A new unofficial ranking puts Deeb light years ahead of the pack for consistency over the last ten years.

Shaun Deeb

What Phil Hellmuth is to WSOP bracelets, Shaun Deeb may be to the WSOP Player of the Year title. 

This year Daniel Zack won the WSOP Player of the Year, with Deeb coming 4th. However, if you follow these races you’ll know that Deeb is always in the top 5 or so of the race. He has mixed games acumen, plays every event he can (sometimes two at once) and he really cares about the leaderboard. 

He has only won it once in 2018 but he has come so close every year that one player took it upon himself to track who was the WSOP Player of the Decade, and no surprises, it was Shaun. 

Daniel Negreanu may have won the award twice but as runner-up he trailed Deeb by a big gulf in points. Zack wasn’t a household name when he won Player of the Year this month but he has been very consistent over the last ten years, enough to come 3rd overall. 

It is by no means a perfect system, in no small part due to the fact that the POY scoring method keeps changing, but in terms of overall points gained Deeb is miles ahead of the rest. You can see full ranking here.  

Deeb has also previously stated that he plans on beating Hellmuth’s bracelet record in his lifetime (he has five so far), so expect to see him contest this Player of the Decade leaderboard for years to come. 

Is the Player of the Year leaderboard a better indicator of skill than number of bracelets won? Let us know in the comments:

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