WSOP: Player of the Year Chasers All Looking Up at Elio Fox

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A big win early has put Elio Fox in the driver's seat for WSOP Player of the Year. (WSOP photo)

There are 22 events in the books at the 2018 World Series of Poker but the player who took down the first bracelet of the year continues to hold down the lead for Player of the Year.

The Leader: Elio Fox

Elio Fox, who won the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event on the opening day of the Series, sits atop the POY leaderboard with 2,010.14 points. He earned 1,108.8 of those points from that Bounty event and another 634.9 from his runner-up finish in the $100,000 High Roller event. A baby cash in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker earned him an additional 266.5 points.

The Chase Group: Joe Cada and Paul Volpe

The closest challengers to Fox include a former World Champion and a newly minted three-time bracelet winner.

Joe Cada started his WSOP off with a ninth-place finish in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event and then navigated his way through three tables to win the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout. He’s now cashed five times this WSOP for 1,692.71 POY points and sits 317.43 points behind Fox.

Paul Volpe, a former #1-ranked PocketFiver, grabbed his third career bracelet in the $10,000 Omaha Eight-or-Better Championship event. He has three other cashes, all in events with buy-ins of $10,000 or more for 1,671.30 points – just 62.41 points behind Cada.

The Peloton: Bracelet Winners Galore

The rest of the top 10 is populated mostly players who have already grabbed a bracelet this summer. Arne Kern won the Millionaire Maker for his only cash so far, but it was good enough to earn him 1,332.5 points, which puts him in fourth place.

Nick Petrangelo, Robrely Felicio, Craig Varnell, Julien Martini sit fifth through eighth thanks largely to their bracelet wins.

The only player in the top 10 without a victory yet this summer is John Racener. The former Main Event runner-up sits ninth thanks to six cashes this summer. Racener has 1,149.33 points thanks to a 16th place finish in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty, an 86th place result in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo, an eighth-place finish in the Colossus, a 51st place in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event, a fourth-place finish $1,500 Eight Game and an 81st place finish in the $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em. Despite not having a bracelet yet, Racener sits 860.81 behind Fox.

Justin Bonomo wraps up the top 10 with 1,120.3 points thanks to his win in the $10,000 Heads Up Championship.

WSOP Player of the Year Top 10

POSITION PLAYER POINTS
1 Elio Fox 2,010.14
2 Joe Cada 1,692.71
3 Paul Volpe 1,671.3
4 Arne Kern 1,332.47
5 Nick Petrangelo 1,269.75
6 Roberly Felicio 1,264.46
7 Craig Varnell 1,194.63
8 Julien Martini 1,159.45
9 John Racener 1,149.33
10 Justin Bonomo 1,120.3