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Headed into the second weekend of the 49th Annual World Series of Poker, Elio Fox continues to hold the lead in points in the early race for the 2018 Player of the Year. Elio Fox, the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event winner, captured his second career in Event #2: $10,000 NLHE Super Turbo Bounty. After collecting his $393,693 for the win, the New York native then jumped right into Event #5: $100,000 NLHE High Roller. He navigated a tough final table that included the Stephen Chidwick, Jason Koon, Adrian Mateos, Bryn Kenney, and eventual winner Nick Petrangelo. Fox nabbed another official payday of 1,798,658 for his runner-up finish (although rumors of a chop with Petrangelo were circulating). In total Fox has amassed 1743.65 POY Points to lead the pack. Right behind him is Philadelphia, PA’s Paul Volpe. Volpe has been ever-present early at the WSOP, registering three cashes within the first week. Most notably, Volpe captured his third career bracelet and $417,921 by winning Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Volpe also appeared at the final table of the aforementioned Event #2 finishing in third place for over $169,000. The run good continued as Volpe had a profitable showing in the $100,000 NLHE High Roller, making the final two tables and over $155,00. Currently, Volpe only sits 121.65 points behind Fox with a total of 1,622 POY Points. 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Joe Cada presently sits third in the Player of the Year race with 1,527.57 points. Like Volpe, Cada also has put together a string of results early, bolstered by the winning of his third career bracelet. Cada outgunned all three of his tables in Event #3: $3,000 NLHE Shootout for $226,218. "The Kid" was also seen at the final table of Event #2, pulling down $16,024 for his ninth-place finish. His most recent WSOP cash came in Event #7, the 13,070 player $565 Colossus. He made the top 100 of the massive field and added $4,446 to his bankroll. His cash in the Colossus marks his 31st lifetime cash at the series. The winner of the $100,000 NLHE High Roller, Nick Petrangelo lands in fourth place based solely on his performance in Event #5. A regular on the high roller scene, Petrangelo earned his second career bracelet in this event as well as an official sum of $2,910,227. While it is unlikely that the Massachusetts resident will be jumping in any of the “smaller” buy-in events. he will very likely have an opportunity to accumulate more POY points playing the $10,000 events, as well as the Main Event and the $1 Million One Drop. Petrangelo currently has 1,269.75 points. Julien Martini rounds out the top five, having earned 1,026.20 POY points. Martini bested the 911 player field in Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better to earn his first career bracelet and $239, 771. No stranger to big spots in poker, Martini has a live earning career total of $530,764 including a victory in a $5,000 WPT event in late April. After playing in the WSOP for years, the French grinder found this to be a dream come true. "It was a dream when I was 14 years old. What kind of guy can win a $1,500 tournament or a $10,000? I was dreaming about this for seven years, and it is one of the best things in my life. I am very proud and super happy," Martini said. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Thru 6/8 Name Points 1 Elio Fox 1,743.65 2 Paul Volpe 1,622.00 3 Joe Cada 1,527.57 4 Nick Petrangelo 1,269.75 5 Julien Martini 1,026.20 6 William Reymond 996.82 7 Johannes Becker 960.14 8 Jeremy Harkin 927.59 9 Daniel Ospina 877.33 10 Shaun Deeb 823.34
The World Series of Poker Player of the Year race featured a new leader almost every week for the duration of the series. Elio Fox jumped to an early lead thanks to his bracelet win and runner-up finish in the $100,000 High Roller all within in the first week. By the middle of June, Fox's epic first week was an afterthought. Post-lim events played a large role in how the final leaderboard shook out. The most competitive race in WSOP history ended (for now) with one of the three-multi bracelet winners from 2018 in front. Shaun Deeb played an incredible amount of volume and is 90 percent of the way toward accomplishing one of his major career goals. Deeb shipped the $10,000 Six-Max a few days after making Day 6 of the Main Event and placing 105th. The bracelet is the second for Deeb this summer and the fourth of his career. Deeb's final haul from the 2018 WSOP includes two bracelets, three final tables, and 16 cashes. 2017 Player of the Year Chris Ferguson is the only player who cashed more times than Deeb and he racked up 17 to lead the category for the second straight year. Second in cashes and second in POY is $50,000 High Roller winner Ben Yu. Deeb defeated Yu heads up in the $25,000 PLO and leads him in POY by a little under 600 points. Yu earned a career-best $1.65 million for his third bracelet win. A few days earlier, Yu took fourth in the DoubleStack Turbo and overall, he concluded his WSOP campaign with four top-four finishes. Yu and Deeb finished in 11th and 12th place, respectively, on the overall WSOP earnings list. The only players ahead of them were Main Event final tablists or a player who cashed in the Big One for One Drop with the exception of one Nick Petrangelo, who won the $100,000 High Roller and took third in the $50,000 edition won by Yu. The player of the moment and third on the POY list is Joe Cada. Cada opened the 2018 summer with a win in the $3,000 Shootout and steadily accumulated from there toward a stellar final two weeks. The 2009 Main Event champion took fifth in his bid at a second title. Following the disappointing finish, Cada jumped in the $1,500 Closer and won the title along with his fourth bracelet in only two days of play. Cada earned a combined $2.7 for the two scores and certified himself a place in the annals of WSOP runs. John Hennigan led the POY race midway through the summer. Hennigan's second-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and win in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E was never replicated but he did wind up with 12 cashes in total. Those 12 cashes are 12 more than Hennigan collected in 2017. Hennigan was awarded with a Poker Hall of Fame induction during the Main Event to cap off his best year at the series. Scott Bohlman and Paul Volpe sit in the middle of the 2018 class. Bohlman came close twice to being the first multi-bracelet winner of the summer but settled for second in the $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo and third in the $3,000 PLO Six-Max. Volpe faced off heads up against Deeb in the $10,000 Six-Max and earned silver for his Main Event post-lim. 'The Main Event' made Day 5 of his nicknamed tournament and set a record with eight cashes in events with a $10,000 buy-in or higher. The No Limit players carved out space in the top-10 as done by Eric Baldwin and Justin Liberto. Between the two players, they went to the payout cage 25 times and all but two of their ventures were for events that didn't have NLH in the title. Heavy-hitters Mike Leah and Anthony Zinno round out the important part of the leaderboard. Neither player added a second bracelet despite having five final tables between them to close another victory out. Zinno made up the trophy difference at The Venetian where he won the CardPlayer $5,000 event for $466,670 to wrap up his summer schedule. The race concludes on November 2 at WSOP Europe at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Deeb confirmed on the Poker Life Podcast he would be in attendance at it remains to be seen who from the top-10 will join him. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Position Name Points 1 Shaun Deeb 4,334.06 2 Ben Yu 3,746.04 3 Joe Cada 3,531.86 4 John Hennigan 3,499.91 5 Scott Bohlman 3,155.88 6 Paul Volpe 2,859.76 7 Eric Baldwin 2,516.30 8 Justin Liberto 2,459.84 9 Mike Leah 2,354.13 10 Anthony Zinno 2,330.37
Shaun Deeb's third career World Series of Poker bracelet win came with an added bonus. The $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller champion now leads the WSOP Player of the Year race as of June 25. Deeb owns 2,662.25 points with 1,236.4 of them coming from his $1.4 million payday. Elio Fox drops to third as his hot run fades for the first time since the start of the WSOP when he won the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty and finished second in the $100,000 High Roller. Fox is in third place behind another bracelet winner in 2018. John Hennigan went on a two-week run that finished up with a second-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Hennigan earned that silver medal immediately after winning his fifth bracelet in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. The Poker Players Championship finished with Hennigan leading POY only to be overtaken by Deeb a few days later. Deeb also cashed in the PPC, taking 10th. Hennigan and Deeb cashed together in the PPC and the $2,500 Big Bet Mix and are separated by less than 100 points on the leaderboard. Deeb leads the WSOP with 10 cashes this summer, tied with 2017 Player of the Year Chris Ferguson. Two bracelet winners in No Limit Hold'em events are up to the fourth and fifth place positions, respectively. Mario Prats Garcia surges to the fourth spot thanks to his first trip to the WSOP winner's circle in the $1,000 Big Blind Ante Turbo. Prats Garcia finished second in a $1,500 NLHE event in 2017 and bettered the result this year. Other cashes for Prats Garcia this summer include a Day 2 appearance in The Colossus, 62nd place in Millionaire Maker, and a min-cash in the DoubleStack. Eric 'basebaldy' Baldwin now has a bracelet for both wrists. The $1,500 No Limit Hold'em champion claimed $319,580 for the heads up win over Ian Steinman along with 1,075.90 points. The win was the sixth cash for Baldwin, whose previous best result the last five weeks was a 22nd place run in the $3,000 Six-Max. Joe Cada and Paul Volpe are treading water in the top-10 but have added few points since their respective bracelet wins in the early days of the WSOP. All of Volpe's five cashes this summer are in events of at least a $10,000 buy-in. Ben Yu put on a show and made the podium twice in two different games. Yu placed third in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship and fell to Deeb in second place at the $25,000 PLO final table. The PLO result is Yu's largest career tournament cash of $866,924. Yu is tied for third in 2018 WSOP cashes with nine. Bracelet winner Daniel Ospina almost became the first player of the summer to win two but fell two spost shy in the $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo event. In only three cashes, Ospina is up to ninth place. Dylan Linde made two consecutive final tables and launched himself into the top-10 as a result. Linde took fourth in the $1,500 NLHE Shootout and then fifth in the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Thru 6/26 Position Name Points 1 Shaun Deeb 2,662.25 2 John Hennigan 2,556.43 3 Elio Fox 2,010.14 4 Mario Prats Garcia 1,751.25 5 Eric Baldwin 1,738.42 6 Paul Volpe 1,733.12 7 Joe Cada 1,692.71 8 Ben Yu 1,587.71 9 Daniel Ospina 1,504.22 10 Dylan Linde 1,453.43