Roland Israelashvili set the old record last year, cashing 13 times at the 2016 WSOP. But with even more events added this year, it’s no surprise that Racener and Hughes have already beaten Israelashvili’s mark.
It’s also little surprise that Hughes is No. 1 on the Player of the Year Leaderboard with 820.71 points. Racener is closely behind with 814.42 points.
Thanks to all of his cashes, Hughes has earned $226,845 in winnings this summer. Racener has had an even bigger run money-wise, collecting $353,866 at the 2017 WSOP. The 2010 WSOP November Niner was greatly aided by winning the Event #17 $10k Dealer’s Choice ($273,962).
Racener made headlines for dedicating the victory to his late mother, who passed away from cancer. He revealed a “For Mom” shirt after the win.
In other news, Chris Ferguson has also surpassed Israelashvili’s old WSOP record with 14 cashes. With 733.46 points, he’s currently fourth in the 2017 WSOP POY race. Ferguson’s best finish so far is a fourth-place effort in the Event #51: $10k PLO Hi-Lo Championship ($150,929).
Another noteworthy player who’s battling for POY glory is Daniel Negreanu, who has 10 cashes and 651.64 points. This puts him in eighth place as we roll towards the end of the 2017 WSOP.
Kid Poker had a memorable fifth-place effort in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship ($300,852). But he’s not happy with how the POY system works, offering the following comments:
“Bitter 5th Place finish in the most fun tourney of the year $50k PPC. 5 days of grinding hard totally disrespected by a shameful POY system. While I spend 5 days against the worlds best in one event for 180 points, others are racking up min cashes at 40-50 a pop.”
So far, it looks like a two-man race between Racener and Hughes for the 2017 POY. And this is only fitting when considering that both currently have the WSOP cashes record.