Despite all the controversy and nay-sayers, it seems Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson will claim the WSOP Player of the Year title. Ferguson has had a great run through the WSOP this summer. This continued during WSOP Europe that’s been happening over the last couple of weeks. His latest victory in a PLO tournament all but secures the title for ‘Jesus.’
Former Full Tilt Owner is Back
Ferguson was one of the key people in Full Tilt Poker. This was one of the best-known online poker sites around, neck to neck with PokerStars. However, Black Friday and its aftermath made it clear that the online poker giant wasn’t in the top shape.
Full Tilt Poker went under. This is a story that most people know by now. Thousands of players had their money tied up with the insolvent company. In the end, things turned out fine, as PokerStars purchased the site and paid everyone back. However, those responsible were not forgotten.
The poker public still believes Ferguson’s responsibility in the matter was greater than he lets on. For that reason, his presence at this and last year’s WSOP wasn’t observed kindly. ‘Jesus,’ however, did not let this bother him. He came into this year’s WSOP strong, climbing the Player of the Year leaderboard.
Putting Finishing Touches
Ferguson ended the summer part of the WSOP in the first spot, some 20 points ahead of the second place Ryan Hughes. This earned him a free entry in the €10,000 WSOP Europe Main event taking place in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. More importantly, ‘Jesus’ had a great shot at the Player of the Year title.
Things started off well for him in the Czech Republic as well, as he went on to make money in several events. This helped him extend his lead even further. Then, a couple of days ago, he pretty much locked the title. Namely, Ferguson went on to win in a €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event. The win earned him a relatively modest amount of €39,289 and his sixth career bracelet.
With that victory, his total POY score climbed to 1,178 points, more than 100 points ahead of the currently second-place John Racener. This pretty much solves all dilemmas. Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson will be the WSOP 2018 Player of the Year.
Will ‘Jesus’ Ever Be Forgiven?
Initially, the backlash against former Full Tilt part-owner was very strong. With time, however, players seem to have come to terms with it. Ferguson won’t be winning any popularity awards any time soon. However, it seems his presence is no longer such a big shock.
Phil Hellmuth, the owner of the most WSOP bracelets (fourteen to date) was among the first to extend his congratulations. In his Tweet featuring a photo with ‘Jesus,’ Hellmuth reiterated that he always believed that Chris was not responsible for what happened with Full Tilt.
One way or the other, Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson is back, and he likely intends to stay. Interestingly enough, despite the long hiatus from poker, it seems ‘Jesus’ still knows how to play cards.