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Now that the 2015 WSOP Main Event has concluded, players in Nevada and New Jersey are turning their attention to the Player of the Year championships at

Online poker players in both states have been competing all year at the MTT and SNG tournament tables, aiming for the top spot on the 2015 PoY Leaderboard. Points are earned based on both both winning and finishing in the money, with consistency being the name of the game.

At the end of the year, a champion will be crowned in both states and receive a prestigious award from Along with the 2015 Player of the Year title, the winners from New Jersey and Nevada will each be awarded $10,000 in cash, a PoY ring worth another $1,000, seats for two at the 2016 Poker Hall of Fame induction dinner, and VIP seating for two at the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table.

That HOF induction willl likely be honoring Phil Ivey, as the Tiger Woods of Poker is set to turn 40 in February and will undoubtedly be voted in by the poker media and living Hall of Fame members.

Tight Races

At the moment, the 2015 PoY title looks like a two-horse race in both states. In Nevada, ‘PaulDewald’ currently sits atop the leaderboard with 16,368.83 points. Not far behind is ‘1more1time’ with 15,059.32. The player looking up at those two from the 3rd position, ‘Hogz47,’ has a bit of ground to make up with 10,776.82 points.

Over in New Jersey, the heads-up battle is even tighter. Leading the pack is ‘bballwiz’ and his current point total of 26,874.06. An NJ player using the moniker of ‘phatdaddy’ is right on his tail at 26,332.22. The PoY champ will likely be one of those two, as the next closest player has 8,980.58 points.

Who will take home the 2015 PoY championships? We will know when the winners are announced on January 6, 2016.

WSOP Circuit Satellite

While the PoY races intensify, players in Nevada who would like to qualify for the $1,675 Main Event of the World Series of Poker Circuit at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas can do so at Satellites are scheduled each night at 6:00 p.m. from November 15-18.

The buy-in is only $30, with re-buys and add-ons permitted. One $1,675 Main Event seat is guaranteed for each of the four satellites. That WSOP Circuit Main Event will be played at Planet Hollywood on Nov. 20 (Day 1A) and the 21st (Day 1B).

The winner of the Main Event, along with first place prize money, will receive a WSOP Circuit ring and a seat at the $1 million National Championship next summer! Isn’t that worth a shot for $30?

Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.