Josh Arieh wins WSOP Player of the Year

The 2021 World Series of Poker concluded earlier this week and Josh Arieh was named the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year,

Arieh’s impressive run in the 2021 WSOP included 11 cashes in live events, two cashes in online events, five final tables and two WSOP bracelets. He finished with 4,194.59 points in the Player of the Year standings which gave him a comfortable lead over runner-up Phil Hellmuth with 3,720.01 points and third place finisher Daniel Negreanu with 3,531,03 points.

As Player of the Year Arieh owns the title of best overall player at this year’s WSOP and he also received $15,000. Hellmuth collected $7,500 for second place and Negreanu received $2,500 for third.

Arieh’s two wins at this year’s WSOP came in the Event 39: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed), and Event 66: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship (8-Handed). In the $1,500 Omaha event he outlasted an 821-player field to cash $204,766, while in the $10,000 event he outlasted a 208-player field to cash $484,791. Arieh’s total cashes at the 2021 WSOP equalled just over $1.2 million.

Both of Arieh’s bracelet wins at this year’s WSOP came in Omaha tournaments, but his overall success did not hinge on one variety of poker. Arieh had success at multiple games and posted cashes in Omaha, Eight-game Mix, H.O.R.S.E., No-Limit Hold’em, and Seven Card Stud.

When you add Arieh’s 2021 WSOP performance to his career totals he has cashed just over $6.8 million in WSOP events and won four bracelets. His previous bracelet wins came in 1999 in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament, and in 2005 in the $2,000 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament.