Jake Ferro Crowned WPT Season XIX Player of the Year

Three cashes, including one final table, proved enough for Jake Ferro to become the World Poker Tour Player of the Year for Season XIX.

Jacob “Jake” Ferro enjoyed a breakout year in 2021, which resulted in him becoming the World Poker Tour (WPT) Season XIX Player of the Year. Ferro started the year with $193,871 in winnings, but today boasts of $1,244,029 in earnings.

Ferro cashed in three WPT events, including one final table, for 1,550 points. His points tally beat Rok Gostisa, Chad Evelsage, and Brian Altman, who each accumulated 1,450 points.

His first WPT score came in the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Main Event. Ferro fell in 39th place for $15,690 and 50 Player of the Year points. Then-reigning Player of the Year, Bran Altman, won that tournament for $613,225.

The New Yorker ended 2021 on a real high. First, he finished as runner-up to Gediminas Uselis in the $3,500 WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open. That impressive result netted Ferro a career-best $573,605 plus 1,200 leaderboard points.

He entered the $10,400 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio, Las Vegas. His 14th place finish came with $80,245 and 300 POY points, which proved enough to become the Season XIX champion.

Ferro Thrilled With Player of the Year Gong

Ferro is delighted with becoming the WPT Season XIX Player of the Year. In addition to bags of kudos, Ferro secured a $15,000 WPT Passport for the upcoming season.

“I’m thrilled to have won WPT Player of the Year for Season XIX and am definitely looking forward to playing more World Poker Tour events in 2022. It would have been a drea come true to have etched my name on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup, but coming so close only makes me hungirer for the coming season.”

WPT CEO Adam Pliska praised Ferro’s determination in the final World Poker Tour event of the season.

“The WPT Player of the Year race came down to the wire and Jake’s determination in the final event makes him a fantastic winner. It was an exciting way to close out Season XIX and certainly raises the bar for what will be a historic 20th anniversary season.”

WPT Season XIX Player of the Year Top 10

Place Player Points Earnings Cashes Final Tables Titles
1 Jake Ferro 1,550 $669,540 3 1 0
2 Rok Gostisa 1,450 $965,663 2 1 1
3 Chad Eveslage 1,450 $916,840 2 1 1
4 Brian Altman 1,450 $662,389 3 1 1
5 Taylor Black 1,400 $1,241,430 3 1 1
6 Gediminas Uselis 1,400 $783,505 3 1 0
7 Vik Shegal 1,250 $839,295 3 1 0
8 Christian Rudolph 1,250 $685,356 3 1 1
9 Mike Liang 1,250 $645,780 3 1 0
10 David Peters 1,200 $660,482 3 0 0

Gostisa, Eveslage, and Altman tied for second place regarding points earned. However, the WPT separated the trio using prize money earned during the season.

Slovenia’s Gostisa became the official runner-up using this tie-breaker. Gostisa won the WPT World Online Championships Main Event at partypoker for $959,493. A min-cash in the season-ended WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roller was his other in-the-money finish. Gostisa receives a $7,500 WPT Passport for his troubles.

Evelsage’s outright victory in the WPT Venetian Main Event was enough to secure third place. Eveslage reeled in a $910,370 score for his victory. He banks a $2,500 WPT Passport for his third-place in the Player of the Year race.

WPT Season XX Begins January 21

The 20th season of the World Poker Tour gets underway from January 21. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood plays host to the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

This $3,500 buy-in tournament proved extremely popular in January 2021. It attracted 1,573 players and paid out $5,033,600, despite the $1 million guarantee. The tournament ended in a three-way chop, which saw Ronnie Bardah finish third for $566,135. Robel Andemichael finished second for $545,500, with Ilyas Muradi winning for $620,000.

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