John Phan is clearly the 2008 Player of the Year.
With one major tournament to go before the year closes out (Bellagio Five Diamond Classic), here's a quick look at the two major Player of the Year races, for the 2% of our audience that comes here for legit poker news.
Bluff Magazine Poker Player of the Year – John Phan has a pretty sizable lead in this one. The Razor is sitting with 1,214.08 points. Tourney cashing machine Michael Binger is in second with 1,088.67. We're no math majors and can barely even add or subtract, but that seems like a pretty insurmountable lead. With two WSOP bracelets, a WPT title and a bunch of other final tables, if Phan doesn't win this award, Bluff should rename it the "Who Do I Have to Blow Around Here to Win the Player of the Year John Phan Memorial Award." View full rankings here.
Card Player Player of the Year– Again, John Phan leads this one with 6,704 points. He's followed by Bertrand Grospellier with 5,410. Not so sure if Phan has this one locked up but it's looking good for him. Whatever. The next few guys in line include David "The Dragon" Pham*, Ivan Demidov, Erik Seidel, and Michael Binger. Works for us. The highest ranking female on this list is
Shannon Shorr at 16th Kathy Liebertat 29th. View full rankings here.
* Not a real dragon.