Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

Merson, Baker & Selbst Primed for a Run at the 2012 WSOP Player of the Year Title

• Tase 25: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Interestingly, Greg Merson, who currently sits in sixth place on the 2012 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard, is only 87.75 points behind the current leader, Phil Ivey, who racked up 568.70 points this summer. As we understand it, even if Merson falls short of the final table and busts today, he will earn 75 points for his deep run, which means he’d be just 12.75 from the lead. With that said, a final table appearance would put Merson in the top spot headed into the World Series of Poker Europe.

In order for David “ODB” Baker, who currently sits in seventh place, to overtake Phil Ivey on the 2012 WSOP Player of the Year Leaderboard, he’ll need to finish seventh or higher. Likewise, Vanessa Selbst would have to finish fifth or higher to overtake Ivey, and that’s provided Baker doesn’t finish seventh or better. There’s

Here’s a look at the current WSOP POY standings:

Current 2012 WSOP Player of the Year Standings

1Phil Ivey568.70
2John Monnette524.25
3Phil Hellmuth500.70
4Antonio Esfandiari488.10
5Michael Mizrachi486.20
6Gregory Merson481.13
7David “ODB” Baker433.38
8Andy Frankenberger406.66
9Andy Bloch405.30
10Vanessa Selbst388.17

Also, here’s a look at how WSOP POY points will be awarded for the Main Event:

2012 WSOP Player of the Year Points

Finishing PositionPoints
Remaining Top 20%75
Next 30%50
Bottom 50%25

There are even more players in the mix for 2012 WSOP POY, and we'll be bringing you various updates and scenarios throughout the day.

Märksõnad: David ODB BakerGreg MersonVanessa Selbst