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Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em

The WSOP Player of the Year Race

Chad_Holloway • Level 5: 100-200, 0 ante

The Player of the Year race is a heated affair here in Cannes. We'll let the WSOP Media Guide tell the story of the WSOP POY and just why it's a big deal here in France:

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) instituted a Player of the Year system in 2004, once Harrah’s (now Caesars) took over the tournament.

The system awards points based on finish for all open bracelet events. Anyone who cashes in a WSOP gold bracelet event is awarded points. And the player with the most overall points is the winner of the WSOP Player of the Year. Bluff Magazine created and powers the formula used to determine the WSOP POY.

Adding the WSOP Player of the Year to your resume is one of the highest honors a poker player can achieve.

Typically, the individual who wins this award has multiple in-the-money finishes and at least a WSOP gold bracelet among those cashes. In fact, no player has won the award without at least capturing a WSOP gold bracelet.

The WSOP Player of the Year includes the seven gold bracelets awarded at WSOP Europe. This year’s winner has 65 events to compete in to qualify for the WSOP Player of the Year: 58 open events at the WSOP, and the seven up for grabs in Cannes, France at WSOPE.

Technically, Phil Ivey, with five final table appearances and 568.70 points, leads the 2012 WSOP Player of the Year standings. However, Greg Merson, who is amongst the finalists of the WSOP Main Event, has 481.13 points, plus he will earn an additional 100-500 points depending on where he finishes in Las Vegas. So Merson, if he doesn’t cash in any events at WSOP Europe and finishes ninth in the Main Event, will have 581.13 points. In a best case scenario, he will have 981.13 points for winning the WSOP Main Event.

The current WSOP Player of the Year standings can be found here.

Last year, it took until the Final Table of the WSOP Main Event to determine the winner. Ben Lamb beat out Phil Hellmuth for the crown.

2012 WSOP Player of the Year Standings Prior to WSOPE

1Phil Ivey568.70
2John Monnette524.25
3Antonio Esfandiari513.10
4David “ODB” Baker508.38
5Phil Hellmuth500.70
6Michael Mizrachi486.20
7Gregory Merson481.13
8Vanessa Selbst463.17
9Timothy Adams410.78
10Andy Frankenberger406.66

Wrong Call for O'Brien

Dan O'Brien
Dan O'Brien

With 7,000 in the pot and a board reading {9-Hearts}{2-Spades}{5-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}, a player in the small blind moved all in and put the pressure on Dan O'Brien, who was sitting with 4,000 on the button. O'Brien seemed perplexed by the bet and thought for awhile, oftentimes talking things out, before making the call.

The small blind then rolled over {9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} for a straight and O'Brien shook his head in disgust. "Good luck guys," he said as he collected his things and exited the tournament area.

Dan O'Brien us Busted

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Kuether on the Rise; Tran's Day is Done


With 2,500 in the pot and a board reading {K-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}, the player in the under-the-gun position bet 700 and received a call from Joe Kuether in the cutoff. The {Q-Diamonds} river saw the under-the-gun player slow down with a check, and then call when Kuether bet 1,200. The latter revealed {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades} for a rivered set, but it was no good against the {A-Clubs}{K-Spades} of Kuether.

Meanwhile, Henry Tran has been eliminated from the tournament.

Joe Kuether us 9,600 6,600
Henry Tran ca Busted

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Tran Runs Into the Goods


Back in the far corner, a big pot was brewing between Henry Tran and his opponent in the big blind. We picked up the action with around 3,500 in the pot and a board reading {8-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}. We didn't catch the exact action, but we do know Tran and his opponent got it all in, with the latter being at risk for approximately 3,900.

Tran: {5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}
Big Blind: {10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}

The table looked on in awe as Tran called for the {6-Diamonds}, his only out. The dealer did not oblige and put out a blank on the river. Tran, who you may recall from this year's broadcast of the WSOP on ESPN as the man who refused to show his cards to the hole cam and engaged Tournament Director Jack Effel in a debate, was left shaking his head and working with a stack of 4,000.

Henry Tran ca 4,000 -7,000

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Any-Two Cantu in the House


There are still about 50 minutes to register for this tournament, and one man who has taken advantage is Brandon "Any Two" Cantu. The two-time bracelet winner just sat down in Seat 7 at Table 1, the same table as Frenchman Alain Roy. Cantu has elected to wait until his big blind in lieu of posting.

Brandon Cantu us 3,000

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