WSOP POY race could be decided by the performance of a single player
As the tables were heating up at the WSOP Main Event, it was looking like Shaun Deeb could be making a run to take over John Hennigan on the WSOP Player of the Year (POY) leaderboard. If he were to win, he would definitely overtake the top spot and a high finish would put him firmly in the running for the lead. Unfortunately for him, Deeb was sent to the rail on Day 6, almost positively securing Hennigan's retention as the leader in the POY race.
Deeb and Hennigan have given stellar performances this year, paving the way for the pair to top the leaderboard. Deeb was trailing Hennigan by 361 points. Anything less than a final table appearance would give him 342 points, not quite enough to take the lead, but enough to threaten his rival. Deeb's exit in 105th place means that he will have to fight hard in at least one of the remaining eight bracket events if he intends on gaining the lead.
Joe Cada, who won the Main Event in 2009, is the only player still in this year's tournament who could still threaten Hennigan and Deeb if he makes it all the way to the title. Cada is currently in 19th place with 8,850,000 chips and is still going strong. Hennigan, who has five career WSOP bracelets, didn't participate in this year's Main Event.