Player of the Year Update -- Phil Ivey and Others Make Moves At WSOP
Big Names Climb The Rankings With WSOP Scores
A total of 22 events are now in the books at the 2012 World Series of Poker , and with so many huge events running all day every day, the WSOP has already had a big impact on the Card Player Player of the Year race sponsored by Lock Poker. Plenty of big names made moves up the leaderboard this week, including Phil Ivey, Andy Frankenberger, Matt Matros and Amanda Musumeci. Find out how they made their move with this list of the biggest results from the early events at the WSOP:
WSOP Event 19 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Cliff Goldkind topped a 2,302-player field to win the latest World Series of Poker $1,500 no-limit hold’em event, capturing his first WSOP gold bracelet, the $559,514 first-place prize and 1,080 POY points, moving him into 55th place in the overall standings when combined with his final table at a WSOP Circuit prelim event at Harrah’s Chester earlier this year.
After finding his way through the massive field, Goldkind defeated a tough final table that featured David Peters, who finished seventh for $70,886 and Card Player Publisher Barry Shulman, who was eliminated in eighth place to earn $53,669 and 180 POY points. Shulman was looking win his third WSOP bracelet, with prior in the 2009 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event and another bracelet in a 2001 $1,500 seven-card stud eight-or-better event.
In addition to expanding his own decorated record, Shulman also had a chance to make history with his son and Card Player CEO Jeff Shulman, who was simultaneously playing at the final table of the $5,000 limit hold’em final table. The 2009 November Niner ultimately finished in third place in that event for $92,562 and 416 POY points.
WSOP Event 17 – $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em
Andy Frankenberger defeated Phil Ivey heads-up to win the WSOP $10,000 pot-limit hold’em championship. For outlasting the tough 179-player field, Frankenberger received his second gold bracelet in as many years, the $445,899 first-place prize and 780 POY points, moving him into 76th place in the overall POY standings.
In addition to defeating Ivey heads-up, Frankenberger also outlasted a number of other tough players at the final table, including Ali Eslami, Shaun Deeb, Matt Marafioti and Hoyt Corkins. This was Frankenberger’s third final table of 2012. The former equity trader also made the quarterfinals of the WSOP $3,000 no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha heads-up event, capturing $28,409 and 210 POY points for that deep run.
For his runner-up finish, Ivey was awarded $275,559 and 650 POY points, which moved him into 34th place in the standings. This was Ivey’s third final table of the year, including a $2,058,948 win in the Aussie Millions $250,000 buy-in super high roller.
This most recent deep run brought Ivey’s lifetime tournament earnings to more than $16 million. He leap-frogged Daniel Negreanu into second place on the all-time money list.
WSOP Event 16 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed
Matt Matros won the WSOP $1,500 no-limit hold’em six-max event to capture his third gold bracelet in as many years. The New York-based professional and Card Player columnist has incredibly obtained one gold bracelet each summer in 2010, 2011 and now in 2012.
Matros topped a 1,604-player field to capture the bracelet, the $454,835 first-place prize and 1,080 POY points, moving him into 59th place in the overall standings. Runner-up Mark Radoja earned $281,502 and 900 POY points for his deep run.
Matros outlasted a tough final few tables that featured fellow Card Player columnist Matt Glantz (7th – $40,059) and Mike Matusow (8th -$40,059). As a result, he has now joined the elite 25-member club of three-time bracelet winners that includes names like Chip Reese, Barry Greenstein, Chau Giang and a host of other legends of the game.
WSOP Event 11 – $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
Vincent Van der Fluit topped an international final table represented by five different countries in the WSOP $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event. For the victory, the Dutchman picked up $265,211, his first WSOP gold bracelet and 912 POY points. He now sits in 44th place in the overall standings, with two titles and three final tables this year, totaling $297,137 in year-to-date earnings.
WSOP Event 9 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry
Ashkan Razavi topped the WSOP $1,500 no-limit hold’em re-entry event, earning his first gold bracelet, the $781,398 first prize and 1,200 POY points. As a result, Razavi has moved into a tie for 50th place in the overall POY standings. The 30-year-old poker pro topped the largest field for a WSOP $1,500 buy-in in the last four years, with a total of 3,404 entrants building a massive $4,595,400 prize pool.
Razavi defeated Amanda Musumeci heads-up for the title. The Philadelphia-based pro took home $481,398 and 1,000 POY points as consolation. As a result of this deep run and two prior final tables, Musumeci now sits in 41st place in the overall standings
Here is a look at the top ten in the 2012 Player of the Year race:
|Rank||Player||POY Points||Titles||Final Tables||POY Winnings|
|1||Online Poker Scandal: Annie Duke Responds To Leaked Russ Hamilton Audio Recording|
|2||Dan Shak Finishes Second In Tiger Woods' Charity Poker Tournament In Las Vegas|
|3||A Poker Life -- Brian Hastings|
|4||Jamie Gold's World Series of Poker Main Event Bracelet Up For Auction|
|5||High-Stakes Online Poker: Gus Hansen Wins $1.7 Million This Week|
|6||Doyle Brunson Bows Out Of World Series Of Poker|
|7||Final Table Set In European Poker Tour €100,000 Super High Roller|
|8||Tiger Woods To Host Poker Tournament In Las Vegas|
|9||Gambling Lawsuit: Did Ivey Notice Defective Cards At London Casino En Route To Winning $12 Million?|
|10||Ultimate Bet Cheating: Russ Hamilton Admits In Audio Recording, 'I Did Take This Money'|
|1||Jamie Gold's World Series of Poker Main Event Bracelet Up For Auction|
|2||Doyle Brunson Bows Out Of World Series Of Poker|
|3||Gambling Lawsuit: Did Ivey Notice Defective Cards At London Casino En Route To Winning $12 Million?|
|4||Ultimate Bet Cheating: Russ Hamilton Admits In Audio Recording, 'I Did Take This Money'|
|5||High-Stakes Online Poker: Gus Hansen Approaching $10 Million Lifetime Losses On Full Tilt|
|6||Nevada To Add Gambler To 'Black Book' For First Time In Nearly Four Years|
|7||Phil Ivey Sues London Casino For Allegedly Stiffing Him On $12.1 Million|
|8||A Look At The Ultimate Poker Software: Nevada's First Real Money Online Poker Room|
|9||High-Stakes Online Poker: Gus Hansen Now Down $6 Million Since The Fall|
|10||Ben Tollerene Talks About Losing $1.7 Million In Single Session To Viktor Blom|