Phil Hellmuth Blows Up AGAIN; Rails Against WSOP POY Rules

November 01, 2021
Calum Grant

Player of the Year Ring

Phil Hellmuth had another blow up at this year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) but this time it was off the felt as he to Twitter to voice his frustrations regarding the scoring of the WSOP Player of the Year (POY).

2 another player has one Final Table (3rd in online tourn) and 2,000 pts! Who cares about 10th- and 14th- and 300th… https://t.co/tV5x14HCtL

— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth)

Hellmuth had an extraordinary October at the WSOP, the all-time leading bracelet winner took his tally to 16 gold bracelets following his triumph in Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw. In addition, he has four other final table finishes which includes a second-place finish in Event #36: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship.

A WSOP POY accolade has surprisingly evaded Hellmuth despite his WSOP success. He has finished second on the leaderboard in 2006, 2011 and 2012. The latter was essentially a lock for ‘The Poker Brat,’ but Greg Merson’s 2012 Main Event win pipped Hellmuth to top spot.

Hellmuth has never been shy to give his opinion, but does his barb at the WSOP scoring formula have some credence? He raises some valid points in that nobody cares about who finishes 10th and beyond, the poker community wants to know who makes a final table and who wins.

However, topping a leaderboard is all about points and the best way to accumulate them is by playing as many events as possible. With much of Hellmuth’s criticisms, they come from a place of emotion which is fine but when it comes to a formula needed to choose the POY, emotion needs to be taken out of the equation.

Other POY contender Shaun Deeb raised a similar point when replying to Hellmuth on Twitter also.

Phil poy should always be about the overall grind I have 7 more cashes than you you know how much people love to ha… https://t.co/Jdv6rtdNT5

— shaun deeb (@shaundeeb)

Does Hellmuth raise a good point or does this blow-up come from his goal of wanting to finally finish a top of the leaderboard?

2021 WSOP POY Top 10 Leaderboard As It Stands

RANK
NAME
Points

1
Anthony Zinno
2,627.88

2
Jake Schwartz
2,614.45

3
Phil Hellmuth
2,598.59

4
Shaun Deeb
2,470.69

5
Ari Engel
2,329.61

6
Ben Yu
2,226.17

7
Dylan Linde
2,053.09

8
Jeremy Ausmus
2,007.86

9
Daniel Negreanu
2,004.86

10
Tommy Le
1,968.40

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2021 WSOP POY Formula – How Is It Measured?

The formula is loosely based on the highly successful point system that has been used on the WSOP Circuit for many years. That scale will be used for each bracelet event, with modifiers based on the buy-in amount and number of entries.

Dates and Qualifying Events

The 2021 Player of the Year race will only include all open bracelet events of the 2021 WSOP at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (September 30 – November 23) including the NV/NJ online bracelet events.

Heads-Up and Shootout Events

Players eliminated in the same round (e.g. fifth through eighth place in a heads-up event, or all players eliminated on Day 2 of a shootout), will all receive the same points. The points awarded for those places will be the average of the points those places would have earned in a standard event.

Multi-Flight Events Featuring Day 1 Payouts

Some events (e.g. The Closer) offer the opportunity to cash more than once. However, a player will only earn POY points once for each event, and the points earned will be based on the position in the final results.

Exclusions

The following No-Limit Hold’em events will not count toward the player of the year:

Prizes

1st place: $15,000
2nd place: $7,500
3rd place: $2,500

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A Glance At The Current WSOP POY Top Five

Now that we are entering the final month of WSOP action in Las Vegas, the POY leaderboard is starting to heat up. At the moment, the difference between first and fifth is less than 300 points, with the top spot seeming to be ever changing.

We take a look at those five players and have broken down how they’ve performed. They are all competing for some extra prize money as well as their own prestigious WSOP banner which will further cement their legacies in the world of poker.

1. Anthony Zinno – 2,627.88 Pts

Anthony ZinnoAnthony Zinno won his fourth WSOP bracelet in Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

Like Hellmuth, Anthony Zinno has been one of the shining lights as this year’s series so far, capturing two bracelets within the first two weeks of the WSOP. Further to this, he has cashed in six separate events, which includes making the last two tables in three other tournaments. His peformance this year puts him atop the POY leaderboard with just a few weeks of the WSOP remaining.

Thanks to his efforts, Zinno became the first player ever to win four WSOP bracelets and three World Poker Tour titles and will no doubt be a lock for future WSOP Hall of Fame contention.

Anthony Zinno’s Best 2021 WSOP Finishes

Date
Event
Place
Prize

October 9
Event #19: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
1st
$182,872

October 13
Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
1st
$160,636

October 25
Event #49: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
10th
$25,280

October 6
Event #14: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
11th
$5,338

October 19
Event #38: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed
12th
$80,000

2. Jake Schwartz – 2,614.45 Pts

Jake SchwartzJake Schwartz has four final table appearances already at the 2021 WSOP

Only Schwartz has reached as many final tables as Hellmuth this year and now sits second for POY. Schwartz was denied his first WSOP bracelet, coincidentally losing to Hellmuth in heads-up play. He has a further two podium finishes as well as a fifth and seventh placed finish to his name.

In total, Schwartz has 12 cashes already and has set himself up nicely to have a good run at making the most final tables in a single WSOP. The current record stands at 6, which has been accomplished by An Tran (1992), George Danzer (2014) and John Monnette (2016).

Jake Schwartz’s Best 2021 WSOP Finishes

Date
Event
Place
Prize

October 15
Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
2nd
$52,502

October 18
Event #36: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship
3rd
$107,861

October 10
Event #20: $1,000 Flip & Go No Limit Hold’em
3rd
$82,675

October 25
Event #49: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
5th
$72,185

October 20
Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
7th
$47,835

3. Phil Hellmuth – 2,598.59 Pts

Phil HellmuthPhil Hellmuth won his record-breaking 16th WSOP bracelet in Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw

As already mentioned, Hellmuth has had a superb 2021, his record breaking win could arguably make him the best poker player of all time.

His five final table appearances, like Schwartz, puts him in a good place to match or even better that particular achievement. Hellmuth has had a handful of final table showings on two other occasions, once in 1992 and another in 2001. If there’s one thing Hellmuth excels in, it’s breaking his own records.

Phil Hellmuth’s Best 2021 WSOP Finishes

Date
Event
Place
Prize

October 15
Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
1st
$84,951

October 18
Event #36: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship
2nd
$153,493

October 9
Event #19: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
4th
$54,730

October 4
Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
5th
$80,894

October 1
Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E.
6th
$95,329

4. Shaun Deeb – 2,470.69 Pts

Shaun DeebShaun Deeb won over a million dollars for his win in Event #53: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)

Shaun Deeb’s picked up his fifth WSOP bracelet and first of 2021 after being victorious in Event #53: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed). That win saw him shoot up the leaderboard to fourth place as well collecting the $1,251,860 payday.

Deeb, who won WSOP POY in 2018, will no doubt be looking to join Daniel Negreanu, as the only players to win the the award twice.

Shaun Deeb’s Best 2021 WSOP Finishes

Date
Event
Place
Prize

October 27
Event #53: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)
1st
$1,251,860

October 6
Event #14: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
5th
$18,475

October 25
Event #49: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
12th
$20,165

October 30
Event #57: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship
13th
$16,552

October 24
Event #47: $5,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed
33rd
$10,000

5. Ari Engel – 2,329.61 Pts

Ari EngelAri Engel’s first-place finish in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship keeps him in contention for POY

Rounding out the top five is Ari Engel, who won his second WSOP title in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $317,076.

Engel, who won his first bracelet in Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2019 WSOP, had to get through a field of 134 runners that included many of the biggest names in poker, including Erik Seidel, Mike Matusow, Shaun Deeb and Phil Hellmuth.

Further to this, he has one other final table appearance and a total of ten cashes this year. One career feat Engel is likely to pull off is recording a total of 200 WSOP cashes, the poker star currently sits on 199 following his in the money finish in Event #55: $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em.

Ari Engel’s Best 2021 WSOP Finishes

Date
Event
Place
Prize

October 4
Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
1st
$317,076

October 25
Event #48: $1,500 SHOOTOUT No-Limit Hold’em
7th
$32,439

October 13
Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
10th
$9,393

October 20
Event #39: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)
15th
$8,200

October 10
Event #21: $1,500 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Omaha Hi Lo 8 or Better; Big O
23rd
$5,627

WSOP POY Previous Winners

Year
Player
Bracelets
Final Tables
Cashes
Earnings

2019
Robert Campbell
2
6
13
$743,377

2018
Shaun Deeb
2
5
20
$2,534,511

2017
Chris Ferguson
1
4
23
$428,423

2016
Jason Mercier
2
4
11
$960,424

2015
Mike Gorodinsky
1
3
8
$1,766,796

2014
George Danzer
3
5
10
$878,993

2013
Daniel Negreanu
2
4
10
$2,214,304

2012
Greg Merson
2
2
4
$9,755,180

2011
Ben Lamb
1
4
5
$5,352,970

2010
Frank Kassela
2
3
6
$1,255,314

2009
Jeffrey Lisandro
3
4
6
$807,521

2008
Erick Lindgren
1
3
5
$1,348,528

2007
Tom Schneider
2
3
3
$416,829

2006
Jeff Madsen
2
4
4
$1,467,852

2005
Allen Cunningham
1
4
5
$1,006,935

2004
Daniel Negreanu
1
5
6
$346,280

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