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Lock Poker 2013 Player Of The Year Update -- Paul Klann and Paul Volpe Make Moves

WPT L.A. Poker Classic Rearranges The Top Ten


A number of big events have made their presence felt this week in the 2013 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by Lock Poker. Here’s a look at those that made the largest impact:

World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic

Paul KlannA total of 517 players turned out for the 2013 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event, building the largest prize pool so far of the WPT’s 11th season: $4,963,200. After six long days of play Paul Klann emerged victorious, earning $1,004,090 and 2,100 POY points for the win. As a result the 41-year-old from Richmond, British Columbia has been catapulted into a tie for second place in the POY race with Aussie Millions champion Mervin Chen.

Klann defeated online tournament pro Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe heads-up for the title. Volpe earned $651,170 and 1,750 POY points for his runner-up finish, climbing into a tie for sixth place in the POY standings with Aussie Millions runner-up Joe Cabret. Third place finisher in the LAPC Jesse Yaginuma also found himself in a tie in the POY standings as a result, sharing the tenth spot with Jim Anderson. This was Yaginuma’s second final table showing of 2013, brignign his year-to-date earnings to $438,290 and his POY point total to 1,480.

Eighth-place finisher David Tuthill fell short of the televised final table, but the recent World Series of Poker Circuit Caesars Palace main event champion earned $128,550 and 350 POY points, climbing to 17th place in the POY race.

2013 Chicago Poker Classic

The Horseshoe Casino just outside of Chicago in Hammond, Indiana just completed it’s annual Chicago Poker Classic series, highlighted by the $3,200 no-limit hold’em championship event which drew 392 entries and built a $1,200,720 prize pool. Blake Bohn was the last player standing, earning $288,171 and 900 POY points for the win. As a result the Eden Prairie, Minnesota resident climbed into 33rd place in the overall POY rankings as a result. Current 27th-ranked POY contender Ravi Raghavan fell just short of picking up more points, bubbling the final table for $22,754.

Here is a look at the top twenty of the POY as it currently stands:

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Dimitar Danchev 2,280 $1,859,000
2 Paul Klann 2,100 $1,004,090
2 Mervin Chan 2,100 $1,689,118
4 Joel Micka 1,996 $1,198,640
5 Remi Castaignon 1,824 $1,050,220
6 Paul Volpe 1,750 $651,170
6 Joe Cabret 1,750 $1,055,699
8 Jerry Wong 1,520 $725,000
8 Walid Habib 1,520 $647,863
10 Jim Anderson 1,480 $470,292
10 Jesse Yaginuma 1,480 $438,290
12 Daniel Shak 1,450 $901,440
13 Andy Hwang 1,440 $730,053
14 Patrik Antonius 1,400 $633,419
15 Igor Kurganov 1,340 $1,488,402
16 Jeffrey Fielder 1,264 $355,771
17 David Tuthill 1,262 $351,747
18 Vanessa Selbst 1,260 $1,424,420
19 Roberto Romeo 1,216 $375,078
20 Vladimir Troyanovskiy 1,200 $1,049,760