Checking In on POYs

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20 June 2010, Created By: Geoff Fisk
Checking In on POYs

The race for the WSOP 2010 Player of the Year is a hot topic around the halls of the Rio Pavilion, with Mike "The Grinder" Mizrachi's name being thrown around by many as the leading candidate.

Mizrachi, for his part, says he's not paying too much attention to the POY race, but he is sticking to higher buy-in events.

"If I win it, I win it," Mizrachi said. "If I don't, I'm still happy with the World Series I've had so far."

2008 POY Erick Lindgren joked that his breakthrough year feels like it happened in 1998, as the Full Tilt pro isn't pleased with his WSOP results for 2010.

Here's a look at how former POY winners are faring since winning the POY:

JEFF LISANDRO (2009) - The fedora-wearing Stud specialist hasn't played the hectic schedule he did at the 2009 WSOP, but the Australian legend has still been around enough to cash at the WSOP 2010.

Lisandro has two cashes at the 2010 WSOP, with his biggest score coming in the $10k Omaha Hi/Lo Championship. The "Iceman" finished 24th in that event for $17,138.

ERICK LINDGREN (2008) - Lindgren's not thrilled with his WSOP results since breaking through with a POY performance in 2008.

The Full Tilt pro made four cashes at the 2009 WSOP, but fell short of making a final table appearance in any event.

Lindgren's cashed twice at the 2010 WSOP, including a final table appearance in a sixth-place finish in $5k Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em.

TOM SCHNIEDER (2007) - The 2007 POY has had plenty of big results since winning the award, including a monster showing the following year at the 2008 WSOP with five cashes.

Schneider didn't fare as well the next year, but he did keep his public profile high with a deep run in the 2009 Main Event, finishing 52nd.

He's cashed twice at the 2010 WSOP, both in $1.5k Omaha events.

JEFF MADSEN (2006) - Madsen exploded onto the poker scene with his breakthrough 2006, and he followed it up with seven total cashes at the WSOP in 2007 and 2008 combined.

The eccentric Madsen hasn't made much noise recently, however, with just one WSOP cash in 2009 and one in 2010.

ALLEN CUNNINGHAM (2005) - Cunningham is one of poker's finest and a well-recognized Full Tilt pro who dominated the WSOP with his 2005 performance.

Cunningham has 17 cashes at the WSOP since then.

DANIEL NEGREANU (2004) - Negreanu's poker skills speak from themselves, but perhaps nobody has capitalized more on his POY run than Kid Poker.

The 2004 WSOP launched Negreanu into fame, and he's now arguably the biggest name in poker. And this just in - Negreanu is still nearly unmatched in player skill.

He's cashed 24 times in WSOP events from 2005-2010 - and that's not counting his WSOP Europe results.

Negreanu has final tabled the Main Event at each of the last two WSOPE, including a second-place finish in 2009.

 

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