The 2018 World Series of Poker concluded with the $1 million buy-ins Big One for One Drop wrapping up in July 2018, let’s find out the top performers of the series.
Those five players have earned their places in the top five on the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year race.
Deeb earned cash after cash as he played all the events he could on the schedule, and ended up in a tenth-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship worth $111,447.
He earned a bracelet in his tenth WSOP when he beat out 230 entries and win Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller worth $1,402,683.
Deeb outlasted 355 players to earn his second bracelet of the series beating Paul Volpe heads up in Event #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship.
Ben Yu cashed in 15 events for a total of $2,781,467 in winnings. He finished the summer with a win in Event #77: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller (Big Blind Antes). With this victory, his total bracelet wins became three and the $1,650,733 prize money which is more than doubled his summer 2018 WSOP winnings.
He actually faced really tough competition in the 128-entry ground, having to overcome a stacked final table. Yu also played three other events, including a third-place finish in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship ($99,540), a second-place finish (next to Deeb) in the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller ($866,924) and a fourth in the $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em ($63,327).
John Hennigan, also known as “Johnny World,” has already gained a lot of media attention in the past several years. His high-stakes cash game capacity is justified by this point and his 2018 WSOP performance propelled him into the spotlight. He was also nominated and picked for the prestigious Poker Hall of Fame prior to the series securing his place in the game’s history.
Hennigan won 13 cashes, five of which were final tables, and earned one bracelet to his laurels that now are five. He became a hot start with a 28th-place finish, followed by two seventh-place finishes, and finally, he won the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $414,692.
In his next game, he finished runner-up to Michael Mizrachi in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $765,837. He also played eight more cash, the biggest being a seventh-place finish in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship, concluding the series with a tally of $1,324,587 in cash.
Joe Cada has earned server time in the 2018 series, with the final tabled four events he won two of them. The rest two he didn’t win was the Main Event where he ended up the fifth position winning $2.15 million. This made Cada the biggest winnings of the top five, cashing for $3,025,439 total across the series.
He ended up at the ninth-place finish in Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty, which was followed up by winning Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout.
Before concluding his summer poker grind, Cada won yet another title in Event #75: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) to add $612,886 more to his wealth of profitable summer.
Although sitting fourth on the POY rankings as per the WSOP points, Cada is the most deserving candidate to be honored as the “Player of the Series” for an unbelievable summer run.
Scott Bohlman can be said to be the unsung hero of the series. He had a break-through kind of series at the 2018 WSOP, playing 12 cashes including four final tables and a win for a total of $739,858 to more than double his career WSOP earnings till now. Playing mostly non-Hold’em events, Bohlman played five smaller cashes before winning his first-ever WSOP victory in his sixth summer cash.
In Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet, Bohlman beat Ryan Hughes and claim his first WSOP gold and his second six-figure WSOP score of $122,138.
Bohlman played six more cashes, with three final tables where he earned larger six-figure scores. He finished sixth place in Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship for $157,097, scored second in Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 and Better Championship for $225,210, and ended up third in Event #69: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed for $199,572.
He has already proven himself as a professional and strong contender at the tables, and a potential candidate for POY races moving forward.