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GPI WSOP Player of the Year: Max Pescatori Rises up the Ranks; Paul Volpe Still Leads

  • Mickey DoftMickey Doft
Max Pescatori

Last month, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the Global Poker Index (GPI) announced a partnership in which the GPI would "tabulate, power, and sponsor" the WSOP Player of the Year award. The race will last over the course of 74 events at the WSOP and WSOP Europe (Oct. 8-24 in Berlin, Germany).

To this point in the WSOP, 41 events have been completed and Paul Volpe still leads the way, having added a sixth-place showing in Event #37: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship to his excellent summer. His four deep runs in the $10,000 championship events carry a significant weight and have helped to extend his lead. Max Pescatori and Brian Hastings, despite having won two bracelets each this summer, sit fourth and fifth, respectively.

GPI WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 (as of June 23)

PlacePlayerTotal Score
1Paul Volpe1,631.59
2Phil Galfond1,305.10
3Mark Radoja1,299.01
4Max Pescatori1,270.19
5Brian Hastings1,264.03
6Olivier Busquet1,248.11
7Mike Gorodinsky1,240.08
8Thomas Butzhammer1,097.43
9Byron Kaverman1,097.28
10Eric Wasserson1,090.84

Below is a breakdown of each player's WSOP cashes and POY points received per event. Events in bold are recent additions from the past week of events.

1. Paul Volpe — 1,631.59

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #10: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship2 of 143$206,620423.03
Event #15: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship2 of 143$197,048412.05
Event #37: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship6 of 259$89,334373.03
Event #7: $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship12 of 109$22,110218.61
Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Eight-Handed36 of 493$11,515204.87

2. Phil Galfond — 1,305.10

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #29: $10,000 2-7 No-Limit Draw Lowball Championship1 of 77$224,383430.37
Event #7: $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship4 of 109$89,939327.46
Event #37: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship30 of 259$17,456213.57
Event #41: $10,000 Stud Hi-Low Championship16 of 111$18,426191.91
Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Millionaire Maker252 of 7,275$5,990141.79

3.Mark Radoja — 1,299.01

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #37: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship12 of 259$36,275304.36
Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Eight-Handed39 of 493$11,515198.60
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em36 of 422$11,523192.69
Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Millionaire Maker146 of 7,275$8,151164.80
Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout48 of 1,000$5,413128.03
Event #42: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Extended Play94 of 1,914$3,927127.07
Event #6: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Hyper Turbo62 of 1,436$3,89094.27
Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em110 of 2,150$2,41089.18

4. Max Pescatori — 1,270.19

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #41: $10,000 Stud Hi-Low Championship1 of 111$292,158466.61
Event #9: $1,500 Razz1 of 462$155,497258.70
Event #27: $10,000 Stud Championship8 of 91$28,031240.90
Event #36: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha45 of 978$5,692129.82
Event #39: $1,500 10-Game Mix Six-Handed32 of 380$2,990104.33
Event #6: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Hyper Turbo140 of 1,436$2,01669.84

5. Brian Hastings — 1,264.03

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #27: $10,000 Stud Championship1 of 91$239,518446.92
Event #39: $1,500 10-Game Mix Six-Handed1 of 380$133,403250.46
Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold'em Six-Handed7 of 319$21,684240.46
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em29 of 422$11,523209.62
Event #12: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed104 of 1,651$3,610116.57

6. Olivier Busquet — 1,248.11

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #37: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship8 of 259$65,125344.53
Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Millionaire Maker3 of 7,275$589,569328.61
Event #10: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship12 of 143$26,490245.51
Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Eight-Handed32 of 493$13,578214.09
Event #12: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed107 of 1,651$3,610115.37

7. Mike Gorodinsky — 1,240.08

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed3 of 550$246,867407.96
Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship2 of 103$167,517390.52
Event #27: $10,000 Stud Championship9 of 91$23,463229.23
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em28 of 422$11,523212.37

8. Thomas Butzhammer — 1,097.43

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #41: $10,000 Stud Hi-Low Championship6 of 111$51,022289.09
Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship14 of 103$19,654197.73
Event #35: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.18 of 376$7,903191.34
Event #28: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack133 of 7,192$8,155168.25
Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold'em27 of 660$6,076134.77
Event #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.49 of 772$3,522116.25

9. Byron Kaverman — 1,097.28

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #37: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship1 of 259$657,351550.56
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em9 of 422$37,030301.22
Event #10: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship12 of 143$26,490245.51

10. Eric Wasserson — 1,090.84

EventPlacePrizePOY Points
Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship10 of 103$26,557231.06
Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low13 of 480$14,833227.21
Event #13: $2,500 Omaha Hi-Low/Stud Hi-Low19 of 474$7,850184.93
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha H-Low18 of 918$9,220165.78
Event #39: $1,500 10-Game Mix Six-Handed8 of 380$12,163162.78
Event #23: $1,500 2-7 No-Limit Draw Lowball13 of 219$3,858119.08

*Numbers obtained from the Global Poker Index.

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