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Hand For Hand Has Begun

With the elimination of Charles Matz in 49th place we are now just one away from the money and hand-for-hand play has begun. The next player eliminated will be the bubble person.

Lock Poker 2013 Player of the Year Update -- David Peters Climbs

A Look At The Biggest Poker Tournament Results Of The Week


With the World Poker Tour, World Series of Poker Circuit and the European Poker Tour all finishing off their seasons in the coming weeks in time for the World Series of Poker, this past week was almost the calm before the storm in the 2013 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by Lock Poker. While no major changes to the top twenty were made, plenty of money and POY points were awarded this week, and here is a look at the events that made the biggest impact on the POY race this week:

Italian Poker Tour San Remo

David PetersThe Italian Poker Tour San Remo marked the completion of the regional tour in grand style. The IPT saw a number of big events, but none bigger than the €2,200 ($2,620) no-limit hold’em main event, which drew 428 entrants to build a €830,320 ($1,088,612) prize pool. In the end the last man standing was Nicola Sasso, who earned €185,000 and 1,080 POY points, enough to put him into a tie for 48th place in the POY race.

Sasso defeated David Peters heads-up for the title after coming to a deal, sending the American poker pro home with €155,000 and 900 POY points. Peters had also finished runner-up in the €5,250 no-limit hold’em high roller event earlier in the week for €23,000.

With a third final table showing earlier in the year at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Peters has put together 1,160 POY points, supplanting Scott Seiver in 41st place in the overall POY standings.

World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia

Rex ClinkscalesAfter making 14 WSOP Circuit final tables and never emerging victorious, Las Vegas’ Rex Clinkscales finally removed himself from the top of the list of most final tables without a win on that tour when he took down the World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia $1,675 main event, topping a field of 351 entrants to win $121,095 and 600 POY points.

Clinkscales had already made three smaller final tables in 2013, but this is his first major title. Incredibly Ken Silberstein, the runner-up from 2012, finished third in the same event this year for $54,614.

In the preliminary events in Philly, Chris Reslock took down two events, earning his sixth and seventh WSOPC titles to become the all-time leader in the gold-ring race.

Here is a look at the top twenty in the 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