They say a man with a focus goal is unstoppable and it certainly seems that way for Anthony Zinno who has been on a tear at the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP). Zinno had a couple of cashouts during the first couple of weeks of the WSOP but then started to have a really good run when he ended up winning the $10,000 Seven Card Stud for $182,872.
Zinno Wins Second Bracelet
Zinno followed up with another WSOP bracelet when he won the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. on Oct 15 and took home another 6 figure payout collecting $160,636. Zinno who lives in Las Vegas now has over $10.6 million in career prize money. He is also the first player to win two gold bracelets at the 2021 WSOP.
Winning the second bracelet just two weeks into the 2021 WSOP was special for Zinno for a number of reasons. The win made him the first poker player in history to have 3 World Poker Tour (WPT) titles and 4 WSOP bracelets. He now has over $3 million in winnings from WPT events and more than $4 million in prize money from WSOP events.
Only an elite list of players have these earnings across WPT and WSOP events. The list of elite players includes three members of the Poker Hall of Fame (PHoF) in Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey. The other players to have achieved this feature include J.C Tran and Antonio Esfandiari.
Zinno finds himself in elite company and makes a strong case for him to be inducted into the PHoF as he meets the PHoF age criteria for nomination from this year onwards. He may not be inducted into the PHoF immediately but as he continues to add to his list of WSOP and WPT accomplishments, he makes a very strong case for being in the PHoF.
Dream To Win WSOP POY
The top poker pros in the world tend to set goals for themselves, make it public so that they can be held accountable. We know Daniel Negreanu tends to do this and then tick off what goals he met at the end of the year. We don’t know if Zinno has a list of goals because it hasn’t been made public but Ryan Leng disclosed on Twitter that prior to the 2021 WSOP commencing, Zinno confided in him that he wanted to win the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year (POY) award.
GGPoker ambassador Jason Koon was leading the WSOP POY leaderboard two weeks into live poker tournament and Connor Drinan was in the second place. Zinno’s fantast run in the last few days cause him to shoot up the leaderboard and knock Koon from first place.
Zinno currently sits in first place with 2,127.07 points while Koon is in second place and has some catching up to do as he has 1,666.20 points. For now, it looks like Zinno is quite comfortable at the top of the list and a few more big wins or consistent final table finishes will help him move close to finishing at the top and winning the 2021 WSOP POY.
Phil Hellmuth Chasing 16th WSOP Bracelet
Phil Hellmuth has had his moments at the 2021 WSOP with multiple cashouts and final table finishes but that 16th WSOP gold bracelet continues to elude him. Hellmuth made headlines when he was at a final table playing with Zinno. He launched into one of his infamous abusive rants that caused quite a stir on social media and forced the PHoF to issue multiple apologies.