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Poker Leadboard: Most Top-50 POY Race Finishes From 2010-2020

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Jun 30, 2021


The Card Player Player of the Year award seeks to reward consistency over time, factoring in buy-in, field size, and finishing place at qualifying final tables to quantify a player’s performance over an entire year. This leaderboard is made up of those players who were the most consistently consistent from 2010 through 2020.

A total of 25 players finished inside the top 50 in the year-end POY race standings four times or more in that span, with three players managing the feat an incredible seven times. 2016 POY award winner David Peters not only made the top 50 seven times in this period, he also finished 13th or higher five times, with three top-four showings. The 34-year-old poker pro from Toledo, Ohio made the top 50 five years in a row from 2015-19, with an average finish of 19th place over that span.

Stephen Chidwick managed his first top-50 showing in 2013. He then went on an incredible streak of six consecutive years finishing inside the top 50 starting in 2015, with an average finishing spot of just better than 20th place. The 32-year-old from Deal, England finished second in the 2018 race, and then managed to come back and win the 2019 POY award the following year, having made 48 final tables and won 10 titles in POY-qualified tournaments during that two-year period alone.

From 2011-18, Steve O’Dwyer made the top 50 all but one year (2014). While he never finished in the top spot like Peters and Chidwick, the 39-year-old did manage three top-10 showings, with his best finish being fifth in 2015. Poker’s all-time money leader, Bryn Kenney ($56,649,561 in career earnings), has six top-50 finishes to his name. At 61, Erik Seidel is the oldest player among the 25 on this list. Adrian Mateos is the youngest at 26 years old, and Vanessa Selbst is the only female player to make the cut.