- Ferguson continues his successful WSOP run this year, winning his sixth career bracelet during WSOPE in Rozvadov
- With this victory, Ferguson has pretty much locked up Player of the Year title
Chris Ferguson is one of the most controversial characters of the poker world.
Nicknamed ‘Jesus’ for his long, curly hair, Ferguson was one of the leading people behind Full Tilt Poker, a famous online poker room that went bust, leaving thousands of players out of their funds.
Eventually, Full Tilt’s debt was paid by PokerStars when they bought out the brand, but the stigma surrounding former honchos didn’t go away. They were ostracized by the casino community and stopped appearing at live events such as World Series of Poker.
However, ‘Jesus’ was the first one to resurrect and get back in the game. His appearance during the last year’s World Series didn’t go unnoticed, but this year he made quite a splash as he accumulated enough points to put him in the position to fight for the Player of the Year title.
Just a few days ago, Ferguson managed to win yet another title at the European leg of the World Series of Poker WSOP taking place in Rozvadov, coming inches away from locking the prestigious reward.
Slap in the face?
During the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this summer, many players and fans were very unhappy to see Ferguson racking up the points and climbing the Player of the Year leaderboard.
Many believed this would be a proper slap in the face to the community, as there were numerous voices claiming ‘Jesus’ and others who were involved in the Full Tilt scandal, primarily Howard Lederer, shouldn’t even be allowed to play in WSOP events.
In the final days of the series, Ryan Hughes managed to get ahead of Ferguson and it was all down to WSOP Europe taking place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
On October 31st, a about a week into the series, Chris Ferguson managed to edge a victory in a €1,650 PLO event, earning some extra points for the POY race and claiming his sixth career WSOP bracelet.
‘Jesus’ was already ahead of Hughes heading into the event as he managed to make money in five of the WSOPE event and rack up the total number of 2017 WSOP cashes to 22.
As things stand right now, Ferguson has some 180 points more than Hughes and John Racener, who actually managed to get to the second spot on the leaderboard, just a few points ahead of Hughes.
This pretty much seals the deal and it is a virtual guarantee that Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson will be the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year.
Back in the fold
When Ferguson made his official comeback last year, he mostly kept to himself and avoided pretty much all public contact. However, during the European part of the Series, he became a bit more active on his Twitter.
Loving WSOPE! Trying to accomplish my Player of Year goals
— Chris Ferguson (@ChrisFerg1963) November 1, 2017
Also, it seems that the community, or at least some parts of it, is ready to forgive and move on.
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) November 2, 2017
Despite of everything that had happened, it is hard not to admire Ferguson’s efforts this year, as he must have been under tremendous pressure, playing against people many of whom didn’t want him at their tables whatsoever.
So, whether Ferguson’s involvement with the Full Tilt scandal was really marginal (as he always maintained) or there is no such a thing as karma – that’s up to you to decide.
One way or the other, it seems that this year’s Player of the Year race has found its winner in ‘resurrected’ Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson.
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