Will Phil Hellmuth Win 2011 WSOP POY Award?Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 by t2admin
If you haven’t been following the 2011 World Series of Online Poker in Las Vegas you may not know that Phil Hellmuth has been performing much better than he normally does in recent years at the WSOP. Thousands of players have competed in the 40+ events that have already finished this year at the 2011 WSOP and there are still about a dozen tournaments left to play. Hellmuth was leading the 2011 WSOP POY standings, but he was just overtaken by Ben Lamb.
At the time of writing this article there are 42 events complete and 16 more events left to complete at the 2011 WSOP. Hellmuth is sitting in 2nd place on the WSOP POY standings, but he’s going to need to finish the 2011 WSOP off strongly if he expects to win the award this year. There was no doubt that Hellmuth was the favourite a day ago when he was in the lead, but that may have changed when Ben Lamb skyrocketed up the charts and surpassed Hellmuth.
This year the 2011 POY standings at the World Series of Poker have changed a bit. The numbers used to calculate the number of points a player earns for finishing near the top of a tournament has changed. The calculations now account for the size of the buy-in to the tournament and the # of players in the tournament, which will make it a lot fairer. In recent years the winner of the POY award at the WSOP has been the player that has amassed the most WSOP bracelets, but that might not be the case in 2011.
Phil Hellmuth still hasn’t won a bracelet this year, but he’s already finished two tournaments in 2nd place, which has helped him amass roughly 420 points on the POY leaderboard. Ben Lamb is currently sitting with roughly 486 points on the leaderboard and it’s going to take a good finish or two in the final 16 events for Hellmuth to reclaim 1st place on the POY leaderboard.
Only two other players have amassed over 400 points on the 2011 WSOP POY leaderboard and they could both still win the POY award if they have a good finish to the 2011 WSOP. Samuel Stein is 3rd on the leaderboard with 402 points and Mikhail Lakhitov is sitting in 4th place with 401 points. If I was wagering on whom I think will win the 2011 WSOP POY award I would have to say that I like Mikhail Lakhitov to pull off the upset and make a run in the final 16 tournaments.