WSOP POY: John Hennigan to 3rd with Poker Players Championship Win

John Hennigan soared to 3rd place in the WSOP POY standings. (Photo by Drew Amato)

John Hennigan soared to 3rd place in the WSOP POY standings. (Photo by Drew Amato)

George Danzer remained in the lead in the 2014 World Series of Poker Player of the Year standings powered by BLUFF, but Brandon Shack-Harris improved his point total to move within striking distance of the lead. John Hennigan, William Givens and Jesse Martin joined the top ten spots with Series-defining performances.

Danzer improved his score just enough to keep ahead of Shack-Harris with a pair of small cashes. He took 48th in the $1,500 Ante Only event for 9 POY points and then 10 POY points  for 44th place in the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event. If not for those two scores, Danzer would have only had a 0.20 point lead.

Shack-Harris continued to be the story of the WSOP with huge score in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. He finished runner-up for 252 POY points and $937,975. It was his third six-figure cash at the this year’s Series and he has one win, two runner-ups and one third place in his four cashes for $1,404,099.

Hennigan won his third career WSOP bracelet in the prestigious $50,000 PPC for 360.00 POY points and $1,517,767. He final tabled the 2013 PPC and finished in third place for $686,568. The win was his third cash of the summer – his first was a runner-up finish in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for 161 POY points and $319,993.

Givens found himself in the rankings after an impressive back-to-back $1,000 NLHE final tables. His first final table run saw him finish in fourth place for $84,680 and 96.80 POY points and then he followed that up with a bracelet win for $306,634 and 220 POY points. Givens had two other cashes this WSOP with a 55th place finish in a $2,500 NLHE event and a 19th place finish in the $5,000 Six Max NLHE event.

Martin has had a steady WSOP with seven cashes to give him 532.88 total points. His largest single score was a third place finish in the $50,000 PPC for 180 POY points and $594,570. His Series has seen him cash in four different disciplines – NLHE, 8 Game Mix in the PPC, Dealer’s Choice and Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo.

WSOP Player of the Year Standings (as of Event #54)

  1. George Danzer – 745.20 (-)
  2. Brandon Shack-Harris – 726.00 (-)
  3. John Hennigan – 532.88 (NR)
  4. Justin Bonomo – 413.63 (-1)
  5. Brock Parker – 406.25 (-1)
  6. Richard Ashby – 400.05 (-1)
  7. Calvin Anderson – 398.20 (-1)
  8. William Givens – 367.30 (NR)
  9. JC Tran – 338.10 (-2)
  10. Jesse Martin – 337.00 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Kory Kilpatrick (8th), Jonathan Dimmig (9th), Alex Bilokur (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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