"Johnny World" in first, Shaun Deeb in second as leaders separate from chasing pack


Las Vegas, NV (4 July 2018) -- John Hennigan has retaken the lead in the latest roundup of the 2018 World Series of Poker's Player of the Year race, with five weeks of action and nearly 60 points-eligible bracelet events now in the books. With another solid week, including a seventh-place, final-table showing in the $10,000 Razz Championship, "Johnny World" has surged past last week's leader, Shaun Deeb.

Philadelphia native Hennigan picked up 564.33 POY points since last week's update, moving him to a total of 3,130.76. That includes the 304.2 points he picked up in the razz championship, 209.7 points for placing 16th in Event #63: $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em High Roller, plus another small cash.

It's been a big week for Hennigan, the five-time WSOP bracelet winner who was also named as a finalist, for the first time, for possible election into the Poker Hall of Fame.

Hennigan's latest surge pushed him more than 350 points clear of last week's leader, Deeb  Deeb, the New York State native and current Las Vegas pro, picked up two cashes himself -- both on the same day, no less -- to climb to 2,769.11 points for the summer, less than a final-table appearance's worth of points behind Hennigan. 

The rest of the top ten in this week's top ten has also been jumbled, though the gap between Hennigan, Deeb, and the rest of the top ten continues to expand. Jumping up from sixth to third this week is Wisconsin native and current Vegas pro Eric Baldwin, whose solid Week 5 has boosted him to 2,309.06. Baldwin picked up three cashes this week, giving him nine for the summer, including scores in two online bracelet events. Baldwin took 30th in the online high-roller, shortly after placing 17th in Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Championship.

Just behind Baldwin, with 2,294.28 POY points, is Toronto, Ontario's Mike Leah. Leah was ninth a week ago but jumped several spots with two recent cashes, with most of his recent points coming from a fourth-place effort in the $10,000 razz championship.

Returning to the top ten this week and jumping all the way up to fifth is France's Julien Martini. Martini's breakout 2018 WSOP included a third-place finish in the razz championship worth 456.4 points. Martini added a 25th-place showing in Event #60, $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, to boost his summer's total to 2,096.31.

Sliding from third to sixth this week is another New York native, Elio Fox, The Week 1 leader held steady with his 2,010.14 points to date.

The Czech Republic's Mario Prats Garcia, slid a couple of spots this week, from fifth to seventh, but did climb over the 2,000-point plateau. Prats Garcia's latest cash, the sixth of his Series so far, came in Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed - $888,888 Guaranteed 1st Place. Prats Garcia now has 2,005.73 points.

Eighth in this week's top ten is Paul Volpe, who picked up over 200 points for his own 11th-place effort in the $10,000 razz championship, but was still pushed back one spot by Baldwin's and Martini's superior week. Volpe is at 1,935.94, just ahead of Justin Liberto's 1,913.44. Liberto returned to the top ten with two more cashes, including a seventh-place, 314.5-point showing in the online high-roller tourney.

Slipping from fourth to tenth this week is Chicago's Scott Bohlman, who added nearly 120 POY points in recent days to bump his total to 1,895.69. At last update, however, Bohlman has reached the final three in the ongoing Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Bohlman is already guaranteed 466.4 points for making the final three, and a possible second bracelet win for him this summer would boost him all the way to second, behind Hennigan.

The 2018 WSOP Player of the Year chase runs through the WSOP and WSOP Europe slates this summer and fall. This includes 72 "open" bracelet events in Las Vegas, plus bracelet events at WSOP Europe at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, which will be held October 9 through November 2, 2018. A half-dozen special events on the Las Vegas WSOP schedule are not eligible for POY points consideration. Those events are the Casino Employees, Seniors, Super Seniors, Ladies, Tag Team, Big One for One Drop, and the Global Casino Championship.

The WSOP also provides an interactive calculator to display estimated points for any particular event. (Official points earned will be listed on the results page for each event, and may differ slightly.) Click here for more information on the 2018 POY formula.

The top ten players in the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year race to date:

1 -- John Hennigan 3,130.76
2 -- Shaun Deeb 2,769.11 
3 -- Eric Baldwin 2,309.06
4 -- Mike Leah 2,294.28
5 -- Julien Martini 2,096.31
6 -- Elio Fox 2,010.14
7 -- Mario Prats Garcia 2,005.73
8 -- Paul Volpe 1,935.94
9 -- Justin Liberto 1,913.44
10 -- Scott Bohlman 1,895.69