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Player of the Year

The World Series of Poker Has Left its Mark

by Ryan Lucchesi |  Published: Aug 07, 2009


When the 40th-annual World Series of Poker began on May 28, Poorya Nazari led the Card Player 2009 Player of the Year (POY) race with 3,000 points. Nazari is now seventh in the standings, and he and Jude Ainsworth (eighth place) are the only two players who remain in the top 10 from the day when the $40,000 no-limit hold’em tournament kicked off the WSOP in Las Vegas. New Leader (Vitaly Lunkin): This rising Russian star won the $40,000 no-limit hold’em tournament, banking $1,891,012 in prize money, the biggest score of his career. He also was awarded 1,440 POY points, which, combined with the 1,008 points he earned from his victory in the Russian Poker Tour event in Moscow, gave him a base of 2,448 points from which to make his move on the POY lead. He then went on to book one of the most impressive performances of the ...

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