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Player of the Year

High-Roller Events Worldwide Making an Impact on 2011 Player of the Year Race

by Ryan Lucchesi |  Published: Mar 04, 2011

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We are just weeks into the new year and a rule change made for the Card Player 2011 Player of the Year (POY) race has already made its mark. The new rule states: “Any tournament with a prize pool of more than $1 million will receive points.” This erases the 60-player minimum requirement that has disqualified high-roller tournaments in the past. The prevalence of high-stakes tournaments at both the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) and Aussie Millions in January was part of the reason for that change, and those tournaments did not disappoint. First up was the $100,000 super high-roller event in the Bahamas, which attracted 38 players. Eugene Katchalov beat out a loaded field in this tournament to win the top prize of $1.5 million, along with 432 POY points. The top five players in the event were awarded POY points, thanks to the rule change. 2011 PCA $100,000 Super ...


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