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

Updated 2012 WSOP POY Scenarios

• Tase 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

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. If Merson were to bust today, he would earn 75 points and be just 12.75 behind the leader. With that said, a final table appearance would put Merson in the top spot headed into the World Series of Poker Europe.

Roland Israelashvili currently sits in 63rd place on the leaderboard with 231.05, which means either a second or first place finish would put him in the top spot. Likewise, Yuval Bronshtein (108th—187.38), Jeremy Ausmus (145th—159.44 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
3David “ODB” Baker508.38
4Phil Hellmuth500.70
5Antonio Esfandiari488.10
6Michael Mizrachi486.20
7Gregory Merson*481.13
8Vanessa Selbst463.17
9Andy Frankenberger406.66
10Andy Bloch405.30

*Merson yet to be assigned points for Main Event.

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