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Table Talk: Interviews With Poker's Top Talent — Nick Pupillo Is 2019’s King Of The Mid-Major Poker Tournament Circuit

27-Year-Old Having A Career Year, With Two Titles and 15 Final Tables

by Erik Fast |  Published: Jan 15, 2020


Nicholas Pupillo currently sits in 14th place in the 2019 Card Player Player of the Year race, having made 15 POY-qualified final tables and winning two titles. He has accumulated $836,654 in earnings this year and is the highest-ranked player in the standings that focuses almost exclusively on the ‘mid-major’ tournament scene. The 27-year-old’s focus as a tournament pro is squarely on tours like the World Series of Poker Circuit and the Heartland Poker Tour. These tours host myriad tournament series around the country, built around events with buy-ins ranging from $365 to $1,700. Pupillo’s 15 POY-qualified scores in 2019 have come in events with an average buy-in of $1,607, making him an anomaly near the top of a POY leaderboard, which has been dominated by the stars of the high-volume super high roller circuit for the last few years. To put things in perspective, current points leader Stephen Chidwick’s ...

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