The WSOP doesn’t award the POY anything and players want a change
The coveted poker award comes with absolutely no perks
No trophy, no plaque, not even balloons and a hot fudge sundae. When a poker player is selected as the WSOP Player of the Year (POY) he or she receives absolutely nothing. It’s surprising, given the prestige associated with the award and the amount of money the WSOP throws around, including bracelets that are sometimes worth more than $500,000. Poker players are starting to take notice and could begin to try and convince the WSOP that a change is in order.
Paul Volpe, who has three WSOP bracelets to his credit, as well as a nod for the 2016 POY, posted on Twitter, “Just found out @WSOP gives nothing now for poy. Pretty cheap and sad for the wsop to give absolutely nothing. Not sure why the boys are losing equity in some tournies to try to win it.”
Daniel Negreanu already has two POY awards, more than any other player, and wants a third. He’s in the race for bragging rights, but acknowledges that something should be done differently. He states, “I think they should get a sponsor to put up a prize to the winner. Also, the Main Event winner doesn’t need a $500,000 bracelet! A lot of that money could go towards the POY. The POY race increases revenue for the WSOP. People in contention pay more rake, even double or triple dipping tournaments to maximize their chance to win POY.”
A sponsor isn’t a bad solution – many sports organizations bring in sponsors to offer prizes. However, to not even be willing to issue a certificate shows how cheap the WSOP has become.