In one of the most colossal mistakes inthe history of the World Series of Poker, a tabulation error in the race forthe WSOP Player of the Year has resulted in a change atop the standings.Instead of Daniel Negreanu winning his third POY title (no one else has wonmore than one), Australiaís Robert Campbell will earn the WSOP POY for 2019. Butmany others are outraged over the change because it affected the third man inthe mix, 2018 WSOP POY Shaun Deeb, who had a shot at taking the crown and wouldhave potentially changed his style (more on this in a minute).
Negreanu Awarded Points for Tournament HeDidnít Play
Russian poker journalist Alex Elenskiynoticed a discrepancy in Negreanuís results from back in Las Vegas during thesummer. According to his examination, Elenskiy noted that Negreanu had beencredited with a 36th place finish in Event #68, the $1000 OnlineChampionship Event. Problem is that Negreanu didnít cash in that event; he didcash in Event #87, the $3000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament, but the double counting ofthe 213.1 points available inflated Negreanuís total.
Elenskiy took the 213.1 points away from Negreanuístotal and it completely changed the outcome of the 2019 WSOP Player of the Yearrace. Instead of winning the title, Negreanu would actually finish third in therankings, with Campbell ascending to the lead with Negreanuís fall. Only roughly100 points would separate Campbell, Negreanu and Deeb (more on this in a moment).
Elenskiy did the right thing Ė contacted theWSOP to point out the error:
@shaundeeb @RealKidPoker @Kevmath @WSOP @SonicJaxx2019 you should check #68, according to official report DN got 213.1 points, but he didn't cash there. All places from 32 to 46 in #68 are messed up with #87.

results from #68 –
— Alex Elenskiy (@GT_iskander) November 8, 2019
At this time, the WSOP has not commented on the evidence nor indicated if it will change the final results of the POY race.
Would it Have Changed Deebís Approach?
Going into the final tournament of the 2019 WSOP, the Ä550 Colossus at the WSOP Europe in Rozvadov, only four men had a chance at the WSOP POY title. Negreanu was leading the way, with Campbell in second, Deeb in third and Anthony Zinno in an astounding fourth after a final table finish in the WSOP Europe Main Event. Zinnoís chances required him to win the event and have Negreanu not cash, which didnít occur.
Campbell also needed to make the final table after Negreanu finished the event in 201st place, but he would come up short by finishing in 159th place in the tournament. That left Deeb, who proceeded to run to the final day of the Collosus, with his stack yo-yoing wildly throughout the tournament. When the penultimate day arrived, Deeb was well aware of what he had to do.
To pass both Campbell and Negreanu and winthe 2019 POY, Deeb needed to finish in fifth place or better. On that final day,Deeb came out with a highly aggressive style that did not work for him,eventually seeing him come up short of Campbell and Negreanu after he was thefirst man knocked out on the final day of the Colossus in eleventh place.
Is THIS the REAL Final Standings?
The results of taking that credited finishfrom Negreanu upends the WSOP POY standings. This is the way the Top Fivefinishes IF the WSOP changes the results:
1. Robert Campbell, 3961.31 points
2. Shaun Deeb, 3917.32
3. Daniel Negreanu, 3861.78
4. Anthony Zinno, 3322.0
5. Phillip Hui, 3186.17
Would Deeb have perhaps changed his plan of attack if he knew he only had Campbell to beat for the title instead of driving deeper into the tournament to beat Negreanu? It would have only required Deeb to make ninth place to be able to pass Campbell and, as Deeb came into the final day third in chips, it may have changed his approach. Would Deeb have pumped the brakes a bit to be able to move up the ladder a couple of slots and pass Campbell for what would have been another historic first Ė the only man to repeat as WSOP POY?

It is a bit of a surprise that the WSOP would make such a huge error as this. Normally the organization is very sharp when it comes to matters such as this, but kudos have to be given to Elenskiy for his legwork. Now it just depends on whether the WSOP will correct the problem or not Ė PokerNewsDaily will update if there is any statement from the WSOP.
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