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  • Phil Ivey Atop the 2012 WSOP Player of the Year Race

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 by Ryan

The 2012 World Series of Poker is officially beginning to wind down as we have hit the Main Event, which means that we have to begin looking at who the potential WSOP Player of the Year could end up being. The points race is tight this year, but it features some of the most well-known poker players in the world near the top, and probably the most popular player in the game sitting in first place currently. This is none other than Phil Ivey, and Ivey has had an incredibly impressive World Series of Poker to this point. Currently he has a lead of 568.70 points to 524.25 points over John Monnette. After that you find three more top players in Phil Hellmuth (500.70 points), the Big One for One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari (488.10 points), and Michael Mizrachi (486.20 points).

To round out the top ten you’ll see that Gregory Merson is in 6th with 481.13 points, David (ODB) Baker has 433.38 points, Andrew Frankenberger has 406.66 points, Andy Bloch has 405.30 points, and Vanessa Selbst has 388.17 points to round out the top ten. Obviously things can change quite a bit in the World Series of Poker Player of the Year race with the Main Event currently underway, and the fact that there is also the 2012 WSOP Europe still as well.

Players get points through World Series tournaments, and the number that they earn depends on multiple things including the size of the buy-in for the tournament, the tournament type, the size of the final field, and also where the end up finishing at. So basically if you end up having a deep finish in a high buy-in tournament then you’ll get the max number of points. There are only a few tournaments that do not count towards the Player of the Year race, which are the Seniors Championship, Casino Employees Event, and the Ladies Championship since they were not considered open events. For the Main Event, you’ll find that 500 points will automatically go to the winner, but every player who plays gets points, even the first one to be eliminated.

Interestingly, four of the players in the top ten won’t be jumping up to the top currently as they have already been sent home from the Main Event. These players include Phil Hellmuth, David Baker, John Monnette, and Andy Bloch. In terms of payouts for points to the players who make it into the bottom half of the event (top 3,300 players) are going to get 25 points. If Ivey makes it into this spot then he’ll have 593.7 points, which would leave him more than 100 points ahead of anyone else left in the field. The player who finishes 9th in the Main Event will get 100 points, so in order to catch up to Ivey those other players in the top five are going to need to finish at least eighth.

Ivey finds himself at the top thanks to seven cashes, and an incredible five final tables as well. Ivey has fallen short of getting a bracelet to this point, as he has a 2nd place, 3rd place, 5th place, 7th place, and 8th place finish to total a very impressive $576,052 so far in this World Series. We’ll keep an eye on this race as time rolls on, but it looks like Ivey is definitely the favorite to get the job done and take home the award.

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