Stan’s Lists – Card Player Player of the Year

[LL] “Stan, who won the WSOP Player of the Year award this year?” Leroy the Lion inquired.

[SS] “Mike Gorodinsky. He had eight cashes in Las Vegas and Berlin, including 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 9th place finishes.”

[RR] “Wow, that’s pretty impressive. Did he also sweep all the Player of the Year awards?”

[SS] “On the contrary, he didn’t even finish in the top 50 for Card Player Player of Year!”1

[RR] “How is that possible?”

[SS] “Well, he didn’t accumulate any points outside of the WSOP, and that only fills up a couple months of the year. Also, only three of his WSOP cashes netted him any Card Player points.”

[LL] “So who did the numbers say had the best year?”

[SS] “Anthony Zinno collected 6,632 points, the sixth highest ever, to hold off Joe Kuether and Nick Petrangelo, who also had historically great years. Zinno’s year-high five titles were only one fewer than the record held by John Hoang, Men Nguyen, and Dan Smith.

Card Player Player of the Year – 1997 to 2003

Year Winner
1997 Men Nguyen
1998 T.J. Cloutier
1999 Tony Ma
2000 David Pham
2001 Men Nguyen
2002 T.J. Cloutier
2003 Men Nguyen

Card Player Player of the Year – 2004 to Present

Year Winner Points Runner-Up Points Margin
2004 Daniel Negreanu 8,764 David Pham 7,068 19.4%
2005 Men Nguyen 5,204 John Phan 4,428 14.9%
2006 Michael Mizrachi 5,989 Nam Le 5,215 12.9%
2007 David Pham 6,562 J.C. Tran 5,748 12.4%
2008 John Phan 6,704 David Pham 6,022 10.2%
2009 Eric Baldwin 6,994 Cornel Cimpan 5,934 15.2%
2010 Tom Marchese 6,738 Dwyte Pilgrim 5,576 17.2%
2011 Ben Lamb 6,036 Chris Moorman 5,875 2.7%
2012 Greg Merson 5,100 Dan Smith 5,040 1.2%
2013 Daniel Negreanu 5,140 Paul Volpe 4,298 16.4%
2014 Daniel Colman 5,498 Ami Barer 5,042 8.3%
2015 Anthony Zinno 6,632 Joe Kuether 6,070 8.5%

Notes:

  • Men Nguyen won the award a record four times (1997, 2001, 2003, and 2005).
  • T.J. Cloutier (1998 and 2002), David Pham (2000 and 2007), and Daniel Negreanu (2004 and 2013) have won twice each.
  • Negreanu outpoint second place by the largest (2004) and third largest (2013) margins. Merson (2012) eked by with the smallest margin.

Here are the all-time records for Points, Titles, and Final Tables with data going back to the rule changes of 2004.

Most Player of the Year Points

Rank Year Player Points Titles Final Tables Winnings
1 2004 Daniel Negreanu 8,764 4 11 $4,420,221
2 2004 David Pham 7,068 5 15 $1,533,268
3 2009 Eric Baldwin 6,994 4 17 $1,494,494
4 2010 Tom Marchese 6,738 2 11 $2,068,658
5 2008 John Phan 6,704 3 8 $2,075,323
6 2015 Anthony Zinno 6,632 5 11 $3,442,769
7 2004 John Juanda 6,596 2 15 $1,204,389
8 2007 David Pham 6,562 4 11 $1,764,143
9 2015 Joe Kuether 6,070 3 13 $2,084,691
10 2011 Ben Lamb 6,036 1 4 $5,351,467

Notes:

  • John Pham is the only player to finish in the Top 10 three times. Joseph Cheong, John Hoang, John Juanda, Michael Mizrachi, Daniel Negreanu, Steve O’Dwyer, John Phan, Ole Schemion, Vanessa Selbst, and J.C. Tran have each done it twice.
  • Erick Lindgren, Negreanu, John Pham, Erik Seidel, and Tran are the only players to finish in the Top 25 four times. Allen Cunningham, Juanda, Phan, Mizrachi, Men Nguyen, O’Dwyer, and Selbst have each done it three times.

Most Titles

Rank Year Player Points Titles Final Tables Winnings
1 2005 John Hoang 3,267 6 17 $492,817
2008 Men Nguyen 3,662 6 10 $776,832
2012 Dan Smith 5,040 6 9 $3,673,806
4 2005 Men Nguyen 5,204 5 17 $1,004,718
2004 David Pham 7,068 5 15 $1,533,268
2010 Dwyte Pilgrim 5,576 5 13 $1,074,997
2004 Can Kim Hua 4,495 5 12 $785,779
2015 Anthony Zinno 6,632 5 11 $3,442,769
2014 Joseph Mckeehen 3,266 5 11 $1,223,852
2004 John Phan 3,080 5 10 $677,045
2009 Jason Mercier 4,130 5 9 $1,245,876

Most Final Tables

Rank Year Player Points Titles Final Tables Winnings
1 2004 Gioi Luong 5,006 4 22 $504,004
2 2004 John Cernuto 3,631 3 19 $460,789
3 2005 John Hoang 3,267 6 17 $492,817
2005 Men Nguyen 5,204 5 17 $1,004,718
2009 Eric Baldwin 6,994 4 17 $1,494,494
6 2010 Sorel Mizzi 4,851 4 16 $1,524,371
7 2004 David Pham 7,068 5 15 $1,533,268
2015 Byron Kaverman 5,342 4 15 $3,008,957
2004 John Juanda 6,596 2 15 $1,204,389
2005 Max Pescatori 3,381 1 15 $410,109

Notes:

  • Luong tops this list but is hardly a household name. The Californian has never won a WSOP bracelet, and his biggest cash was $290,792 for a runner-up finish in a WSOP circuit event in 2007.
  • While it seems obvious to have another list with the top ten in Winnings, it’s a rather uninteresting list topped by the 2014 and 2012 One Drop winners followed by eight WSOP Main Event champs.

Footnotes:

  1. Gorodinsky’s 2,436 points were only good for 57th place. Zinno, Kuether, Petrangelo, and fourth place finisher Byron Kaverman all more than doubled his total.

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