A new feature on PokerNews, the YouStake Performance of the Week will be coming at you each and every week this summer, on Friday, and is designed to highlight great performances on the felt from Las Vegas during the 2016 World Series of Poker.
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We know what you're thinking, how can we not give the YouStake Performance of the Week to Jason Mercier, right? Well, we're not, and here's why. We figure that with the run he's on, and at time of writing he's at the final table of the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship event, we'll be using him in the weeks to come. For now, we'd like to focus on Ryan Laplante, who currently leads the WSOP Player of the Year race.
Laplante has earned eight WSOP cashes this summer, as he made the money in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low event this afternoon. That's very impressive, and it's not that he's just min-cashing either.
Laplante won the $565 Pot-Limit Omaha event that attracted 2,483 entries. By doing so, he scooped up his first gold bracelet and $190,328 in cold, hard cash. Most recently, Laplante took 21st in a field of 665 entries in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em tournament, almost reaching another final table, but settling for $5,155.
All told, Laplante has earned over $211,649, and that doesn't include the cash in the Omaha hi-low event because he hasn't busted out yet.
Laplante's someone who has been around for a few years in poker, with live cashes going back to 2011, but he's never truly had a breakout. This summer, that's all changing, as Laplante is as hot as anyone at the 2016 WSOP.
With eight cashes, the current WSOP Player of the Year lead, over $210,000 in earnings, and a gold bracelet, Ryan Laplante is your YouStake Performance of the Week.