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Lock Poker 2013 Player of the Year Update -- Haigh and Pidun Into Top Ten

EPT Berlin and WPT bestebet Jacksonville Award Plenty of Money and POY Points


From Germany to Florida, a number of big poker events made their presence felt in 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 POY race this week:

European Poker Tour Berlin

Daniel-Gai PidunA total of 912 entries were made in the 2013 European Poker Tour Berlin €5,000 no-limit hold’em main event, building a prize pool of €3,865,000 ($5,798,029 US). As a result of this strong turnout, eventual champion Daniel-Gai Pidun was awarded a massive €825,000 ($1,153,523 US) first-place prize and 1,824 POY points.

As a result, the German player was catapulted into a tie for 10th place in the overall standings with EPT Deauville champ Remi Castaignon.

Pidun defeated fellow German Robert Haigh heads-up for the title. Haigh earned $696,047 and 1,520 POY points for his runner-up finish. Haigh took down a €1,000 no-limit hold’em bounty prelim event at the EPT Deauville festival in February, and as a result of these two scores he has climbed into ninth place in the POY rankings with 1,856 total points and year-to-date tournament earnings of $727,269.

World Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville

Michael LinsterThe 2013 World Poker Tour bestbest Jacksonville $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event attracted 351 entrants, building a total prize pool of $1,123,700. The lion’s share of that went to Michael Linster, who earned $322,021 and 900 POY points for emerging victorious.

Incredibly, this was Linster’s third title from four final table showings in 2013. Linster won two smaller prelims and finished runner-up in another at the Borgata Winter Poker Open. As a result of these four scores Linster has climbed to 17th place in the overall POY standings with 1,608 points and $415,390 in year-to-date earnings.

Linster survived a tough field, with many notables making deep runs including Tony Cousineau (7th – $35,691), Benjamin Zamani (9th – $18,669), Matthew Salsberg (10th – $14,277), Daniel Buzgon (12th – $14,277), Raj Vohra (14th – $11,531), David Sands (20th – $8,236), Matt Giannetti (22nd – $8,236) and Anthony Spinella (23rd – $8,236).

Here is a look at the top twenty as it currently stands in the 2013 POY race:

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Paul Volpe 3,230 $1,248,413
2 Dimitar Danchev 2,340 $1,903,452
3 Kevin Eyster 2,280 $746,247
4 Paul Klann 2,100 $1,004,090
4 Mervin Chan 2,100 $1,689,118
6 Joel Micka 1,996 $1,198,640
7 Daniel Negreanu 1,896 $1,104,256
8 Daniel Shak 1,880 $948,301
9 Robert Haigh 1,856 $727,269
10 Remi Castaignon 1,824 $1,050,220
10 Daniel-Gai Pidun 1,824 $1,153,523
12 Michael Watson 1,754 $689,490
13 Joe Cabret 1,750 $1,055,699
14 Ruben Visser 1,716 $899,162
15 WeiKai Chang 1,680 $1,138,350
16 Ben Tarzia 1,625 $428,726
17 Michael Linster 1,608 $415,390
18 Jerry Wong 1,520 $725,000
18 Walid Habib 1,520 $647,863
20 Daniel Marton 1,500 $667,592