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
European Poker Tour London Main Event
The 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
A 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:
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