We are now passed what is known as the unofficial halfway point of the World Series of Poker despite there still being a month to go. This is due to more than half of the bracelets having been handed out already, though many of the bigger and more illustrious events are still yet to come.
What this has meant is that the WSOP Player of the Year race is now starting to shape up with there already being a couple of players that have pulled out in front of the rest of the players. These two are PokerStars Team Pro George Danzer and Justin Bonomo.
The latter had been leading that race until very recently when Danzer overtook him to take pole position. This was due to Danzer having two deep runs in both the $2.5k Omaha/Seven Card Stud and $10k NLHE Six-Handed event.
This charge by Danzer even seems to have Bonomo a little rattled as both players trade blows in this year’s WSOP P.O.Y race. Danzer again outscored his opponent by storming into the lead in the $10k Seven Card Hi/Lo Championship whilst Bonomo failed to cash.
Bleh, busted in 27th in the 10k Stud 8 (not ITM) and my PoY competitor George Danzer has all the chips. I hope he wins so I can stop caring!
— Justin Bonomo (@JustinBonomo) June 19, 2014
Danzer so far has won one bracelet this year and has managed a fifth place, ninth place and a cash after another deep run and is now leading the $10k Seven Card Draw Hi/Lo with just 13 players remaining. Bonomo on the other hand has also recorded a win, a runner up finish, and a cash in the $10k HORSE event.
It is still early days however and not many players that are at the top at this stage actually carry the momentum on to win the WSOP Player of the Year. Daniel Negreanu did it last year after leading at this stage during the WSOP, yet that was down to the WSOP ACOP being played out before the series instead of in November this year.
In fact Negreanu who is currently sitting in 24th position could actually shoot right to the top of the Player of the Year rankings with just win, which shows just how close things are right now. There are actually a number of players that could hit the top after a strong performance including Vanessa Selbst, JC Tran, Brandon Shack-Harris and Joe Dimmig.