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Shaun Deeb wanted to participate in the WSOPE series for one reason- to become this year’s WSOP Player of the Year (POY). At the rate he is going, his chances of fulfilling his dream are all but locked in. The WSOPE, which is being held at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic, wraps up on November 2 and Deeb has a commanding lead of the POY leaderboard.
The 32-year-old Deeb, who picked up his third and fourth WSOP bracelet this past summer, has already cashed in two events during the series. He took 11th at the €1,550 NLHE 6-Max Deepstack event, earning $5,365 and then picked up an additional $1,407 at the €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Max event after exiting in 38th place. He has a total of 4,592.46 points, a substantial lead above the second-place holder, Ben Yu, who has 3,746.04.
Deeb wasn’t able to make it to the money in the €2,200 PLO 8-Handed event, but is still alive in the €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE tournament. He is, as of this writing, among the eight finalists and will add at least another 242 points to his score. With the substantial lead of the POY board he already enjoys, the chances of Deeb being awarded this year’s WSOP POY title are now all but guaranteed.
In an interview with Card Player before shipping off to Europe, Deeb said that he wasn’t as interested in adding money to his bank as he was picking up the title. His focus isn’t too surprising, given that he has already earned over $6 million in live-poker action.