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Player of the Year

Flurry of Activity at Five-Diamond World Poker Classic

by Ryan Lucchesi |  Published: Jan 22, 2010


Many players in the Card Player 2009 Player of the Year (POY) top 10 were busy in preliminary events at the Five-Diamond World Poker Classic in early December, and they shook up the standings. Jason Mercier jumped up to sixth place on the POY leader board, thanks to two cashes. He made the final table of a $1,000 no-limit hold’em rebuy event to earn 78 points on Sunday, Dec. 6, and moved ahead of Brock Parker. On Thursday, Dec. 10, he won his fifth tournament of the year, a $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. He was awarded $100,280 in prize money and 288 points for the win, taking his points total to 4,130, and he briefly moved past Soheil Shamseddin into fifth place, but Shamseddin made a final table on Saturday, Dec. 12, to take back fifth place. Shamseddin finished seventh in a $1,000 no-limit hold’em rebuy event to take home $23,477 ...

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