Dan Zack Continues To Leads 2019 WSOP POY Race
After two weeks of play at the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Dan Zack still holds the top spot in this year’s WSOP Player of the Year rankings.
One week into the series, the American poker pro clinched his first career bracelet after topping 296 entries in Event #6: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball. He went on to score more cashes during the second week of the festival, which kept him in the top position.
Zack has cashed in five events at the WSOP and they are Event #28: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em (108th, $2,410); Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E (47th, $3,666); Event #12: $1,000 NLHE Super Bounty Turbo (62nd, $3,354); Event #3: $500 NLHE BIG 50 (506th, $3,782) and Event #2: $10,000 NLHE – Super Turbo Bounty (12th, $18,667).
Rest of Top 10 in Constant Flux
Ben Heath took the second spot in the first week of the 2019 WSOP but the British pro who captured his first bracelet in Event #5: $50,000 Annual High Roller dropped to No. 6 despite scoring a second cash. Zack is the only player who has maintained his spot in the POY race, with the rest of the top 10 constantly changing.
Replacing Heath in second position is Isaac Baron who triumphed in Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed. Baron is closely followed in third place by Femi Fashakin, winner of the BIG 50, which is officially the largest tournament in poker history.
Brett Apter quickly climbed to No. 4 after cashing three times so far. He won Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout taking home $238,824 as top prize and also claiming his first bracelet. Another first-time bracelet winner in the Top 10 is Daniel Strelitz who took down Event #11: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $442,385. He is now in fifth place and Jeremy Pekarek is behind Ben Heath in seventh place.
Pekarek secured enough points after capturing Event #9: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deep Stack which attracted a massive 6,151-entry field. Three-time bracelet winner Frankie O’Dell has taken the No. 8 spot after he went on to win Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship.
Ben Yu, who finished second to Shaun Deeb in last year’s WSOP POY race, is currently holding the No. 9 position. Yu, a three-time WSOP champ, almost snagged his fourth gold after finishing runner-up to Sean Swingruber in Event #15: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em. Scott Clements won his third bracelet in Event #10: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice, landing him in the No.10 spot.
The 2019 WSOP POY race applies to all open bracelet events from the 2019 WSOP and also for the upcoming WSOP Europe which is scheduled for later this year.