New York, NY's Fox claims a bracelet and a runner-up finish to lead the 2018 WSOP's POY chase through the first half dozen points events.


Las Vegas, NV (5 June 2018) -- New York's Elio Fox has taken the first week's lead in the 2018 World Series of Poker's annual Player of the Year race through the first six points-awarding events on the summer slate.

Fox took down the win in the first open event on the WSOP's 2018 summer slate, Event #2, $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty, then followed that up with a runner-up finish in Event #5: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller. Fox's Event #2 triumph was worth 1,108.8 POY points, while the Event #2 showing brought another 634.9, for a total of 1,743.65.

That total is nearly 470 points better than the current second-place player, 2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada. Cada's strong opening week at the WSOP featured his win in Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, plus a final-table effort in Event #2.

Those two cashes by Cada were enough to push him just ahead of the first week's #3, Nick Petrangelo. Petrangelo took down the win in the Event #5 $100,000 high roller, earning 1269.75 points, the largest single-event points tally of the early events.

Fourth, fifth, and sixth spots are occupied by other early event winners, reflecting the bonus points offered for bracelet wins. France's Julien Martini claimed gold in Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, and that showing made Martini the fourth player to top the 1,000-point mark in the first week's action. Just under that 1,000-point mark are William Reymond and Johannes Becker, the respective winners of Event #10: $365 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em and Event #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball.

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 11 through November 2, 2018. A half-dozen special events on the Las Veas 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 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 -- Elio Fox 1,743.65
2 -- Joe Cada 1,274.68
3 -- Nick Petrangelo 1,269.75
4 -- Julien Martini 1,026.20
5 -- William Reymond 996.82
6 -- Johannes Becker 960.14
7 -- Bryn Kenney 697.91
8 -- Danny Wong 648.75
9 -- Aymon Hata 571.39
10 -- Paul Volpe 562.44