Deeb Currently 850 Points Ahead of Ben Yu

Published on October 20th, 2018 4:50 pm EST

The Player of the Year race is on for 2018.  The current leader, and by a stretch, is Shaun Deeb.The first four bracelet events of the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe in Rozvadov, Czech Republic are now in the books.

Heading into the WSOPE, one of the biggest stories was the WSOP Player of the Year race.

Shaun Deeb posted some amazing results in Las Vegas this past summer, vaulting himself to the top of the POY race. Deeb enjoyed many deep runs this past summer, two of which resulted in bracelet wins (Event #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 NLHE 6-Handed Championship, Event #42: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller).

Deeb, who is always up for a challenge, elected to travel to Europe to try to cinch up the Player of the Year title. For a player who has won millions of dollars over the past couple of months, the prize for winning the POY race isn't that great (the person at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the WSOPE wins a free entry to the 2019 World Series of Poker main event). Instead, this is a pride thing for Deeb, who wants to add this title to his growing collection.


Things are off to a great start for Deeb in Europe, as he has managed to grow his lead over the likes of Ben Yu and Joe Cada.

Deeb already has two cashes in the Czech Republic, as he finished in 11th place in the €1,650 Deepstack for €4,640, and in 38th place in the €550 PLO 8-Handed for €1,224.

Thanks to Deeb's two cashes, the top of the WSOP POY leaderboard now looks like this:

1. Shaun Deeb, 4,592.46
2. Ben Yu, 3,746.04
3. Joe Cada, 3,531.86
4. John Hennigan, 3,499.91
5. Scott Bohlman, 3,155.88


Deeb's lead is looking pretty safe at this point, as somebody will have to get very hot in order to catch him.


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