Dwan In, Moneymaker Out for FS+G Pro League
The newly formed FS+G Pro Poker League released its much-anticipated roster for Season One on Tuesday with a few surprises among the 218 players that made the cut.
Players that made the Season One roster were granted two, three, or five-year tour cards based on specific selection criteria, which were also revealed on Tuesday.
As expected, many of poker's elite and established players earned three and five-year cards off the top.
Other big-name players however, including Doyle Brunson, Patrik Antonius and even Commissioner Annie Duke, just barely received two-year cards.
Originally, several lifetime exemptions were planned but in the end the league decided against going that route. FS+G were also going to require players to have a major title, but too many players would be excluded.
To fix this potential oversight, the two-year card requirement was split into two categories.
A 2-Year Category A card requires 2 million in lifetime earnings, 1 major title and at least 6 cashes since January 1, 2008 for at least $300,000.
A 2-Year Category B card allows players without major titles but with at least $1.25 million in lifetime earnings and nine live cashes since January 1, 2008.
The split of the 2-year card allowed for players such as Tom Dwan, Greg Mueller, Noah Schwartz and others to be allowed entry into the league.
Players Can Still Qualify Until August 1
Of note, all cards require a set number of cashes since January 1, 2008, effectively eliminating players such as Chris Moneymaker, Jerry Yang, Jamie Gold, Paul Wasicka and more.
Players do have until August 1 to qualify however, including this year's WSOP. After August 1, the only way to play in a FS+G League Main Event is to make the final table of the Pro-Am event held prior to each Main Event.
According to Jeffrey Pollack, Chariman of FS+G (Federated Sports + Gaming):
"We are committed to celebrating the world's best live tournament players in an entirely new way. As we start to fulfill this mission, the first question we had to answer was who made the cut and why.
"For what could have been a very subjective discussion and debate, we elected to embrace objective data."
In addition to announcing the roster and qualification criteria, FS+G announced Tuesday that each of the league's four rake-free Main Events will have $400,000 overlays.
In addition to the $1 million end-of-season freeroll championship, FS+G will have $2.6 million in added prize money in its events.
Events in the FS+G league will be held at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Each event will consist of a $1,500 Pro-Am Event, a charity event, and a $20,000 buy-in rake-free Main Event.
The first event kicks off on August 5 and runs through August 12.
Find the full roster of players for Season One here.