Big Buy-In Tournaments Now The Way To Guarantee A Place In The Leaderboards
An interesting thing to note in recent years, something that maybe not everyone has been taking notice of, is the rise in importance in big buy-in tournaments when it comes to getting ranked on the various leaderboards that determine who the best players in the world currently are. It seems that grinding away on the international poker circuit is no longer going to get a hard working pro up there - better to concentrate on playing fewer, high stakes games if becoming #1 is important to you.
An example of the current trend is made pretty clear with the current CardPlayer Player Of The Year board, currently led by Fedor Holz (Holz leads the way in all aspects of poker at the moment). Out of the top ten players on the board right now, the average buy-in across the year for them in tournaments that contributed to their point score is almost $27,000. Compare that to the $4,727 that made up the average in 2007. The higher stakes games will definitely help you much more in getting points onto the board.
Indeed, Fedor Holz's average buy-in for games on his own this year is $70,424, far more than any of his competitors for the CardPlayer Player Of The Year. He's also won almost $16 million this year, which puts his average buy-in in some perspective.
Overall the trend is showing that despite Black Friday, poker is pretty healthy at the tournament level and that the big games are where it's at.