August 14, 2022

Dan Zack Wins 2022 World Series of Poker Player of the Year

World Series of Poker Vice President Jack Effel presented Dan Zack with the 2022 WSOP Player of the Year trophy on Monday at the Tournament of Champions. Zack had an incredible streak, finishing with 4,530.64 points.

It felt like a blowout POY victory for Zack. Only one other player has eclipsed the 4,000 point mark; even with his fantastic summer, Daniel Weinman still finished a distant second with 4,040.20 points. Only two other players had more than 3,000 points: last year’s Main Event champion Koray Aldemir with 3,275.02 and perennial POY contender Shaun Deeb with 3,197.65.

Zack made a name for himself destroying poker Living by bike games, but is clearly now one of the best tournament players in the world. At the 2022 World Series of Poker, he won two bracelets ($10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better Championship and $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship – he now has three in total), made two more final tables, and cashed a total of 16 times. He also reached Day 2 of the Tournament of Champions.

Two other players have won the double bracelet this year. Lawrence Brandt won the $3,000 HORSE and $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better and Espen Jorstad won the $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em event with Patrick Leonard and, of course, the $10,000 Main Event.

Winning the WSOP Player of the Year award is something poker players usually have to accomplish, as it almost always requires taking part in lots of tournaments. And of course, the POY was one of Dan Zack’s goals.

“It means a lot, I set a goal three years ago that I really wanted to try and win before I quit poker, and this is the third set I’ve tried,” he told PokerNews. .

That little “before I quit poker” was sure to raise some eyebrows, so PokerNews asked him to elaborate. Zack explained that he was getting married next year and intended to start a family, so spending so much time making a living at the poker tables wasn’t something he wanted to do.

Talking about how chasing the POY prize requires a lot of tournament entries, Zack admitted that “you lose a bit of EV chasing it.” What he means is that if you were aiming to give yourself the best chance of getting a high ROI, you would only enter tournaments that played to your strengths and make sure you got enough rest. With a POY grind, you can’t choose as much and often enter events that aren’t necessarily your strong suit or are at a time when you could use a break.

In a fun WSOP trivia, according to Ryan O’Leary, Dan Zack is third in the “Player of the Decade” race, taking into account all points earned from 2013 to 2022. Shaun Deeb is first by a mile and Daniel Negreanu is second.

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