A little over a week has gone by since we posted the most recent update of the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year rankings and there’s a new name at the top: Upeshka De Silva. Dan Zack drops a few spots but remains in strong contention along with Scott Clements while Shaun Deeb surges up to add fuel to the fire that is his POY title defense.
The new leader in one of the most prestigious leaderboards of the year, De Silva, jumped into the lead by winning the $600 WSOP.com Online Knockout for $98,263 just days after finishing third in the $3,000 6-Max for $172,658. In total, De Silva now has six cashes, one short of his career-best back in 2016.
With plenty of big Championship events left to be played, Shaun Deeb has surged into seventh place on the current standings. Deeb finished second in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice event for $193,090 to Adam Friedman and along with six other cashes he’s now within one big final table of taking the lead.
To date, a total of 35 gold bracelets have been awarded without a double winner just yet. The player who came closest so far is Robert Campbell who took down the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw after already having finished fifth in the $10,000 Omaha Eight-or-Better Split event and eighth in the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice.
Notable mixed game players just outside the Top 10 and within a win of the lead are Ben Yu (17th), Greg Mueller (18th), Phillip Hui (26th), and Jake Schwartz (29th).
Stay tuned to Poker Central for almost daily updates of the biggest movers on the 2019 Player of the Year race. Watch the final table of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event on CBS All Access and the following day many of the Player of the Year hopefuls will clash at the final table of the $10,000 Stud Championship event on PokerGO.