Daniel Negreanu Emerges as Early Leader in WSOP Player of the Year Race

Daniel Negreanu

The 2013 World Series of Poker is still over five weeks away, but the WSOP Player of the Year Race is already off to a fast start. That’s because the five events from the recently completed WSOP Asia-Pacific awarded points to the leaderboard. Thanks to a bracelet win and another final table, Daniel Negreanu is the early frontrunner who sits atop the leaderboard with 408.4 points.

Current 2013 WSOP POY Leader Board

1stDaniel Negreanu408.4
2ndDaniel Marton252
3rdBryan Piccioli190
4thWinfred Yu180
5thAaron Lim162.50
6thGeorge Tsatsis158.40
7thJonathan Karamalikis141.13
8thKahle Burns136.80
9thJames Collopy130
10thBenny Spindler118.80

Negreanu, who won the WSOP POY title back in 2004 after winning a bracelet, making five final tables and notching six cashes for $346,280, pulled out in front with a lead of 156.4 points. According to Kevin Mathers, manager of poker information for BLUFF, which powers the WSOP Player of the Year formula, Negreanu earned 48.4 points for a fourth-place finish in the AU$2,200 Mixed Game Event and 360 points for his win in the WSOP APAC Main Event, which also gave him his fifth bracelet and AUD$1,038,825 in prize money. Needless to say, that all made “Kid Poker” quite happy.

Negreanu looks to become the first-ever two-time WSOP POY champion:

YearPlayerBraceletsFinal TablesCashesWinnings
2004Daniel Negreanu156$346,280
2005Allen Cunningham145$1,006,935
2006Jeff Madsen244$1,467,852
2007Tom Schneider233$416,829
2008Erick Lindgren135$1,348,528
2009Jeffrey Lisandro346$807,521
2010Frank Kassela236$1,255,314
2011Ben Lamb145$5,352,970
2012Greg Merson234$9,775,180

You can follow the 2013 WSOP POY race throughout the summer with PokerNews, which will be the exclusive live reporting team for the 2013 WSOP.

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