World Series of Poker rolls out Pennsylvania 2022 Player of the Year race

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Haley Hintze
Posted on: January 11, 2022 09:42 PST

The World Series of Poker has released details for the 2022 Player of the Year contest offered to its Pennsylvania-based players. The Pennsylvania-only race, which began on January 1 and runs through December 31, 2022, offers a $10,000 cash prize and other awards.

According to information released by to its Pennsylvania players, the 2022 PA Player of the Year (POY) is awarded by total points accumulations in all open tournaments held on the site throughout 2022. "Open" events are defined as multi-table tournaments (MTTs) that award cash prizes. All results are then calculated into the Player of the Year standings throughout the year.

In addition to the $10,000 prize, the winner will also receive a special 2022 Pennsylvania "Player of the Year" ring (valued at $1,000), plus $1,500 in online tournament tickets -- two separate tickets, valued at $500 and $1,000, respectively. The contest is open to all "real-money approved" players who are physically present in Pennsylvania. Access to the WSOP's Pennsylvania client is offered through the Harrah's Philadelphia online site, the WSOP's official land-based casino partner in the state.

Bonus multipliers for special events

One wrinkle added to the 2022 Pennsylvania Player of the Year chase is that certain special events may award points calculated as multiples. According to, "Some tournaments, including but not limited to our Series of Online Championships tournaments (the Winter Poker Classic, the Spring Poker Series, the Online Championships, and the Fall Poker Classic), and our signature Sunday tournaments may be calculated with a points multiplier. This multiplier will be defined in the marketing collateral for these and other events, and may be applied retroactively."

The first of those special series for Pennsylvania players is already underway. The PA WSOP Online Circuit Series began on January 5 and runs through January 16, 2022, including its upcoming main event. The series awards 12 event winners' rings and collectively offers over $500,000 in guaranteed prize money, in addition to being eligible for the PA-only POY race.

While most multi-table tourneys on the Pennsylvania site are POY points-eligible, there are some exceptions. Certain "closed" events, such as ladies-only, seniors-only, or by-invitation events, are not POY-eligible. Nor are events held on the site that award non-cash prizes, such as (according to "hotel rooms, show tickets, or clothing." Freerolls and satellites are also ineligible, and of course, the POY race is MTT-only; no single-table sit-n-gos or any cash-game play is considered toward the POY honor.

Further contest details can be found on the Pennsylvania site, including an explanation of how the 2022 PA POY points are calculated.

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