Ryan Hughes, John Monnette and John Racener Are Close Behind

Published on October 7th, 2017 1:45 am EST

The King is reporting on the latest from the awesome world of poker.  Highlighted text on paper in hand.The World Series of Poker Europe is scheduled to get underway later this month at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

After the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas handed out a total of 71 bracelets this past summer, the WSOPE is slated to hand out an additional 11. This includes the €10,000 main event and the €25,000 Super High Roller event.

In addition to the 11 bracelets that are still up for grabs, the hotly contested Player of the Year race will be decided as well at the WSOPE.


As of this moment, the top of the 2017 WSOP POY leaderboard looks like this:

Chris Ferguson, 898.46 points
Ryan Hughes, 876.35 points
John Monnette, 865.21 points
John Racener, 853.16 points
Raymond Henson, 768.49 points
Ben Yu, 766.49 points
Alex Foxen, 754.36 points
Daniel Negreanu, 717.76 points
Dario Sammartino, 710.96 points
Kenny Hallaert, 686.81 points

In case you were wondering, that is indeed THE Chris "Jesus" Ferguson that is currently sitting at the top of the leaderboard. One of the poker world's biggest pariahs, Ferguson played a large number of events at this year's WSOP, cashing in an absurd number of them. With the WSOP POY model heavily emphasizing cashes, Ferguson managed to finish the summer at the top of the leaderboard.


The person who finishes at the top of the POY leaderboard at the end of the WSOPE will win an entry to the 2018 World Series of Poker main event.

There is plenty more on the line, however, as many players have POY side bets going, which could potentially run into the millions of dollars.