Lock Poker 2013 Player of the Year Update -- Kevin Eyster Climbs To Third
WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown Has Big Impact On Top Twenty
From Asia to Florida, major events made an impact 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 impression on the race this week:
World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown
Kevin Eyster has topped a field of 542 players at the 2013 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown. In doing so he earned his first major live tournament title, the first-place prize of $660,395 and 1,680 Player of the Year (POY) points. Eyster finished runner-up in the World Series of Poker Circuit main event at The Lodge Casino in Black Hawk, CO just weeks earlier. These two huge finishes have seen the Colorado native climb into third place in the overall POY standings, with 2,280 total points so far and $746,247 in year-to-date earnings.
Eyster defeated Ben Tarzia heads-up for the title. Tarzia earned $389,750 and 1,400 POY points for the runner-up finish, just weeks after finishing seventh in the WPT Lucky Hearts Open in February at the very same casino, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. As a result of these two final tables Tarzia finds himself sitting in 14th place in the POY standings.
Asian Poker Tour Philippines
The 2013 Asian Poker Tour Philippines at the Resorts World Manila Casino played host to a gigantic $1,000,000 HKD ($128,799 USD) buy-in event known as the Manila Millions Super High Roller. A total of 18 entries were made, building a prize pool of $3,123,390.
In the end the last player standing was American Joseph Cheong, who earned $10,428,000 HKD ($1,343,122 USD) and 600 POY points. Just a week earlier Cheong had finished runner-up in the $50,000 AUD high roller at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific, for $534,776 and 425 points. As a result of these two high roller scores, Cheong now sits in 48th place in the overall standings, with year-to-date earnings of $1,877,898.
Cheong now has $7,981,768 in career live tournament earnings, putting him in 30th place all time right behind Jason Mercier. This number is even more impressive considering that he has only been playing on the live tournament circuit since the middle of 2009.
World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Blair Hinkle has won his second World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event title, topping a field of 367 entrants to win $121,177 and 600 POY points. He also made a final table earlier in the month, finishing ninth in a $1,000 no-limit hold’em main event at the Mid-States Poker Tour Meskwaki Casino. As a result of these two scores he now sits in 139th place in the overall standings.
Hinkle took down this very same event in 2010, and is the only player in the history of the WSOP Circuit to achieve this feat of winning the same main event twice.
With this most recent score the 27-year-old professional poker player from Kansas City, Missouri’s live tournament winnings now exceed $1.6 million.
Here is a look at the POY top twenty as it currently stands:
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