Daniel Negreanu Leads the WSOP Player of the Year Race

daniel NegreanuWorld Series of Poker (WSOP) has entered its third week and Canadian poker pro Daniel Negreanu is still maintaining his lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race with 427.15 points. Negreanu’s best performance at 2013 WSOP came when he finished at 12th place in Event#5 and earned 18.75 points. Earlier this year he proved his supremacy by winning the Main Event of World Series of Poker Asia Pacific (WSOP APAC) in Melbourne, Australia. At the same tournament he made it to the final table of Event#3, where he finished at 4th place. For both of his remarkable performances he bagged 300 and 48.40 points respectively.

The player who is right behind Negreanu is, Benny Chan. Chan won his first bracelet in Event#6, $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, “Millionaire Maker” at ongoing WSOP in Las Vegas. He earned 300 points for his bracelet winning execution. Mark Radoja, who won Event#15 $10,000 Heads up No Limit Hold’em on Sunday night is at third place with 292.50 points. One player who can make Negreanu uncomfortable very soon can be Daniel Kelly, who is at fourth place right now. Kelly had a wonderful summer season going on for him, finishing six times in money, marked his presence on two final tables and on coming Thursday he will try to make it three. If Kelly wins the title, he may replace Negreanu from the number one spot as he already has 269.70 points.

Though it would be too early to predict anything about who will emerge as the WSOP Player of the year as there are still 40 more events still to be played in ongoing WSOP. And with World Series of Poker Europe coming up in October, it can be anyone’s game.

WSOP Top ten Player of the Year

Rank Player Points
1. Daniel Negreanu 427.15
2. Benny Chan 300.00
3. Mark Radoja 292.50
4. Daniel Kelly 269.70
5. Charles Sylvestre 260.00
6. Daniel Marton 252.00
7. Matthew Waxman 242.00
8. Athanasios Polychronopoulos 241.00
9. Matthew Ashton 240.75
10. Davidi Kitai 240.72