In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This final edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Series of Poker.
Of the 55 players who have sat atop of the PocketFives Rankings over the past 13 years, nobody had a better summer than Shaun Deeb. He cashed 16 times including victories in two of the more high profile events on the calendar. His first win came in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller where he beat a final table that included David Benyamine, Jason Koon, Scotty Nguyen, and Ben Yu. He followed that up by winning the $10,000 Six Max Championship by beating fellow former #1 Paul Volpe heads-up.
Deeb’s summer also puts him in pole position to win WSOP Player of the Year. Deeb sits atop the POY leaderboard with a 588.02 point lead over his closest challenger, Ben Yu. The WSOP POY race won’t be finalized until after WSOP Europe this fall.
Shaun Deeb’s 2018 WSOP Results
|$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo||44th||$4,723|
|$2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball||37th||$3,937|
|$1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Big Blind Antes)||16th||$11,553|
|$1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw||3rd||$36,330|
|$1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER||965th||$2,345|
|$1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw||19th||$3,799|
|$50,000 Poker Players Championship||10th||$111,447|
|$2,500 Mixed Big Bet||14th||$5,460|
|$25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller||1st||$1,402,683|
|$1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold’em||108th||$394|
|$1,000 No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty||172nd||$1,214|
|$1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No Limit Hold’em Championship||96th||$2,641|
|$10,000 MAIN EVENT||105th||$57,010|
|$10,000 Six Max Championship (Big Blind Antes)||1st||$814,179|
|$1,500 The Closer||320th||$2,763|
Paul Volpe became the first former #1 to win three career bracelets, taking down the $10,000 Omaha 8-or-better Championship. He picked up seven more cashes including a runner-up finish to Deeb in the $10,000 Six Max Championship. He also made the final table of the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event at the start of the series. He was one of just three former #1 players to break the $1 million earnings mark this summer.
Fedor Holz played three WSOP events this summer; the $100,000 High Roller, the $50,000 High Roller and the $1 million Big One for One Drop. In true Holz fashion, he cashed in two of them and nearly won his second bracelet. Holz started the WSOP off by finishing ninth in the $100,000 High Roller for $240,265. He then left Las Vegas, returning for the last week to play the $50,000 High Roller, where he failed to cash, and the Big One for One Drop, where he finished runner-up to Justin Bonomo.
For his career, Holz has cashed in 12 WSOP events taking home $11,915,808.
Calvin Anderson picked up his second career bracelet this summer by winning the $10,000 Razz Championship for $309,220. That was one of 10 cashes Anderson had this summer. His next best result was a 12th place finish in the $10,000 Triple Draw Championship for $19,428.
Taylor Paur managed eight cashes this summer with the bulk of his winnings coming from the $2,620 Marathon event where his fourth-place finish earned him $210,995. He was also one of the eight former #1-ranked players to pick up a cash in the Main Event, finishing 736th for $19,900.
One year after winning his first WSOP bracelet, Chris Moorman had a decent summer thanks to 10 cashes. He came close to another bracelet, finishing 23rd in the $888 Crazy Eights event for $27,661. He then capped off his summer by finishing 273rd in the Main Event for $42,980.