Brandon Shack-Harris and George Danzer are neck in neck for the 2014 World Series of Poker Player of the Year title, and the race has really taken center stage in Melbourne, Australia, during the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific.
Both players reached the money in the first event, but it was Danzer who got off to the better start with a very deep run to take the lead in the Player of the Year race. His lead was short-lived, though, as Shack-Harris retook the lead after making the final table in the fourth event. It was in that fourth event that Shack-Harris earned enough points to put himself back in front by 44.5 points, but Danzer wasn't done.
In the sixth event, Danzer reached the final table and took sixth place, good enough to earn 36.3 Player of the Year points and move to 798.5 overall. That moved him just 8.2 points behind Shack-Harris, but there's still a lot of points up for grabs in this AU$5,000 8-Game Mixed event — the eighth event of the festival.
Currently, Shack-Harris leads with 806.7 points to Danzer's 798.5.
In order to earn WSOP Player of the Year points, a player must reach the money of an event. In the case for the AU$5,000 8-Game Mixed event, that will be the top six. Just reaching the final six will earn Danzer a minimum of 41.25 points, and there are 125 points up top for the winner, which could really help to put some breathing room between Danzer and Shack-Harris with just two events left on the WSOP Asia-Pacific schedule.
Those two final events are the AU$10,000 Main Event and the AU$25,000 High Roller that will close out the series. With 150 points and 225 points going to the winner in each of those events, respectively, and plenty of other points to be won by finishing in the money, the race couldn't be more interesting. It's definitely the top story coming from inside Crown Melbourne, and it's getting hotter by the minute!