2011 WSOP Player Of The Year Sam SteinJune 21, 2011 6:37 am
At the start of WSOP 2011, the name Sam Stein was chosen by quite a few poker analysts as a good bet to win a WSOP bracelet this year, and when you look at the young US pro’s record it is not difficult to seen why.
Bristling with success since taking up the game five years ago, Sam Stein, 23, already had $1,052,098 in live tournament earning for 2011 at the start of play.
“It makes it easier when you’ve been winning and don’t worry about the buy-ins for the events. You just play your game and the buy-in doesn’t affect how you play. It definitely helps your results when you can have full disregard for the money and I feel like I have that at this point,” commented Stein.
Since then, Stein’s incredible good fortune has continued unabated this month in Las Vegas and he is currently sitting atop the 2011 WSOP Player Of The Year (POY) list, just ahead of John Juanda in 2nd spot.
Helping Sam Stein to a top spot at WSOP 2011 so far has been a 3rd place finish at the $10k Pot Limit Hold’em Championship for $264,651, and victory at the $3k Pot Limit Omaha Event for $420,802.
Consequently, the young, Nevada resident can now boast a WSOP bracelet to go with his $2,881,097 in live tournament and $1,218,481 online poker earnings.
Adding a WSOP bracelet to the prodigies list of poker accomplishments has been a major coup for the rising star and commenting on the experience of taking down Event #31: $3k Pot-Limit Omaha, Stein matter-of factly explained:
“The tournament aspect and the fact it was Pot Limit really worked to my advantage because I got to see a lot more flops and play a lot more post-flop. It is more of a post flop game and [post flop play] is one of my greatest strengths in Hold’em.”
Sam Stein will now be aiming for more cashes at WSOP 2011 to help further consolidate his position as WSOP POY and help win him the title awarded at last year’s series to Frank Kassela.