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Player of the Year

Cornel Cimpan Takes Player of the Year Lead

by Ryan Lucchesi |  Published: Jul 10, 2009

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The Card Player 2009 Player of the Year (POY) race has experienced some big changes during the first 14 events of the World Series of Poker. There have been thousands of points awarded to bracelet winners (see the list below) and final-table players at the Rio, resulting in a new POY leader for the first time since January. Cornel Cimpan scored the first WSOP cash of his career when he finished in fourth place in event No. 10 ($2,500 pot-limit hold’em/pot-limit Omaha). Cimpan won $69,546 and 720 POY points for this finish, which gives him 3,450 points total. Cimpan now holds a 450-point lead over Poorya Nazari, who is in second place with 3,000 points, and rounding out the top three is Jude Ainsworth from Ireland, who has 2,840 points. The bulk of Cimpan’s points came when he won the L.A. Poker Classic main event in February, for $1,686,760 and ...


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