New York's Fox claims adds two cashes to early successes to stay atop POY standings.


Las Vegas, NV (13 June 2018) -- New York City's Elio Fox remains atop the 2018 World Series of Poker Player of the year standings as the WSOP's summer slate of events is roughly one fourth into the books.

Since our first weekly update, Fox has added two modest cashes to his dominating first week, when he took down Event #2, $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty, and added a runner-up finish in Event #5: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller. This week, Fox added a matched pair of 92nd-place showings in two big-field offerings, Event #21, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Millionaire Maker and Event #25, $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better.

Both of those events remain in progress, yet the roughly 250 points Fox has been credited pushed him just over the 2,000-point plateau, to 2,010.14.

Fox's POY lead has been trimmed over the past week, but just slightly. There's a new second-place player as well, in Paul Volpe. West Chester, Pennsylvania's Volpe was in 10th place a week ago, but took down Event #9, $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, then added a cash in Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship to climb the POY ranks. Volpe sits at 1,671 points as of this update, about 340 behind Fox.

Volpe's surge pushed him just ahead of last week's number-two player, 2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada. Cada, who won Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, also added two cashes this week, in the Millionaire Maker and in another ongoing tourney, Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. Cada's 1,594.19 POY points are less than 80 behind Volpe at this early stage. Cada's five cashes to date this summer have him tied for the lead in that category as well.

Also sliding one spot in the standings, from third to fourth, is Nick Petrangelo. Petrangelo's triumph in Event #5 $100,000 No-Limit High Roller was worth 1,269.75 points, and that single cash has him still holding on to fourth.

All ten players in this week's POY top ten have captured bracelet gold already this summer, and that includes this week's fifth-place player, Roberly Felicio. Brazil's Felicio claimed his gold -- and a million-dollar payday -- in Event #7: COLOSSUS - $565 No-Limit Hold'em. Felicio's triumph over a gigantic 13,070-entry field was also worth 1,264.5 POY points, placing him fifth overall this update.

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 -- Elio Fox 1,743.65
2 -- Paul Volpe 1,274.68
3 -- Joe Cada 1,269.75
4 -- Nick Petrangelo 1,026.20
5 -- Roberly Felicio 996.82
6 -- Craig Varnell 960.14
7 -- Julien Martini 697.91
8 -- Justin Bonomo 648.75
9 -- Jeremy Wien 571.39
10 -- Ognyan Dimov 562.44