Player of the Year -- Marvin Rettenmaier Into Third Place
Rettenmaier, Cajelais Make Moves At WPT Merit Cyprus Classic
Marvin Rettenmaier, one of the top performers on the tournament circuit over the past two years, has made another big move in the 2012 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by Lock Poker. Here is a look at that event and all the other tournaments that made the biggest impact on the race in the past week:
2012 WPT Merit Cyprus Classic
Marvin Rettenmaier made history this week when he became the first player ever to win back-to-back World Poker Tour main events. The young German emerged victorious in the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic, the first event of WPT season XI, after winning the WPT Championship $25,000 main event that closed season X in May.
Rettenmaier topped a field of 329 en route to his momentous win, earning the $287,784 first-place prize and 720 POY points. As a result he climbed into third place in the overall standings with 3,272 points and $1,872,791 in year-to-date earnings. This was Rettenmaier’s third title of the year, and sixth final table finish as well.
Erik Cajelais finished seventh for $43,690 and 180 points, moving him into 27th place in the rankings for making his fourth final table appearance of 2012.
Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw Main Event
A total of 800 players posted the $1,080 buy-in in the inaugural Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw main event, building a $760,000 prize pool that blew away the event’s $500,000 guarantee.
After four long days of play, 25-year-old poker pro Maxx Dansky emerged victorious, taking home the $152,008 first-place prize, 912 POY points and the championship bracelet.
Danksy had final tabled a $600 no-limit event at the Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza III earlier this summer, and as a result of both scores now sits in 155th place in the overall standings.
2012 World Poker Open
The $3,150 no-limit hold’em main event at the 2012 World Poker Open at the Gold Strike Casino drew 158 players to battle it out over the $500,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Galen Kester was the last man standing, earning $165,000 and 432 POY points.
Current 35th ranked POY contender John Dolan improved to that spot with an 8th place finish in this event, his third final table finish of the year.
Here is a look at the top twenty of the 2012 POY race:
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|2||'Invisible Ink' Poker Cheat Banned From Connecticut Casinos|
|3||Gambler Finally Hits Vegas Slot Machine That Hadn't Paid Out Jackpot In 15 Years|
|4||Four Elderly Men Accused Of Palming, Swapping Cards At Minnesota Poker Table|
|5||91-Year-Old WWII Veteran Attacked, Robbed Of Casino Winnings, Police Say|
|6||Pennsylvania Supreme Court: $75K Mandatory Fine For Poker Dealer Who Stole $200 Is Unconstitutional|
|7||SLS Las Vegas To Open Tonight At Midnight|
|8||Maryland Casino Says Former Employee Stole 'Highly Confidential' List Of High Rollers|
|9||Man Robs Casino, Tries To Get Away By Hitchhiking, Police Say|
|10||Poker Strategy With Gavin Griffin: Interesting Decisions|
|1||Former Roulette Dealer Faces Criminal Charges For Telling Gambler About 'Lucky Number'|
|2||Aces Crack Aces In $1 Million Buy-In Poker Event|
|3||Phil Ivey's Alleged Accomplice In Borgata 'Cheating' Case Also 'Edge-Sorted' At Foxwoods|
|4||Gus Hansen Nears $20 Million In Web Poker Losses|
|5||Atlantic City's Most Expensive Casino Ever Built To Close Next Month After Horrendous Two-Year Failure|
|6||'Invisible Ink' Poker Cheat Banned From Connecticut Casinos|
|7||Real-Money Online Poker Coming To California This Month, Tribal Gaming Regulator Says|
|8||Dan Cates Accidentally Flew To Airport In San Jose, CA Rather Than Airport In San José Del Cabo, Mexico|
|9||Steven Seagal Stars In New Poker Movie|
|10||A Poker Life: Jennifer Tilly|