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

The Rest of the 2012 WSOP POY Contenders

• Tase 25: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Roland Israelashvili has had a heck of a year, so it’s no surprise to see he’s in contention for 2012 World Series of Poker Player of the Year honors. He currently sits in 63rd place on the leaderboard with 231.05, which means either a second or first place finish would put him ahead of the current leader, Phil Ivey (568.70).

Another man who could make a run at the 2012 WSOP POY title is Jeremy Ausmus, who currently sits in 145th place on the leaderboard with 159.44 points. That’s quite a few points behind the current leader, which means Ausmus would need to win the Main Event in order to surpass Ivey.

Likewise, Erik Cajelais, who sits in 82nd place with 205.75 points, will need a victory in the Main Event to overtake Ivey, who sits 362.95 points ahead of him. In addition, Yuval Bronshtein (108th—187.38), Andrew Dean (387th—89.00), Kyle Bowker (419th—84.13 points), David Randall (438th—81.75 points), David D’Alesandro (486th—76.88 points) and Leo Wolpert (490th—76.50 points) could all take the top spot if they were to win the Main Event.

Of course the World Series of Poker Europe counts toward the POY race, so these scenarios could change.

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