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Player of the Year

Taylor Von Kriegenbergh Takes Player of the Year Lead

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Jun 07, 2011

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One of the longest final tables in World Poker Tour history concluded recently at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The champion of the inaugural Seminole Hard Rock Showdown was Taylor Von Kriegenbergh, and he won $1,122,340, a WPT bracelet, and a seat in the $25,000 WPT Championship for topping a field of 433 players. He has had a very strong spring to start 2011, with this big win being his fourth cash of the year.

Von Kriegenbergh made the final table (finishing third) of the main event of The Big Event in March, and followed that up with an 18th-place cash in the North American Poker Tour Mohegan Sun main event in April. The very next day, he made his second final table in the NAPT Mohegan Sun bounty shootout, where he finished in fifth place.

His third final table of the year resulted in Von Kriegenbergh claiming his first major title, which was good for 2,400 Player of the Year (POY) points. This puts him atop the standings with 3,560 points.

Final-table results with POY points were as follows:

1 Taylor Von Kriegenbergh $1,122,340 (2,400 points)
2 Curt Kohlberg $586,109 (2,000 points)
3 Justin Zaki $415,680 (1,600 points)
4 Abbey Daniels $286,819 (1,200 points)
5 Allen Bari $211,997 (1,000 points)
6 Tommy Vedes $166,272 (800 points)

Rupert Elder Wins EPT San Remo, and Runner-Up Max Heinzelmann Jumps Into the POY Top Three

One of the largest European Poker Tour events of the year just wrapped up in San Remo, Italy, and the champion was Rupert Elder, who took home €930,000. The Briton bested 983 players and was awarded 1,920 POY points, which puts him in the top 20 in the POY standings.

The runner-up was Max Heinzelmann, who was coming off a runner-up finish at EPT Berlin. He earned 1,600 points for that performance, and added another 1,600 in San Remo. He now has 3,200 points and is in a tie for second place in the standings with Vivek Rajkumar.