The 2014 WSOP Player of the Year Award race was dominated from one end to the other by George Danzer, so it was hardly a surprise that he ended up winning the trophy. The German is one of the few players to have won three WSOP bracelets in the same year, so it was only natural for him to win the aforementioned race as well. The competition was intense and there were times when the runner-up came within striking distance, but George never faltered.
Danzer played in plenty of WSOP events and even when he didn’t prevail, he made the money and quite often he reached the final table. This translated into significant paychecks but also a lot of points that counted towards the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year Award. http://www.bluff.com/news/george-danzer-outlasts-brandon-shack-harris-to-win-2014-wsop-player-of-the-year-61536/ tracked his performance throughout the year and the article comes up with some powerful conclusions.
One of the key tournaments for those involved in this race was the WSOP Asia-Pacific series, where everything could’ve changed. Much to his credit, George didn’t crumble under pressure and played the same aggressive poker that made him so successful throughout the year. By the time the 15-day event was over, the German was certain of him winning the trophy, with a significant advantage over Brandon Shack-Harris.
His opponent was every bit as active at WSOP tables, but far less successful and only won a bracelet in 2014. Moneywise, he collected nice paycheck for surviving the bubble stage in many tournaments and made the final table on several occasions. He trails the leader for most of the year and managed to stay ahead of the pack, but in the end he had to settle for the runner-up status and make another attempt in 2015. He is among the favorites, alongside Danzer so anything can happen when the WSOP tour resumes.
Brandon Shack-Harris had an excellent opportunity of overtaking the leader during the WSOP Asia-Pacific series, but he finished the main event in the 17th place. This was a remarkable performance, but not enough for him to accumulate the points necessary and Danzer got away with the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year Award.