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Stephen Chidwick, Shaun Deeb, and Cary Katz Lead POY Races

Now that the 2018 WSOP in Las Vegas has concluded along with various summer poker series, we now have an idea of the players that will be competing in various Player of the Year races. Stephen Chidwick is presently leading both the CardPlayer Player of the Year and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. In both, Jake Schindler and Justin Bonomo are the only players that appear to have a realistic chance to catch him.

Meanwhile, Shaun Deeb leads the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year race. There are players that can catch him, but they must play well at the 2018 WSOP Europe. Finally, Cary Katz leads the High Roller of the Year race, but it is still very early with the race not concluding until the middle of next year.

Chidwick in Contention For Both Major POY Races

Stephen Chidwick has been on a career-run in 2018 and now leads both the CardPlayer and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year races. However, his lead in both is nowhere near safe and only a single point separates him and second place.

Chidwick is presently leading the Global Poker Index POY race with 3,691.67 points, leading Justin Bonomo and Jake Schindler who have 3,660.28 and 3,569.71 points respectively. Summer runs by David Peters and Shaun Deeb have put them in striking distance but they are more than 320 points behind the leaders.

Over in the CardPlayer POY race, Chidwick leads by just a single point over Schindler with 7,303 points to 7,302 points. Justin Bonomo is presently third with 6,883 points. At this point, it is a three player race as fourth-place Jason Koon has just 4,922 points.

Chidwick has won over $7.93 million in live events in 2018 but has enjoyed the benefit of performing well in both standard and High Roller events. However, there’s still a lot of poker to play. Justin Bonomo is on a historic run in 2018 and it would be surprising to see him put together a few more scores to make a run at both POY titles.

Shaun Deeb Leads 2018 WSOP POY

Thanks to a revamped POY points system in 2018, the four best players at the 2018 WSOP are also the top four atop the POY. Shaun Deeb presently leads all players with 4,334.06 points and is the only player with more than 4,000 points.

Ben Yu made a late run in the 2018 WSOP and finished second with 3,746.04 points. Joe Cada’s fourth-place 2018 WSOP Main Event run coupled with winning two bracelets were good enough to earn him 3,531.86 for third. John Hennigan had an outstanding summer, winning a bracelet and snagging 3,499.91 points.

This year’s POY could go to the wire if any of those in second through fourth decide to go to the WSOP Europe. Even still, they have to perform well and maybe even win a bracelet to have a realistic shot to overthrow Deeb. That’s assuming Deeb doesn’t go to Rozvadov and continue to play well.

Regardless of what happens, Deeb has locked up a free seat into the 2018 WSOP-E Main Event, the prize for leading the WSOP POY after the Vegas series. Now we have to wait and see if he will add a POY banner to his accomplishments.

Cary Katz Leads High Roller of the Year

Cary Katz has enjoyed an awesome summer and through August has 11 cashes and one win High Roller events at ARIA. He leads Sam Soverel by 15 points in the High Roller of the Year rankings. Adrian Mateos is a distant 280 points behind, but it is still way too early to really be discussing this race.

The High Roller of the Year continues through all ARIA High Roller Series events for the rest of 2018 and all events leading up to the 2019 Super High Roller Bowl. Events at the 2018 Poker Masters and the 2019 US Poker Open will also count in the rankings.

The 2018 Poker Masters kicks off next month and it is likely that the leaderboard will change drastically. That’s assuming that Katz doesn’t continue his summer run and pad his lead.

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