Although Daniel Negreanu still maintains his position at the top of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Player of the Year leader board, the other nine players below him have been unable to maintain the same positions.
Negreanu remains at the top of the leader board because he became the champion of the WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event this April and won two of his total five cash prizes in various WSOP Las Vegas events last week. Tom Schneider trails behind Negreanu although he finished in the cash seven times in various WSOP 2013 events because he won cash only once last week.
The top 10 players of the WSOP 2013 Player of the Year leader board are as follows. The top player is Daniel Negreanu (470.53 points). The second, third, fourth, and fifth players are Tom Schneider (438.51 points), David Baker (414.10 points), Jared Hamby (368.73 points), and Dan Kelly (344.70 points), respectively. The sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth players are Jason Duval (328.85 points), Mark Radoja (327.75 points), Erick Lindgren (323.51 points), Jesse Martin (318.38 points), and Scott Clements (303.50 points), respectively.
Dan Kelly fell from the third to the fifth place this week. Although Kelly did extremely well at the beginning of the WSOP, winning cash prizes eight times during the first three weeks, he did not finish in the cash after that. This enabled two players to overtake him.
Baker captured Kelly’s place because he finished as the runner-up of WSOP Event $43, a $10k buy-in NL 2-7 Draw Lowball tournament. Baker finished in the cash six times this WSOP season, turning up at the final table four times. Jared Hamby, the other player who overtook Kelly, won a bracelet in WSOP Event #40, a $1,500 buy-in NL Hold’em tournament. Players Jesse Martin and Erick Lindgren got the ninth and eighth places, respectively, because they won WSOP bracelets last week.
Jason Duval, who was in the 10th position last week, managed to reach the sixth spot because he ended up as the finalist a few days after winning the first WSOP gold bracelet of his poker career.
Players still have a chance to compete for the top place on the leader board because WSOP Las Vegas has around 20 events left besides the One Drop High Rollers tournament and the Main Event. POY points will also be awarded for player performance in the WSOP Europe, which will be held in October.