As the World Series of Poker tournaments continue, players are ranked on three separate leaderboards for the title of ‘Player of the Year.’
In early May, US-born Paul Volpe was ranked as the lead POY contender with Bluff Magazine, CardPlayer Magazine, and the Global Poker Index. But Volpe was overtaken in two of the rankings by Canadian players, leaving him only at the top of the GPI leaderboard.
Daniel Negreanu, originally from Toronto, nicknamed “Real Kid Poker,” and Canada’s most recognizable poker star, became POY leader on both the Bluff and CardPlayer leaderboards. Negreanu’s ascension to POY leader was in large part due to his inaugural victory at the WSOP Asia-Pacific main event earlier this year. He nearly captured his sixth WSOP gold bracelet at the championship in Las Vegas earlier this month, finishing as runner-up in the $2,500 2-7 triple draw tournament. Negreanu also performed admirably in many cash tournaments.
However, Negreanu was soon overtaken himself on Bluff Magazine by fellow Canadian poker player Mike “SirWatts” Watson, who hails from St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador. Watson cashed in on eight separate tournaments during the WSOP tournament this season, and finished within the top 600 players of the WSOP Las Vegas main event – a tournament that began with over 6,300 different players.
As the current Bluff POY leader, Watson is ranked with 833 points, though Negreanu is close behind at 804. In contrast, Real Kid Poker is atop the CardPlayer leaderboard with 3,768 points, holding a comfortable lead over Volpe at 3,530 points. Watson rounds out the top five on CardPlayer magazine at 2,724 points.
Volpe remains atop the GPI leaderboard at 767 points, but both Canadian stars are closing in. Watson is currently ranked at 753 points, and Negreanu rounds out the top three at 731 points. The leaderboards will be finalized after the WSOP Europe concludes on October 25, and both Canadian players are expected to remain contenders for the titles.
If both Negreanu and Watson finish as players of the year, the honours would be a fitting end for what the WSOP already determined as the ‘Year of Canada.’