Federated Sports and Gaming launches tournament ranking system

Federated Sports and Gaming launches tournament ranking system

Friday, 15 July 2011

Tennis and golf have their own ranking systems and now tournament poker will too after Federated Sports and Gaming (the people behind the Epic Poker League) launched the Global Poker Index.

The new patent pending system ranks and tracks the performance of 300 of the top players in the world, awarding points for performances in eligible tournaments. The total score will be determined by “a combination of finishing-place, buy-in and aging factors for each tournament in which the player records a result.”

“This system is revolutionary for poker and will provide a clear-cut, statistically definitive means for comparing the live tournament accomplishments of top players,” said Annie Duke, commissioner of the Epic Poker League. “Many of the world's best players are not well known outside of the avid fan base. The Global Poker Index will not only create excitement around the rankings of the more established players, but will also put a focus on a new generation of young players.”

Perhaps most intriguing is the fact that the system will be used to to create seedings for the heads up component of the forthcoming Epic Poker League where the draw will be based on the rankings.

Anyone who has looked at the FIFA numbers (England 4th?!?) will know that rankings can often be taken with a hefty pinch of salt however, we can't argue with the computer throwing up Jason Mercier and Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier at one and two in the opening Global Poker Index table.

The full rankings list can be found at GlobalPokerIndex.com.

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Tags: Epic Poker League, Global Poker Index, Annie Duke, Jason Mercier, Bertrand Grospellier, ElkY