Deeb increases WSOP POY lead
Shaun Deeb has a dream. He wants to be this year's WSOP Player of the Year (POY) and this dream was virtually the only reason he decided to make the trek to the Czech Republic to participate in the 2018 WSOPE series. So far, the trip seems to be paying off, as Deeb is setting himself to win the POY title.
When he finished in 11th place at the WSOPE NLHE 6-Max event, the second event of the series, he extended his lead over Ben Yu, who currently sits in second place on the POY leaderboard. He made it even better by picking up a little cash in event 3, the Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed event. Deeb now has 4,507,38 points to Yu's 3,746.04. Yu is in a comfortable position ahead of the next two players, Joe Cada (3,531.86) and John Hennigan (3,499.91 points). Deeb's roughly 300-point lead gives him a nice cushion, but the race isn't over yet.
There are only six bracelet events left in the season. As long as he continues to provide a strong performance, Deeb could ultimately fulfill his dream. The series of tournaments will wrap up with the Main Event, which will run from October 27 to November 2.
Before leaving for Europe, Deeb said he wasn't as interested in the cash as he was the title. He told Card Player magazine, "I’ve always cared about leaderboards, from day one in poker...I’ve won a lot of leaderboards throughout my career, and the WSOP is kind of the most important one. There isn’t a monetary prize with it, but I still want it."