Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris
As a self-confessed poker “newbie” I find myself getting totally confused about the numerous tournaments seemingly going on at the same time all over the world. There are days when I decide I’ll just write a quick and dirty blog about the big winners of the week and my eyes cross while my mind goes foggy. The problem: I see big winners everywhere!
As far as I knew, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) was the Mother of All Poker (MOAP) tournaments and the one that everyone seemed to be laser-focused on every year. So how do all these tournies attract big-name poker players and how the hell do those players get from one to another so quickly?
The majority of the tournaments seem to be part of the World Poker Tour (WPT). At least that makes sense to me, since it does imply a tournament that covers the world. So, just taking a random look at a variety of poker sites I see the WPT LA Poker Classic, the WPT DeepStacks Amsterdam, the PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing (because at some point PokerStars teamed up with the WPT to further confuse me), the PokerStars National Championship Monte Carlo, the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, the PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event, the 2017 Crown Poker Championships (in Melbourne, Australia), the 2017 APT Championships (in the Philippines), the 2017 Hollywood Open, the WSOP International Circuit (Czech Republic), the 2017 GUKPT (in Edinburgh),the 2017 PokerStars Championship (in Macau) and the list goes on and on ad nauseam.
In fact, there are more than 120 tournaments listed on CardPlayer.com for the months of April and May! Not counting the thousands of others I didn’t mention and not counting the hugely popular online tournaments that also attract big-name poker players.
I guess it’s no surprise that with poker tournaments being played just about everywhere, it’s impossible for me to keep track of who the big winners are in any given week. So I won’t even try. Instead, I’ll leave it all to the Global Poker Index (GPI) that ranks poker players weekly based on their performance (ie. finishing in cash positions in qualifying tournaments) occurring over the previous 36 month period. It’s all a highly complicated formula that is above my pay grade, but it seems to make sense in the poker world, which is really all that matters.