at the top without a bracelet who in the homestretch needs that win to win the title. Yes, I’m aware that this would exclude me from contention in the 2017 race, but it isn’t about me, it’s about a system that absolutely guarantees the ultimate winner will be deserving.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this bracelet idea is that the current POY leader is none other than the man who is arguably the most hated in the poker world, Chris Ferguson. Ferguson has 898.46 points, while three other players have over 850 in a close race. Ferguson, though, has not won a bracelet this summer. He has come close, earning a second place and a fourth place finish, but most of his cashes are of the “insignificant” min-cash variety. One is even less than $1,000.
Ferguson has not won the Player of the Year title yet (thankfully), as the 11 open events at the WSOP Europe are still to be contested.
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