Arieh had the finest series of his more than 20-year career, which includes multiple final tables, two bracelet victories, and a $2.5 million payday for finishing third in the 2004 main event.
Since 2004, Arieh has been the recipient of the customary POY leaderboard, which has been given to one excellent performance each year. This year, the WSOP introduced Velo No Limits, a distinct POY ranking that solely records finishes in no-limit hold’em bracelet events. In that race, Scott Ball, who has won two NLH bracelets, is in the driver’s seat.
Given his relaxed playing schedule, the Atlanta-based poker player wasn’t a favorite for the championship. In fact, he returned home to Georgia for a little vacation during the series, and only began to really grind for the points after winning his third career bracelet in the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event, pocketing $204,766.
Arieh went on to win his fourth bracelet and $484,791 in the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better tournament. That victory came only one day after he placed sixth in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, bringing his total to $161,422.
Overall, the 47-year-old won $1,168,126 in 12 tournaments, including seven top-10 finishes. He also achieved it in a variety of ways, winning in both hold’em and mixed game tournaments, as well as lesser buy-ins and high rollers. Arieh even reached the final table of an online bracelet tournament.
As a consequence, he edged out Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu for the title, defeating Hellmuth’s record seven final tables and Negreanu’s 18 cashes.
Arieh told PokerNews, “It’s simply incredibly awesome.” “I develop momentum in my entire life and profession, no matter what I do.” So when I’m on my game, I’m on my game. When I’m having a terrible day, I’m having a very horrible day. [Winning Player of the Year] means a lot to me because it will make my girls very pleased.”