WSOP to Run Separate Player of the Year Leaderboard for $1,500 Buy-in Events

The World Series of Poker organisers have decided to run a separate Player of the Year leaderboard for $1,500 buy-in events. Players will be able to rack up points throughout the summer in Las Vegas with tons of prizes on offer.

By: Mark Patrickson

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The $1,500 buy-in tournaments at the WSOP are as popular as they come. A whopping 25 of them offer a much sought-after WSOP gold bracelet and minimum 25,000 starting chips.

The price point was first seen in the 1977 running, with 38 entrants and a $57,000 prize pool. Miniscule compared to what we see today.

WSOP Vice President Jack Effel said: “We have found the $1,500 price point to be the sweet spot in poker, perfectly balancing affordability, field size and prize pool to offer great value for participating players. As we continue to cater our offerings to find something for everyone, the $1,500 buy-ins remain a core staple of the WSOP.”

These events really grew in popularity during the 1990’s for those who don’t have the bankroll to play the big ones. Last year, 8 of the 25 $1,500 tournaments were NL Hold’em and they averaged 3,332 entrants with a $4,498,200 prize pool and $642,173 up top for the winner.

Getting Ready for the Summer

Those who are already thinking about heading to the gambling Mecca of Las Vegas this summer can expect to hear more news about this new leaderboard in the coming weeks.

One point that many will be wondering is what will happen to points for the main Player of the Year title. There was some criticism last year about certain top players who were playing these low buy-in events to rack up points and go for the title.

If $1,500 buy-in tournaments no longer count towards the main Player of the Year title, many will be happy.

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