Phil Hellmuth Blows Up AGAIN; Rails Against WSOP POY Rules
Table Of Contents
- 2021 WSOP POY Top 10 Leaderboard As It Stands
- 2021 WSOP POY Formula - How Is It Measured?
- A Glance At The Current WSOP POY Top Five
- 1. Anthony Zinno - 2,627.88 Pts
- Anthony Zinno's Best 2021 WSOP Finishes
- 2. Jake Schwartz - 2,614.45 Pts
- Jake Schwartz's Best 2021 WSOP Finishes
- 3. Phil Hellmuth - 2,598.59 Pts
- Phil Hellmuth's Best 2021 WSOP Finishes
- 4. Shaun Deeb - 2,470.69 Pts
- Shaun Deeb's Best 2021 WSOP Finishes
- 5. Ari Engel - 2,329.61 Pts
- Ari Engel's Best 2021 WSOP Finishes
- WSOP POY Previous Winners
Phil Hellmuth had another blow up at this year's World Series of Poker (WSOP) but this time it was off the felt as he took to Twitter to voice his frustrations regarding the scoring of the WSOP Player of the Year (POY).
2 another player has one Final Table (3rd in online tourn) and 2,000 pts! Who cares about 10th- and 14th- and 300th… https://t.co/tV5x14HCtL— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth)
Hellmuth had an extraordinary October at the WSOP, the all-time leading bracelet winner took his tally to 16 gold bracelets following his triumph in Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw. In addition, he has four other final table finishes which includes a second-place finish in Event #36: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship.
A WSOP POY accolade has surprisingly evaded Hellmuth despite his WSOP success. He has finished second on the leaderboard in 2006, 2011 and 2012. The latter was essentially a lock for 'The Poker Brat,' but Greg Merson's 2012 Main Event win pipped Hellmuth to top spot.
Hellmuth has never been shy to give his opinion, but does his barb at the WSOP scoring formula have some credence? He raises some valid points in that nobody cares about who finishes 10th and beyond, the poker community wants to know who makes a final table and who wins.
However, topping a leaderboard is all about points and the best way to accumulate them is by playing as many events as possible. With much of Hellmuth's criticisms, they come from a place of emotion which is fine but when it comes to a formula needed to choose the POY, emotion needs to be taken out of the equation.
Other POY contender Shaun Deeb raised a similar point when replying to Hellmuth on Twitter also.
Phil poy should always be about the overall grind I have 7 more cashes than you you know how much people love to ha… https://t.co/Jdv6rtdNT5— shaun deeb (@shaundeeb)
Does Hellmuth raise a good point or does this blow-up come from his goal of wanting to finally finish a top of the leaderboard?
2021 WSOP POY Top 10 Leaderboard As It Stands
2021 WSOP POY Formula - How Is It Measured?
On WSOP.com it states that "the formula is loosely based on the highly successful point system that has been used on the WSOP Circuit for many years. That scale will be used for each bracelet event, with modifiers based on the buy-in amount and number of entries."
Dates and Qualifying Events
The 2021 Player of the Year race will only include all open bracelet events of the 2021 WSOP at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (September 30 – November 23) including the NV/NJ online bracelet events.
Heads-Up and Shootout Events
Players eliminated in the same round (e.g. fifth through eighth place in a heads-up event, or all players eliminated on Day 2 of a shootout), will all receive the same points. The points awarded for those places will be the average of the points those places would have earned in a standard event.
Multi-Flight Events Featuring Day 1 Payouts
Some events (e.g. The Closer) offer the opportunity to cash more than once. However, a player will only earn POY points once for each event, and the points earned will be based on the position in the final results.
The following No-Limit Hold'em events will not count toward the player of the year:
- Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em
- Event #22: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies Event
- Event #52: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em
- Event #58: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em
- Event #59: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em
- 1st place: $15,000
- 2nd place: $7,500
- 3rd place: $2,500
A Glance At The Current WSOP POY Top Five
Now that we are entering the final month of WSOP action in Las Vegas, the POY leaderboard is starting to heat up. At the moment, the difference between first and fifth is less than 300 points, with the top spot seeming to be ever changing.
We take a look at those five players and have broken down how they've performed. They are all competing for some extra prize money as well as their own prestigious WSOP banner which will further cement their legacies in the world of poker.
1. Anthony Zinno - 2,627.88 Pts
Like Hellmuth, Anthony Zinno has been one of the shining lights as this year's series so far, capturing two bracelets within the first two weeks of the WSOP. Further to this, he has cashed in six separate events, which includes making the last two tables in three other tournaments. His peformance this year puts him atop the POY leaderboard with just a few weeks of the WSOP remaining.
Anthony Zinno's Best 2021 WSOP Finishes
|October 9||Event #19: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship||1st||$182,872|
|October 13||Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.||1st||$160,636|
|October 25||Event #49: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship||10th||$25,280|
|October 6||Event #14: $1,500 Seven Card Stud||11th||$5,338|
|October 19||Event #38: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed||12th||$80,000|
2. Jake Schwartz - 2,614.45 Pts
Only Schwartz has reached as many final tables as Hellmuth this year and now sits second for POY. Schwartz was denied his first WSOP bracelet, coincidentally losing to Hellmuth in heads-up play. He has a further two podium finishes as well as a fifth and seventh placed finish to his name.
In total, Schwartz has 12 cashes already and has set himself up nicely to have a good run at making the most final tables in a single WSOP. The current record stands at 6, which has been accomplished by An Tran (1992), George Danzer (2014) and John Monnette (2016).
Jake Schwartz's Best 2021 WSOP Finishes
|October 15||Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw||2nd||$52,502|
|October 18||Event #36: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship||3rd||$107,861|
|October 10||Event #20: $1,000 Flip & Go No Limit Hold'em||3rd||$82,675|
|October 25||Event #49: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship||5th||$72,185|
|October 20||Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship||7th||$47,835|
3. Phil Hellmuth - 2,598.59 Pts
As already mentioned, Hellmuth has had a superb 2021, his record breaking win could arguably make him the best poker player of all time.
His five final table appearances, like Schwartz, puts him in a good place to match or even better that particular achievement. Hellmuth has had a handful of final table showings on two other occasions, once in 1992 and another in 2001. If there's one thing Hellmuth excels in, it's breaking his own records.
Phil Hellmuth's Best 2021 WSOP Finishes
|October 15||Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw||1st||$84,951|
|October 18||Event #36: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship||2nd||$153,493|
|October 9||Event #19: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship||4th||$54,730|
|October 4||Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship||5th||$80,894|
|October 1||Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E.||6th||$95,329|
4. Shaun Deeb - 2,470.69 Pts
Shaun Deeb's picked up his fifth WSOP bracelet and first of 2021 after being victorious in Event #53: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed). That win saw him shoot up the leaderboard to fourth place as well collecting the $1,251,860 payday.
Deeb, who won WSOP POY in 2018, will no doubt be looking to join Daniel Negreanu, as the only players to win the the award twice.
Shaun Deeb's Best 2021 WSOP Finishes
|October 27||Event #53: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)||1st||$1,251,860|
|October 6||Event #14: $1,500 Seven Card Stud||5th||$18,475|
|October 25||Event #49: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship||12th||$20,165|
|October 30||Event #57: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship||13th||$16,552|
|October 24||Event #47: $5,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed||33rd||$10,000|
5. Ari Engel - 2,329.61 Pts
Rounding out the top five is Ari Engel, who won his second WSOP title in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $317,076.
Engel, who won his first bracelet in Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em at the 2019 WSOP, had to get through a field of 134 runners that included many of the biggest names in poker, including Erik Seidel, Mike Matusow, Shaun Deeb and Phil Hellmuth.
Further to this, he has one other final table appearance and a total of ten cashes this year. One career feat Engel is likely to pull off is recording a total of 200 WSOP cashes, the poker star currently sits on 199 following his in the money finish in Event #55: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold'em.
Ari Engel's Best 2021 WSOP Finishes
|October 4||Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship||1st||$317,076|
|October 25||Event #48: $1,500 SHOOTOUT No-Limit Hold'em||7th||$32,439|
|October 13||Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.||10th||$9,393|
|October 20||Event #39: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)||15th||$8,200|
|October 10||Event #21: $1,500 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Omaha Hi Lo 8 or Better; Big O||23rd||$5,627|
WSOP POY Previous Winners
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- 3 WSOP 2021 Main Event Satellites From $80 Hit GGPoker
- 4 WSOP 2021: Former Champ Chris Moneymaker Set to Miss This Year's WSOP
- 5 WSOP 2021: COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Players, Update on Staff
- 6 WSOP 2021: Best Hotels in Las Vegas
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- 8 WSOP 2021: Read Phil Ivey's Top WSOP Tips
- 9 WSOP 2021: 8 Things Poker Players Should Definitely Bring to the WSOP - and 2 You Shouldn't!
- 10 How to Enter the WSOP 2021 Freezeout Events
- 11 Is It Worth Playing Cash Games During the WSOP?
- 12 What Game Should You Pick in Dealer’s Choice?
- 13 What We've Learned from the First Week of the 2021 WSOP
- 14 Hands That Helped GGPoker Ambassador Jason Koon Win 1st WSOP Gold Bracelet
- 15 GGPoker Successfully Brings Online Flip & Go Concept to Live 2021 WSOP
- 16 Jason Koon, Connor Drinan Lead 2021 WSOP Player of the Year Race
- 17 Anthony Zinno in Exclusive One-Player Club Following Fourth WSOP Title
- 18 Looking Back At The Illustrious History of the Poker Players Championship
- 19 Phil Hellmuth Blows Up AGAIN; Rails Against WSOP POY Rules
- 20 Poker Fan Loses Job, Twitch Streamer Gifts Him WSOP Main Event Package
- 21 WSOP 2021: Are the Fields Tougher or Softer than Recent Years?
- 22 Doyle Brunson Treats Crowd to Surprise WSOP Return on Halloween
- 23 Spooktastic: Best & Worst Halloween Costumes from the 2021 WSOP
- 24 Phil Ivey NFT Launch Party a True 'What Happens in Vegas' Night
- 25 Poker Community Buys Man Facing Terminal Cancer into WSOP Main Event
- 26 Everything You Need to Know About the 2021 WSOP Main Event
- 27 WSOP Temporarily Goes on Lockdown Over Suspect's "Suspicious Item"
- 28 Did Phil Hellmuth's Sex Ban Lead to 1989 WSOP Main Event Glory?
- 29 Doyle Brunson Arrives; Defending Champ Salas Busts Before 1st Break of 2021 WSOP Main Event
- 30 Aces Cracked Leaves Kevin Campbell as the 2021 WSOP Main Event Bubble
- 31 Quads Vs. Quads Sends Chang Liu Home Near WSOP Main Event Bubble
- 32 The Muck: Mike "The Mouth" Matusow Wants to End Max Late Reg
- 33 Doyle Brunson Proves He Still Has it Despite WSOP Main Event Exit
- 34 Phil "Gandalf" Hellmuth Makes Grand Entrance in 2021 WSOP Main Event
- 35 Chris Moneymaker Makes Late Decision to Play WSOP Main Event
- 36 Who is GGPoker Ambassador and YouTube Vlogger 'Greg Goes All In?'
- 37 The Muck: Poker Twitter Debates Potential Angle-Shooting in WSOP Main Event
- 38 Nick Rigby Plays the 2-3 "Dirty Diaper" in 2021 WSOP Main Event
- 39 Is Josh Arieh Running Away with WSOP Player of the Year?
- 40 'Wedding Crashers' & 'Old School' Star Vince Vaughn to Join WSOP's Move to Strip in 2022
- 41 Eli Elezra Selected as 2021 Poker Hall of Fame Inductee
- 42 Master of Ceremonies Vince Vaughn Suffers Bad Beat in His First WSOP Tournament
- 43 Players Implement Covid Contract During WSOP $250K Super High Roller
- 44 How Much Money Did Players at the WSOP Main Event Final Table Really Make?
- 45 Phil Hellmuth Breaks WSOP Single Series Final Table Record
- 46 Daniel Negreanu's Most Mind-Boggling WSOP Stat at the Rio
- 47 Josh Arieh a Surprising 2021 WSOP Player of the Year Winner