Poker Pros In Contention For The 2019 WSOP Player Of The Year Title


While there are thousands of players who register to for the 2019 WSOP bracelet events, we have an eye on a few of them who have a strong chance of becoming the Player of the Year. Here’s a look at the list!

Chris Ferguson

Whether you like it or not, this poker pro will be in the midst of all the action this summer. He already has the Player of the Year 2017 title and in addition came back in 2018 and recorded 23 cashes. With the sheer volume of the games he plays it’s hard to not see him with a podium finish.

Paul Volpe

This pro may not have 23 cashes, but his consistency in high-stakes events and a few final table finishes make him a force to reckon with. We hope to see him at a few mid-stakes tournaments to win POY.

Daniel Negreanu

This poker pro is probably everyone’s favourite to win. He’s probably one of the best players who plays nearly every event. We hope him tying the knot won’t come in the way of his performance on the felts. He certainly has his eyes on the third POY title, after his 2004 and 2013 victories, making him the only two time winner.

Shaun Deeb

Similar to any sport, the felts have to be concerned with the motivation of the defending champion. Crowned Player of the Year last year after winning two gold bracelets, we hope he does the unthinkable, win two POY titles back-to-back!

Brian Hastings

This pro is a four-time bracelet winner who cashed seven times last year. What makes him so favorable for the title is that he can win big in both high and lower stakes tournaments.

Wild Cards

Alex Foxen

The 2018 GPI Player of the Year is one of the most skilled poker players in the world. We hope to see him grind out a few lower buy-in tournaments if he wants to win the POY title.

Brandon Shack-Harris

Shack-Harris is one of the most underrated tournament players. He has over $3.2 million in lifetime live tournament earnings and two WSOP bracelets. We hope to see him put in enough volume and get closer to his POY title.

John Hennigan

The 2018 Poker Hall of Fame inductee had arguably his best summer last year. John won a bracelet and made three final tables within a week. We hope to see the consistency this year too!

John Racener

Racener has averaged 15.5 cashes in the past two years. That’s great news if you’re betting on him to win POY. However, most of those are just small cashes. But he certainly is capable of hitting the big score as witnessed by his 2010 Main Event runner-up finish.

Ryan Laplante

Ryan Laplante is as motivated as anyone. He’s going to play dozens of events and he’s been in contention for POY since 2016. So watch out for his name on the leaderboard.

Randy Ohel

Ohel is one of the top mixed game players in the world. If he can rack up enough final table appearances in those events, he’ll be in contention.

Joe Cada

Joe Cada, the 2009 World Champion, won two bracelets last summer and made the Main Event Final Table. He’s one of the best large-field players in history and we hope to see him in the race for the POY.