Aussie Robert Campbell Leads 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Race

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Robert Campbell
After winning two gold bracelets this summer, Australian Robert Campbell leads the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race (photo: WSOP)

The 2019 World Series of Poker is in the books, and so is the first part of the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race. Through nearly 90 eligible events, Australian Robert Campbell leads the WSOP Player of the Year race with 3,418.78 points.

Campbell put together a tremendous 2019 WSOP. He cashed nine times, reached the top 10 on five occasions, and won two gold bracelets. Campbell’s first bracelet, which also happened to be the first of his career, came when he won the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw tournament for $144,027. He would later go on to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $385,763. Campbell also made the final table in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event and the $1,500 Razz event.

Heading into this fall’s 2019 WSOP Europe, Campbell’s lead is less than 140 points over the defending WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb. Daniel Negreanu sits third with 3,166.24 points and Dan Zack is fourth with 3,126.13 points. Campbell, Deeb, Negreanu, and Zack are the only four players to accumulate more than 3,000 points during the summer.

2019 WSOP Player of the Year Standings

PLAYER CASHES FTs WINS EARNINGS POINTS
1 Robert Campbell 10 4 2 $679,359 3,418.78
2 Shaun Deeb 17 4 0 $642,532 3,280.13
3 Daniel Negreanu 17 4 0 $2,049,062 3,166.24
4 Dan Zack 14 3 1 $351,259 3,126.13
5 Phillip Hui 10 3 1 $1,279,093 2,881.67
6 Jason Gooch 11 2 1 $354,819 2,643.72
7 Joseph Cheong 9 2 1 $823,788 2,595.54
8 David ‘ODB’ Baker 14 2 1 $381,537 2,480.06
9 Chris Ferguson 19 3 0 $253,540 2,476.96
10 Anthony Zinno 8 3 1 $473,730 2,443.22

Sitting just outside of the top 10 are Ismael Bojang in 12th with 2,372.48 points and Scott Clements with 2,368.02 points. Bojang racked up 15 cashes at the 2019 WSOP and won his first-ever gold bracelet. Clements cashed six times, won his third career gold bracelet, and made two additional final tables.

Dario Sammartino, who finished second in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, earned 2,289.78 points this summer. In addition to this runner-up finish in the WSOP Main Event, Sammartino took third in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, fourth in the WSOP.com $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack, and ninth in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, among other cashes. Sammartino’s summer has him currently 19th on the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard.

Hossein Ensan, winner of the 2019 WSOP Main Event, cashed just once at the series this summer, banking $10 million and 1,730.84 points in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That’s good enough to have Ensan sitting in 53rd place. It’s still a ways off the top of the leaderboard, but it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Ensan to make a push later this year as he’s a German player and WSOP Europe won’t be too far away in Rozvadov.

WSOP Europe features 11 gold bracelet events ranging in buy-ins of €350 to €100,000 and takes place Sunday, October 13, through Monday, November 4.