Fox Currently Sits Almost 500 Points Ahead of Second Place Joe Cada

Published on June 5th, 2018 5:53 pm EST

The Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Night shot.  Just off the strip.Elio Fox is off to a strong start in the race for the 2018 World Series of Poker Player of the Year trophy, as he has amassed a total of 1,743.65 points so far.

The World Series of Poker POY race is spread out over the World Series of Poker and World Series of Poker Europe. This includes 72 bracelet events in Las Vegas and another number of bracelet events at the WSOPE, which runs from October 11th to November 2nd. A handful of events, such as the Big One for One Drop and Casino Employees tournament, are excluded from the calculations.

The player who is leading the POY race at the conclusion of the WSOP will receive a free entry into the World Series of Poker Europe main event. The player who is at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the WSOPE will receive a free entry to the 2019 World Series of Poker main event, as well as the WSOP POY trophy.

These are nice prizes, though the real motivation for many players are the side bets that are made. In some cases, these POY and bracelet sidebets can total into the hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars.


The early frontrunner this year is Elio Fox, who currently sits with a total of 1,743.65 points. Joe Cada is #2 with 1,274.68 points, while Nick Petrangelo sits in the third spot with 1,269.75 points.

Elio Fox managed to win the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty event for $393,693, and followed this up with a second place finish in the $100,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller tournament for $1,798,658. This was Fox's second lifetime WSOP bracelet and puts him over $4.2 million in total lifetime WSOP cashes.

Joe Cada, who won the 2009 World Series of Poker main event for over $8.5 million, won the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout for over $226k. Just a few days earlier, Cada reached the final table of the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty event, eventually finishing in 9th place.


The biggest names in poker, including the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey, haven't done much at this year's World Series of Poker as of yet, though there is still plenty of time for them to make an impact.


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