Jake Ferro is the Season XIX Player of the Year despite not winning a World Poker Tour (WPT) event. Ferro earned a total of $669,540 from three cashes during the COVID-shortened 2021 season. Despite the fact that he didn’t win a WPT trophy, he finished second in two big tournaments.
Brian Altman, the reigning POY champion, began the year exactly where he left off before the outbreak. The New Englander took home $613,225 in the opening tournament of the season, the $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, beating out a field of 1,165 competitors. He went on to win two more tournaments and earn 1,450 Player of the Year points.
Altman had another strong season on the World Poker Tour, winning three championships in total, one less than Darren Elias, the all-time leader. After everything was said and done, Ferro had 1,550 points, 100 more than Altman, and was named WPT Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
Ferro, like Altman, had a strong showing in the WPT Tampa event in June, finishing 39th for $15,690. In November, he’d have even more success — much more success — in the $3,500 buy-in Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open in South Florida.
Ferro came in second place for $573,605 in a field of 1,566 players, far and by the greatest payday of his poker career. Gediminas Uselis, who also won the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) in 2021, took home the prize pool of $778,490.
Ferro’s outstanding performance did not end in Florida. He hit the big time again in December, this time at the Bellagio in Las Vegas in the famous $10,400 buy-in WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. The freshly crowned Player of the Year finished 14th out of 716 competitors, earning another $80,245.
“I’m ecstatic to have earned WPT Player of the Year for Season XIX, and I’m looking forward to competing in more World Poker Tour events in 2022,” stated Ferro. “It would have been a dream come true to have my name carved on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup, but coming so close just makes me more excited for the season ahead.”
Ferro has never cashed in a World Poker Tour event before the start of Season XIX. During the calendar year 2021, he won $1,050,000 in all live tournaments. According to The Hendon Mob, he earned a total of $190,000 between 2008 and 2020.