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Lock Poker 2013 Player of the Year Update -- Volpe Takes The Lead

Back-To-Back WPT Final Tables Propel Volpe Into Top Spot


Things were really shaken up this week on the 2013 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by Lock Poker. Here is a look at the events that made the biggest impact on the race:

Paul VolpeWorld Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star

A total of 643 entries were made in the 2013 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star $7,500 main event, building a prizepool of $4,597,450. After four days of play, the huge field was whittled down to a final table of six. The last player standing was WeiKai Chang, and for the win he earned $1,138,350 and 1,680 POY points, climbing to eighth place in the overall standings.

Chang was far from the only player at this final table to make moves inside the POY top ten. Just over a week after entering the WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table with the chip lead, Paul Volpe found himself in the same position in this event. Volpe finished runner-up at the LAPC, and eventually busted from this event in third place. As a result of his impressive back-to-back performance, Volpe has overtaken the lead in the POY race with 2,870 total points and year-to-date earnings of $1,086,780.

Runner-up in Joe Nguyen climbed to 15th in the rankings, while former WPT champion Erik Seidel finished fourth for $295,590. This was Seidel’s second final table of the year, and as a result he’s climbed to 25th place in the POY race.

Joseph MckeehenWorld Series of Poker Circuit Caesars Atlantic City

The 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit Caesars Atlantic City $1,675 main event drew 540 entries to build a prize pool of $810,000. In the end, Joseph Mckeehen of North Wales, PA emerged victorious, earning the title, the $174,147 first-place prize and 840 POY points. As a result, the 21-year-old college student has climbed into an eight-way tie for 46th place in the overall standings.

Notables who made deep runs in this event include Allie Prescott (9th – $16,160), Tom Dobrilovic (14th – $10,660) Joseph Stuer (19th – $7,412) and Matt Glantz (27th – $5,427).

Here is a look at the top twenty in the POY race:

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Paul Volpe 2,870 $1,086,780
2 Dimitar Danchev 2,280 $1,859,000
3 Paul Klann 2,100 $1,004,090
4 Mervin Chan 2,100 $1,689,118
5 Joel Micka 1,996 $1,198,640
6 Remi Castaignon 1,824 $1,050,220
7 Joe Cabret 1,750 $1,055,699
8 WeiKai Chang 1,680 $1,138,350
9 Jerry Wong 1,520 $725,000
10 Walid Habib 1,520 $647,863
11 Jim Anderson 1,480 $470,292
12 Jesse Yaginuma 1,480 $438,290
13 Daniel Shak 1,450 $901,440
14 Andy Hwang 1,440 $730,053
15 Patrik Antonius 1,400 $633,419
16 Joe Nguyen 1,400 $666,740
17 Igor Kurganov 1,340 $1,488,402
18 Jeffrey Fielder 1,264 $355,771
19 David Tuthill 1,262 $351,747
20 Vanessa Selbst 1,260 $1,424,420