Lock Poker 2013 Player of the Year Update --Top Twenty Shaken Up As January Ends
A Look At The Players Who Made Moves In The POY Race This Week
NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
The NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship invitational returned for 2013, once again drawing 64 of the games’ best players and biggest personalities, each posting $25,000 to participate. The last player standing was Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, capturing his first title roughly five years. For the win Matusow earned 504 POY points and $750,000. Runner-up Phil Hellmuth continued with his 2012 hot streak, earning $300,000 for his deep run. Last year Hellmuth finished 8th in the POY race, but is surely looking to improve on that finish.
Scott Seiver, fresh off his $2 million win in the $100,000 buy-in PokerStars Caribbean Adventure super high roller, made a semifinal run, earning another $100,000 and 294 POY points. As a result, Seiver moved into 13th place in the overall standings with 894 points and $2,103,480 in year-to-date earnings.
Fallsview Poker Classic
The Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Canada played host to a number of sizable tournaments last week as a part of their 2013 Fallsview Poker Classic, and a number of the winners have found themselves in the mix in the POY race as a result.
The first event was a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament that drew 600 entrants. Carol Hewitt-Misener emerged victorious with $153,942 and 840 POY, climbing into a four-way tie for 16th-place in the overall standings as a result.
The second event was a $2,500 buy-in that attracted 454 players. Joe Ardagna came out on top for $305,246 and 1,080 POY points, catapulting him into seventh place in the POY standings.
Finally, the main event was a $5,000 buy-in with 146 entrants. Nicolas Petrina was the eventual champion, scoring $203,577 and 576 points for the win. He now sits in 37th place in the POY rankings.
Beau Rivage’s Million Dollar Heater
A total of 255 players turned out for the 2013 Million Dollar Heater $2,500 buy-in main event at Biloxi, Mississippi’s Beau Rivage Resort Casino, building a prize pool of $618,375. The last player standing was tournament pro Ty Reiman, known as “puffinmypurp” online.
For the win the Morton, Illinois resident earned $185,510 and 612 POY points. As a result, Reiman now sits in 32nd place in the overall standings, increasing his career live tournament earnings to more than $2.5 million. Reiman also has online tournament earnings in excess of $1.6 million.
Here is a look at the top twenty in the Player of the Year race:
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