By Matt Kaufman, Rakeback.com Poker News Editor
The 2012 World Series of Poker is far from over (make sure to qualify soon!), but we've reached the point in the series where some players are beginning to stand out as potential Player of the Year winners.
Yesterday we reported that Event #24, a $5,000 buy-in Omaha Hi/Lo tournament, reached a final table full of top poker pros. The event finished for the evening and will resume today with just 2 players - Joe Cassidy and Scotty Nguyen.
Although Nguyen winning his 6th WSOP bracelet would certainly be notable, it is perhaps more noteworthy that Phil Ivey finished the event in 3rd place. Ivey has reached a remarkable 3 final tables this week, with the following finishes:
• Event #15 - $5,000 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo - 7th place for $34,595
• Event #17 - $10,000 PLHE - 2nd place for $275,559
• Event #24 - $5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo - 3rd place for $136,046
Those 3 results (and one more less significant cash) place Ivey on top of the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard despite him not winning a bracelet - yet. At the time of writing Ivey has already taken his seat in Event #28, the first ever 4-handed No Limit Hold'em tournament at the World series.
1 - Phil Ivey (383.55 points)
2 - Andrew Frankenberger (372.16 points)
3 - John Monnette (310.50 points)
4 - Brian Hastings (303.00 points)
5 - Ashkan Razavi (274.06 points)
6 - Aubin Cazals (251.00 points)
7 - Michael Gathy (250.00 points)
8 - Clifford Goldking (240.00 points)
9 - Phil Hellmuth (240.00 points)
10 - Simon Charette (237.50 points)
Although Ivey is widely considered the world's best poker player, all of the others on the list (and many more) will certainly be gunning for him to take home the title of 2012 World Series of Poker Player of the Year for themselves. Rakeback.com will keep a close eye on the POY race, and we'll be sure to report on any major updates.
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