Lamb First, Hellmuth Second in 2011 POY Race

Phil Hellmuth
Hellmuth is second in the POY race thanks to two runner-up finishes.

With 44 events completed at the 2011 WSOP Ben Lamb and Phil Hellmuth are leading the Player of the Year race.

The POY standings are determined by points awarded to players in WSOP bracelet events, excluding the Casino Employees event, the Seniors Championship and the Ladies Championship.

Points are determined by a player’s finishing position, the field size and the buy-in amount.

Click here for a full explanation of the POY points formula.

Here is the POY Leaderboard as it now stands:

1

Ben Lamb

486.25

2

Phil Hellmuth

420.75

3

Samuel Stein

402.63

4

Mikhail Lakhitov

401.8

5

Mitch Schock

364.81

6

John Juanda

336

7

Amir Lehavot

330.75

8

Sean Getzwiller

325

9

Jason Mercier

323.45

10

Mark Schmid

317.75

Ben Lamb has two cashes so far this summer, the aforementioned $10k PLO victory and a second-place finish in the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event.

Those two results are enough to put him out in front of Phil Hellmuth, who has three cashes highlighted by two runner-up finishes in $10k Championship events.

“I’d love to have my picture up in the halls as the luckiest player this year at the World Series,” Lamb told PokerListings.com in Las Vegas.

“It obviously takes more than luck but if you’re not running good you don’t have a shot,” added Lamb.

Hellmuth’s two second-place finishes came in events with fields of 126 and 168. Lamb defeated 360 players to win the PLO Championship, and finished second out of 685 in the $3k PLO, which explains his edge over Hellmuth in the points race.

Sam Stein is sitting in third thanks to winning the $3k PLO event that Ben Lamb runnered-up, plus a third place finish in the $10k Pot-Limit Hold’em event and a 24th place finish in the $10K PLO championship.

The other seven players on the leaderboard also won bracelets, meaning Hellmuth is the only player in the top ten without a victory in 2011.

Frank Kassela won 2010 Player of the Year honors thanks to two bracelets, a third place and a total of six cashes.

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