Schulman Leads Ivey in WSOP POY Leaderboard Race

Jonathan
15 Jun 2024
Jonathan Raab 15 Jun 2024
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  • WSOP Player of the Year Update after 1/3 of Events Completed
  • Nick Schulman leads Ivey at top of POY Leaderboard
  • Several players now have 5 or more cashes
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Player of the Year Race at 2024 WSOP Hots Up

Just before the start of the 2024 World Series of Poker, Caesar’s Entertainment announced changes to the Player of the Year ranking system. Instead of it being a free-for-all in terms of how many events count towards each player’s overall score, now only the top ten cashes made by a player will count. 

Additionally, players require a minimum of five cashes to be eligible for a place on the leaderboard. Win three events and brick the rest, sorry pal, you’re not getting in!

The minimum of five cashes requirement meant that there wasn’t much to talk about for the first week or so of the series. The WSOP does publish a provisional list, which does not take into account whether the player has met the minimum threshold or not. 

Over the last few days however, a number of players have met the qualifying criteria, including most of the players on the provisional top ten. 

Provisional WSOP POY Leaderboard after 33/99 Events

Leading the way after 33 completed events is Nick Schulman, on 1,890.12pts. Schulman has cashed six times already at the 2024 WSOP, including winning his 5th bracelet after taking down the $25,000 NLH High Roller.

Not far behind, with seven cashes this year is Phil Ivey, whose win in the $10,00 2-7 Triple Draw was his 11th career bracelet. Ivey is ignited again to achieve in 2024 and has vowed to play the full series, making him a strong contender for the POY. He has never won the WSOP POY before.

Other multiple bracelet winners in the provisional top ten include Sean Troha, who has now won a bracelet every year for three years and Scott Seiver, who recorded his 5th career bracelet. Robert Mizrachi and John Racener have also won bracelets prior to 2024.

Sean Deeb has already cashed ten times but is just outside the top ten, in 11th place.

RankPlayerCountryPoints
1Nick SchulmanUnited States1890.12
2Phil IveyUnited States1755.26
3Sean TrohaUnited States1646.44
4Scott SeiverUnited States1605.26
5Malcolm TraynerAustralia1530.24
6Robert MizrachiUnited States1479.1
7Nicholas SewardUnited States1470.07
8John RacenerUnited States1463.39
9Darius SamualUnited Kingdom1444.59
10Evan SandbergUnited States1435.46

Should POY Race Include Categories?

The changes to the POY are welcome as it is always better to reward quality over quantity, but perhaps the system could be even more meaningful with the addition of separate categories for Hold’em, Omaha and Mixed Games and even a Championships Leaderboard that only includes the $10k events. 

The WSOP doesn’t add much in the way of prizes to the POY anyway, so it wouldn’t need to cost much in order to recognise the best players in each broad discipline. With 99 events on the schedule, there are now enough tournaments in each category for it to be meaningful.

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