Player of the Year

Since 2004, a Player of the Year (POY) award has been given to the player with the most points accumulated throughout the WSOP. Only "open" events in which all players can participate count in the standings, this eliminates the Seniors, Ladies, and Casino Employee events.[19] Beginning with the 2006 World Series of Poker, the Main Event and the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. competition had no effect on the outcome of the winner of the Player of the Year award. In the 2008 World Series of Poker, the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event counted toward the Player of the Year award, but the Main Event did not. Since 2009, all open events, including the Main Event, count towards Player of the Year. The Player of the Year standings were based upon performance solely at the WSOP in Las Vegas up until 2010, but beginning in 2011 have also taken the World Series of Poker Europe into account. The 2011 WSOP Player of the Year organized by Bluff Magazine used a different scoring system which took into account field sizes and buy-in amounts when calculating points earned.[20] Year Winner Bracelets Final Tables Cashes WSOP Earnings (US$) 2004 Daniel Negreanu 1 5 6 346,280 2005 Allen Cunningham 1 4 5 1,007,115 2006 Jeff Madsen 2 4 4 1,467,852 2007 Tom Schneider 2 3 3 416,829 2008 Erick Lindgren 1 3 5 1,348,528 2009 Jeff Lisandro 3 4 6 807,521 2010 Frank Kassela 2 3 6 1,255,314 2011 Ben Lamb 1 4 5 5,352,97 2012 Greg Merson 2 2 5 9,785,354 Tom Schneider (born December 24, 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a professional poker player from Phoenix, Arizona. Schneider was a certified public accountant and former president and chief financial officer for three Arizona companies before beginning his poker career in 2002. He is the author of the book Oops! I Won Too Much Money: Winning Wisdom from the Boardroom to the Poker Table which provides lessons for both poker and business. Tom is also the co-host of the popular poker podcast, Beyond The Table, along with Karridy Askenasy and Dan Michalski, creator and head blogger at Pokerati, where Tom is a contributing columnist.[1] At the 2007 World Series of Poker Schneider won his first two WSOP bracelets, one in Pot Limit Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo and the second in Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo. He also made the final table of the $2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event, finishing in fourth place. These finishes earned him the 2007 WSOP Player of the Year award.[2]On September 16th, 2008, Schneider won the event #24 of the World Championship of Online Poker, a $530 buyin No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw tournament. Schneider, who uses the name 'luvgamble' on PokerStars, bested a field of 308 to win the $42,000 first prize. [3] As of 2011, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,600,000.[4] His 18 cashes at the WSOP account for $851,597 of those winnings.[5]