WSOP POY: George Danzer Extends Lead with Second Bracelet Win

George Danzer holds a comfortable lead in the WSOP POY race. (Photo by Drew Amato)

George Danzer holds a comfortable lead in the WSOP POY race. (Photo by Drew Amato)

The 2014 World Series of Poker has 44 events in the books and there a few important events remaining on the schedule to determine the WSOP Player of the Year. George Danzer is securely in the lead with a 250 point cushion.

Brandon Shack-Harris moved into second place with another final table while Justin Bonomo, Brock Parker and Richard Ashby have about a dozen points separating third through fifth place. Calvin Anderson, Kory Kilpatrick and Alex Bilokur all entered the top ten in the standings.

Danzer began his WSOP with a fifth place finish in the $10,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw event and then won the $10,000 Razz event for his first bracelet. He added a few more points with a 39th place finish in the Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event and is the only player to win multiple bracelets this year.

Danzer added two huge scores in the past week – first he just missed out on the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em final table with a ninth place finish for $49,061 for 75 POY points. Danzer’s hot streak continued and he claimed his second bracelet in the Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship for $352.696 and 270 POY points. He bested a stacked final table that had John Racener, Anderson, Brian Hastings and Jeff Lisandro.

Shack-Harris has seven career WSOP cashes dating back to 2011 and three of them have come in the past couple weeks. He had a breakout performance in the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event where he won his first bracelet for 200 POY points and $205,634.Next he played second fiddle to Danzer with a runner-up finish in the Razz Championship for 189 POY points and $182,155. He then put his limit game skills to use and finished in third place in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em for 85 POY points and $120,501. Nearly 75% of Shack-Harris’ career earnings have come in the 2014 WSOP.

Anderson has had little problem transitioning his online game to the live felt of the WSOP with five cashes in the 2014 WSOP so far. He won his first bracelet in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event over accomplished players like Joe Tehan, Melissa Burr and Jimmy Fricke. Anderson put together two other final table runs – eighth place in the $10,000 HORSE event and third place in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event.

Kilpatrick won his first bracelet in the $3,000 NLH Shootout event at a table with Eric Wasserson, Chris Bell, Phil Galfond and Taylor Paur. Following his big win he cashed in two straight $5,000 events – the Six Max NLH and the PLO Six Max event. He laddered up in the PLO event for a third place finish for $217,113 and 120 POY points

Bilokur also won his first career bracelet this year in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event for $398,567 and 292.50 POY points. He then picked up two more small cashes in the $5,000 Six Max NLH event and a $1,000 NLH event.

WSOP Player of the Year Standings (as of Event #44)

  1. George Danzer – 726.20 (-)
  2. Brandon Shack-Harris – 474.00 (+2)
  3. Justin Bonomo – 413.63 (-1)
  4. Brock Parker – 406.25 (-1)
  5. Richard Ashby – 400.05 (-)
  6. Calvin Anderson – 398.20 (NR)
  7. JC Tran – 338.10 (-)
  8. Kory Kilpatrick – 333.00 (NR)
  9. Jonathan Dimmig – 323.00 (-3)
  10. Alex Bilokur – 316.25 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Chris Wallace (8th), Vanessa Selbst (9th), Pierre Milan (10th)

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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