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WSOP Day 23 Update - Player of the Year Standings and Doyle Brunson Gives Phil Laak Props

19 June 2010, By: compncards
Mizrachi Bides His Time 200x300
Mizrachi Bides His Time 200x300

Day 23 of the WSOP is underway with another huge day underway. Day 1a of Event #36, another $1,000 NL Event, is in the Pavilion. Day 2 of the Seniors Event and the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship kick off a little later. Both the $5,000 Six-handed NL Event and the $2,500 PL HA Event will play down to the bracelet later as well.

Current Player of the Year Standings

The 2010 WSOP Player of the Year is being hotly contested this year. There are six players currently in the hunt, and there are only 25 points separating first and sixth. Michael Mizrachi and James Dempsey are tied for first with 180 points. Both have three cashes each and both have a bracelet win so far. David Baker and Dan Heimiller are right behind with 170 points each. Both have four cashes and Baker has a bracelet win. John Juanda is next with 160 points and Vladamir Schmelev is 6th with 155 points.



Points are awarded based on where a player finishes in the money. Just cashing guarantees a player five points. The amount of points goes up the further up the ladder they climb. Winning an event nets a player 100 points.

With 22 events left, there is still plenty of time for players to move up the leader board or for a new player to make a move for the player of the year.

Doyle Brunson Gives Phil Laak Props

For those of you that may not know, Phil Laak recently broke the Guinness Book of World Records record for longest poker session by logging 115 hours without any sleep. This is over 4 and a half days of poker without sleeping.

Doyle couldn't do it without coffee, but Laak could.

Doyle Brunson spoke about Laak’s accomplishment on his blog. He stated that when he was 25 that he played for five days straight without sleeping. He also shared a story about how that Johnny Moss and Paul Harvey played for five days straight, slept two days, and played five more days straight.

Doyle then went out of his way to point out that when he, Moss, and Harvey accomplished their feats of stamina, they did so with the assistance of a lot of coffee and caffeine. According to Brunson, Laak did his 115 hour session entirely drug free, and that includes caffeine. How insane is that? Brunson stated that due to Laak’s ability to do so without drugs, it makes his 115 hour session “a credible mark.”

I will be back a bit later with more WSOP results. Stay tuned.

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