Player of the Year Update -- Joe Kuether And Tim West Win
Shannon Schorr, Brendon Rubie and Sean Jazayeri Make Moves In Top 20
The World Series of Poker may have come to a close with the setting of the main event final table earlier this week, but the poker tournament circuit marched on with a number of big events concluding this week making a huge impact on the 2012 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by Lock Poker. Here is a look at the most influential events from the past week:
2012 Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III
The event attracted a 398-player field, building a total prize pool of $1,850,700. Lock Poker team pro Tim West earned $444,165 in prize money and 1,200 POY points for emerging victorious, moving into 94th place in the overall POY rankings as a result of this sizable score.
West had to overcome a tough field, with a slew of notables making deep finishes including Dennis Phillips (36th – $12,955), Joe Elpayaa (26th – $15,731), Men “The Master” Nguyen (24th – $15,731), Steve Brecher (22nd – $15,731), Todd Terry (20th – $15,731), Galen Hall (19th – $15,731), Jon Van Fleet (15th – $26,465), Tony Cousineau (14th – $26,465), Cliff Josephy (13th – $26,465), Kevin Saul (8th – $51,820), William Reynolds (5th – $94,386), Shannon Shorr (4th – $125,848), and runner-up Caio Pimenta (2nd – $269,462).
Fourth place finisher Shannon Shorr also made a big move up the POY leaderboard with his 600 point score from this event. This was Shorr’s fourth final table appearance of the year, with his biggest score being a third-place finish in the huge WSOP $10,000 six-max no-limit hold’em championship for $455,362 and 1,200 points. As a result, Shorr now sits in 17th place in the overall standings with 2,200 total points and $634,353 in year-to-date earnings.
A few other POY contenders made scores in the last few events at the Deepstack Extravaganza III, including Joe Kuether who won a $600 buy-in no-limit hold’em event with 377 entrants for $46,954 and 300 points. This was Kuether’s fourth title of the year, and his 11th final-table finish. As a result, Kuether climbed into fifth place in the overall POY standings with 2,716 total points and $548,411 in year-to-date earnings.
Australia’s Brendon Rubie finished runner-up in another $600 buy-in no-limit hold’em event with 421 entrants for $31,682 and 300 points. This was Rubie’s third final table finish of the year, including a win in a $1,000 prelim event at the Aussie Millions. As a result, Rubie has rocketed into the 14th spot in the overall standings.
Bellagio Cup VIII Main Event
The $10,000 buy-in Bellagio Cup VIII main event drew 126 entrants, building a $1,222,200 prize pool. Jess Yawitz emerged victorious, capturing $291,505 and 660 POY points for the win, moving into 176th place in the overall standings as a result.
Yawitz overcame a number of notables who made deep runs in this event, including Cornel Cimpan (16th – $13,164), William Thorson (15th – $14,360), Sam Stein (14th -$14,360), David Sands (12th – $15,557), Lee Markholt (9th – $19,147), Aaron Been (8th – $26,926), Kory Kilpatrick (7th – $38,893), Sean Jazayeri (6th – $50,860) and Eric Panayiotou (3rd – $228,845).
For his sixth place finish, 2012 WPT L.A. Poker Classic champion Sean Jazayeri moved into 12th place in the overall standings. This was his third final-table finish, with $1,423,911 in year-to-date earnings.
Here is a look at the top-ten of the 2012 POY race:
|1||Poker Hand Of The Week: 12/5/13|
|2||Men Of Action: Bob Stupak|
|3||Dan Bilzerian Says He Won $10.8 Million Playing Heads-Up Poker At Stakes $5,000-$10,000|
|4||Google Glass Could Help Poker Cheats|
|5||Hansen In The Abyss $15 Million On Full Tilt Poker|
|6||Poker Pro Fends Off Two Robberies In One Day|
|7||A Poker Life: Steven Silverman|
|8||Crazy Gambling Stories From November|
|9||Poker's Thankful: Great Suckouts From 2013|
|10||Bryan Devonshire: It Can Always Get Worse|
|1||Dan Bilzerian Says He Won $10.8 Million Playing Heads-Up Poker At Stakes $5,000-$10,000|
|2||Hansen In The Abyss $15 Million On Full Tilt Poker|
|3||Poker Pro Fends Off Two Robberies In One Day|
|4||Poker's Thankful: Great Suckouts From 2013|
|5||Bryan Devonshire: It Can Always Get Worse|
|6||New Jersey Sees Full Launch Of Web Poker|
|7||Jay Farber Says He Is Buying A House, Ferrari And Aston Martin With His Poker Winnings|
|8||Borgata Allowing I-Poker Signups Ahead Of Launch|
|9||$14 Million In Full Tilt Poker Losses For Gus Hansen|
|10||Noah Schwartz Thinks Jay Farber Should Get 'AA' Or 'Lucksac.com' Tattoo|