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Player of the Year -- Marvin Rettenmaier Into Third Place

Rettenmaier, Cajelais Make Moves At WPT Merit Cyprus Classic

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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 RettenmaierMarvin 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

Maxx DanskyA 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:

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Kyle Julius 3,752 $2,103,282
2 Dan Smith 3,488 $2,127,228
3 Marvin Rettenmaier 3,272 $1,872,791
4 Oliver Speidel 3,046 $1,767,371
5 Vadzim Kursevich 2,717 $1,355,584
6 Joe Kuether 2,716 $548,411
7 John Dibella 2,512 $1,781,418
8 Daniel Kelly 2,508 $766,317
9 Phil Ivey 2,495 $2,723,393
10 Davidi Kitai 2,474 $1,039,657
11 David Baker 2,385 $653,256
12 Sean Jazayeri 2,368 $1,423,911
13 Faraz Jaka 2,360 $899,277
14 Brendon Rubie 2,352 $482,480
15 Jonathan Duhamel 2,290 $1,345,366
16 Michael Mizrachi 2,270 $1,945,790
17 Tommy Vedes 2,216 $1,016,716
18 Shannon Shorr 2,200 $634,353
19 Andrew Chen 2,157 $1,036,843
20 Mohsin Charania 2,100 $1,785,780