2012 Player Of The Year Update: Tommy Vedes Into Top 20
Greg Raymer, Adam Levy and Daryll Fish Also Score Big
2012 Florida State Poker Championship
The Isle Casino in Pompano Beach, Florida played host to its 16-event Florida State Poker Championship series, which was highlighted by the $5,300 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event.
A total of 188 players turned out for the big one, building a $940,000 prize pool. The eventual champion was Brandon Barnes, who earned $215,500 and 672 POY points. A number of notable players made deep runs in the event, including Michah Raskin (7th – $34,780), Daryll Fish (6th – $44,650), Stuart Paterson (5th – $58,750), Tommy Vedes (4th – $94,340), Hans Winzeler (3rd – $151,000) and runner-up Adam ‘roothlus’ Levy ($187,000).
For his fourth-place finish, Tommy Vedes earned 336 POY points, moving into 17th place in the overall standings with 2,216 points and $1,016,716 in year-to-date earnings. This was Vedes’ fourth final table of the year, including his win at the 2012 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.
Heartland Poker Tour Albuquerque
The Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico played host to the Heartland Poker Tour $1,650 no-limit hold’em main event on July 30th. The $250,000 guaranteed-prizepool event attracted 131 entrants.
The last man standing was none other than 2004 World Series of Poker main event champion Greg Raymer. For the win, Raymer took home $71, 875 and 264 POY points. This was his sixth career title, bringing his lifetime tournament earnings to just under $7 million.
Raymer was not the only recognizable name to turn out for the event. Joining him where Allen Kessler and the highest-earning female player in tournament poker, Kathy Liebert.
Here is a look at the top twenty of the 2012 POY race:
|1||Chino Rheem and Erick Lindgren Lead World Poker Tour $25,000 Championship Main Event Final Table|
|2||Live Cash Game Stream Kicks Off Card Player Poker Tour Bike Stop|
|3||Online Poker Scandal: Annie Duke Responds To Leaked Russ Hamilton Audio Recording|
|4||Dan Shak Finishes Second In Tiger Woods' Charity Poker Tournament In Las Vegas|
|5||Family Facing Eviction Discovers They Had $4.85 Million Lotto Ticket Sitting In A Cookie Jar|
|6||A Poker Life -- Brian Hastings|
|7||Carnivale Of Poker Returns To 2013 World Series of Poker|
|8||Jamie Gold's World Series of Poker Main Event Bracelet Up For Auction|
|9||High-Stakes Online Poker: Gus Hansen Wins $1.7 Million This Week|
|10||Doyle Brunson Bows Out Of World Series Of Poker|
|1||Online Poker Scandal: Annie Duke Responds To Leaked Russ Hamilton Audio Recording|
|2||Jamie Gold's World Series of Poker Main Event Bracelet Up For Auction|
|3||Doyle Brunson Bows Out Of World Series Of Poker|
|4||Gambling Lawsuit: Did Ivey Notice Defective Cards At London Casino En Route To Winning $12 Million?|
|5||Ultimate Bet Cheating: Russ Hamilton Admits In Audio Recording, 'I Did Take This Money'|
|6||High-Stakes Online Poker: Gus Hansen Approaching $10 Million Lifetime Losses On Full Tilt|
|7||Nevada To Add Gambler To 'Black Book' For First Time In Nearly Four Years|
|8||Phil Ivey Sues London Casino For Allegedly Stiffing Him On $12.1 Million|
|9||A Look At The Ultimate Poker Software: Nevada's First Real Money Online Poker Room|
|10||High-Stakes Online Poker: Gus Hansen Now Down $6 Million Since The Fall|