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Lock Poker 2013 Player of the Year Update -- Daniel Negreanu Takes The Lead

Top Twenty Is Majorly Shaken Up As WSOP Reaches Climax

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With all of the bracelet events at the 2013 World Series of Poker in the books, outside of the main event, we now have a clearer picture of the landscape at the top of the leader board in the 2013 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by Lock Poker, heading into the second half of the year. Here is a look at the events that have made the biggest impact this past week:

WSOP Event 59 – $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball

Daniel NegreanuEvent no. 59, the $2,500 triple draw lowball tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker, attracted 282 runners, creating a total prize pool of $641,550. In the end the last player standing was none other than high-stakes regular Eli Elezra. For the win he took home $173,236 and 684 POY points.

Elezra defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up for the title. Negreanu earned $107,055 and 570 points for his runner-up finish. This was Negreanu’s fifth final table of 2013, with a number of huge scores including a win in the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific main event for over $1 million, a fourth-place finish in the European Poker Tour Grand Final main event and a seventh-place finish in the $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Championship main event.

As a result of all of these scores Negreanu has overtaken the lead in the POY race with 3,768 points and $1,765,118 in year-to-date earnings. Negreanu won the Player of the Year title in 2004, meaning that if he were able to hold onto his lead and earn that title again he would join Men Nguyen, David Pham and T.J. Cloutier as a multiple Card Player Player of the Year winner.

Scott Seiver also made this final table, finishing sixth. This was his sixth final table showing of 2013. As a result, he now sits in 20th place in the overall standings with 2,078 and year-to-date earnings of $2,669,155.

WSOP Event 60 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Loni HarwoodLoni Harwood became the second female player to win an open bracelet event when the 23-year-old professional poker player from Staten Island, New York, topped a field of 2,541 in event no. 60, a $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament. For the win she earned $609,017 and 1,200.

This was Harwood’s third final table and sixth cash of the summer. Harwood finished sixth in the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better event for $39,803 and last week finished fourth in a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event for $210,456. The upshot of her hot summer streak is that Harwood now sits in 17th-place in the POY race with 2,104 points and year-to-date earnings of $859,276.

Prior to this summer, Harwood’s largest live tournament score was for $30,994, when she won a $300 WSOP Circuit event at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in 2012.

WSOP Event 57 – $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em

A total of 784 players turned out in event no. 57, a $5,000 no-limit hold’em event, building a prize pool of over $3.6 million. British pro Matt Perrins emerged victorious,
taking home his second bracelet, $792,275 and 1,824 points. Perrins climbed to 32nd-place in the overall standings as a result, but he was far from the only player to make a big move in the POY race as a result of this event.

Third-place finisher Seth Berger earned $315,529 and 1,216 for his deep run. Berger had previously finished runner-up in event no. 3 this summer, taking home $303,952 and 1,000 points. With another smaller final table score already under his belt from January, Berger has now found his way inside the top ten in the POT standings, with 2,536 total points and $657,521 in total earnings for 2013 so far.

Matt Berkey finished fifth in this event for $171,822 and 760 points. This was Berkey’s third final table of the Series, and with a fourth-place finish at a Card Player Poker Tour Wynn Las Vegas prelim, Berkey now sits in 13th place in the POY rankings.

WSOP Event 55 – The $50,000 Poker Players Championship

<atthew AshtonMatthew Ashton has had an incredible Series, making four final tables with three finishes of third or better.

The crowning achievement of the British por’s summer, however, is undeniably his win in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Ashton topped a field of 132 entrants, the largest in this event since 2008, to earn the $1,774,089 first-place prize, 1,122 POY points, his first gold bracelet and his name on the Chip Reese memorial trophy.

The 25-year-old has garnered 2,475 POY points and $2,043,492 in live tournament earnings so far this year, and as a result of his incredible summer now sits in ninth place in the POY race.

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Daniel Negreanu 3,768 $1,765,118
2 Paul Volpe 3,530 $1,419,531
3 Steve O’Dwyer 2,848 $1,815,452
4 Erick Lindgren 2,800 $1,305,772
5 Michael Watson 2,724 $1,176,507
6 Dimitar Danchev 2,676 $1,981,345
7 David Vamplew 2,620 $799,562
8 Seth Berger 2,536 $657,521
9 Matthew Ashton 2,475 $2,043,492
10 Jason Duval 2,386 $770,403
11 Anthony Gregg 2,330 $5,827,170
12 Kevin Eyster 2,280 $746,247
13 Matt Berkey 2,260 $485,562
14 Martin Finger 2,168 $675,676
15 Benjamin Palmer 2,158 $334,187
16 Steven Silverman 2,120 $1,273,773
17 Loni Harwood 2,104 $859,276
18 Paul Klann 2,100 $1,004,090
18 Mervin Chan 2,100 $1,689,118
20 Scott Seiver 2,078 $2,669,155