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Lock Poker 2013 Player Of The Year Update: Volpe Extends Lead, Visser Joins Top Ten

European Poker Tour London Event Has Huge Impact On POY Race

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

European Poker Tour London Main Event

Ruben VisserThe 2013 European Poker Tour London has definitely made its mark on this year’s POY race, causing a number of shifts towards the top of the leader board.

The marquee event of the series was of course the £5,250 no-limit hold’em main event, which drew 647 entrants to build a prize pool of $4,722,059 when converted to US dollars. From that massive field emerged Ruben Visser. The pro from The Netherlands earned $895,370 and 1,680 POY points for the win, climbing into eighth place in the overall standings as a result. This was his second final table of the series, having finished eighth in a prelim just days earlier.

Visser topped a tough final table that included Theo Jorgensen (4th – $275,383), Steve O’ Dwyer (5th – $219,704) and Chris Moorman (8th – $85,775).

European Poker Tour London Side Events

Current leader Paul VolpeA number of the side event also effected the POY race. The £10,300 no-limit hold’em high roller event drew 112 entrants. In the end Talal Shakerchi emerged victorious for $656,599 and 720 points, defeating Faraz Jaka heads-up. The fourth-place finisher, was none other than Paul Volpe, who is on a final-table tear. This was his third big top-four score in roughly a month, and as a result he has furthered his lead in the POY race. Volpe now sits with 3,230 points and $1,248,413 in year-to-date earnings.

A couple players moved into the top ten this week as a result of EPT side event scores including Dan Shak, who made his fourth final table of the year when he finished runner-up in the £10,300 eight-game championship. As a result, Shak now sits in 15th place in the overall standings.

Just ahead of him is Michael Watson. The Canadian climbed to the seven spot this week as a result of making two runner-up finishes, the first in a £2,100 no-limit hold’em event and the second in a £5,200 no-limit hold’em six-max event. Watson has made four final tables this year, with one win and year-to-date earnings of $689,490.

Here is a look at the current top twenty in the POY standings:

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Paul Volpe 3,230 $1,248,413
2 Dimitar Danchev 2,340 $1,903,452
3 Paul Klann 2,100 $1,004,090
3 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 Ruben Visser 1,716 $899,162
9 WeiKai Chang 1,680 $1,138,350
10 Michael Watson 1,554 $622,435
11 Jerry Wong 1,520 $725,000
11 Walid Habib 1,520 $647,863
13 Jim Anderson 1,480 $470,292
13 Jesse Yaginuma 1,480 $438,290
15 Daniel Shak 1,450 $901,440
16 Andy Hwang 1,440 $730,053
17 Patrik Antonius 1,400 $633,419
17 Mantas Visockis 1,400 $567,974
17 Joe Nguyen 1,400 $666,740
20 Igor Kurganov 1,340 $1,488,402