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COTY (Champion of theYear) - 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2003

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Jul 28, '08

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Posted: July 28, 2008 04:59 PM

Sometimes I forget that Kenneth Popkin (the maintainer of the award) and I have the "COTY" award up and running!! Here are the winners the last five years including some great players. The award was designed to measure who performed the best in the top poker tournaments in the world, the ones that the Champions attended, the ones that really count. It does not measure who won the preliminary events at tournaments. This award includes every WSOP event (55), all of the WPT events in the USA, and a few other events that really count like the main event in Australia. You cannot win this award, or even make the top 100 if you win 8 small tournaments. Although 8 wins would be amazing, and you would probably win Card Player Magazines "Player of the Year," you didn't compete against the best players in the world to win those events. The COTY gives points only for final table finishes. What Champion really cares if he finished in tenth place? The COTY is heavily weighted towards first place, again because Champions value the top three place finishes the most.

Champion of the Year - 2007, updated 12/31
Rank Name Score # of finishes
1 William "Bill" Edler 960 4
1 Jonathan Little 960 4
3 Scott Clements 755 4
4 Robert Mizrachi 740 4
5 Tom Schneider 700 4
6 Freddy Deeb 685 3
7 J.C. Tran 660 3
8 Chad Brown 640 3
9 Paul Wasicka 600 2
9 Jerry Yang 600 1
Barry Greenstein 570 4
Alexander Kravchenko 560 3
Phil Ivey 550 3
David Pham 540 3
Kirk Morrison 530 3
Daniel Negreanu 520 3
Ryan Daut 520 3
Juan Carlos Mortensen 500 1
Erik Cajelais 480 2
Tuan Lam 480 1
Mike Matusow 460 2
Nam Le 455 4
Danny Wong 450 3
HumbertoBrenes 445 4
Fred Goldberg 440 3
Jeffrey Lisandro 440 2
Nick Schulman 425 2
David "Devil Fish" Ulliott 420 2


Champion of the Year - 2006, updated 12/20
Rank Name Score # of finishes
1 740 4
2 Michael Mizrachi 720 2
3 Joseph Hachem 660 3
4 David Williams 640 3
4 Joe Pelton 640 2
6 Phil Hellmuth Jr. 630 4
7 Allen Cunningham 605 3
8 Jamie Gold 600 1
9 Phil Ivey 540 2
9 Scotty Nguyen 540 2
Joe Bartholdi 500 1
David 'Chip' Reese 500 1
Erick Lindgren 480 2
Mark Newhouse 480 2
Paul Wasicka 480 1
Christian Grundtvig 475 2
William Chen 460 3
Shahram "Sean" Sheikhan 460 2
Andy Bloch 450 2
Anders Henriksson 440 3
Mike Guttman 440 2
Sam Farha 430 2
Michael Binger 430 2
Steve Wong 420 2
John D'Agostino 420 2
Burt Boutin 400 2
Jason Sagle 400 2
Alan Goehring 400 1
Nam Le 400 1
Ted Forrest 400 1
Victor Ramdin 400 1
David Matthew 400 1
Stanley Weiss 400 1
Joe Tehan 400 1
Lee Watkinson 400 1
Andreas Walnum 400 1
Soren Turkewitsch 400 1
Nenad Medic 400 1
Kevin O'Donnell 380 3


Champion of the Year - 2005, updated 12/18
Rank Name Score # of finishes
1 Chris Ferguson 1565 7
2 Phil Ivey 1075 5
3 Allen Cunningham 790 5
4 Joseph Hachem 760 2
5 Minh Ly 720 3
5 Vinnie Vinh 720 2
7 Phil Hellmuth 715 3
8 Gavin Smith 640 2
8 Steven Dannenmann 640 2
10 Maciek Gracz 600 2
10 Thang Pham 600 2
10 Nick Schulman 600 2
Men Nguyen 595 4
Scotty Nguyen 580 3
Mike Mizrachi 560 2
Doug Lee 550 3
John Juanda 550 3
Antonio Esfandiari 540 3
John Gale 540 2
Doyle Brunson 540 2
Chad Brown 520 3
Erick Lindgren 520 3
JC Tran 520 3
Mike Matusow 520 2
Ted Forrest 520 2
TJ Cloutier 520 2
Tuan Le 500 1
Jeffrey Lisandro 490 2


Champion of the Year - 2004, updated 12/1
Rank Name Score # of finishes
1 Daniel Negreanu 2360 10
2 John Juanda 1790 10
3 Barry Greenstein 1440 7
4 Howard Lederer 1380 7
5 Hasan Habib 1370 6
6 Allen Cunningham 1340 9
7 Lee Watkinson 1270 5
8 Erik Seidel 1060 6
9 Humberto Brenes 1000 4
10 Ted Forrest 980 5
11 David Pham 960 4
12 Scotty Nguyen 950 6
13 David Williams 900 2
14 Minh Nguyen 810 6
15 Freddy Deeb 800 3
15 Josh Arieh 800 2
17 Paul Phillips 780 5
17 John D'Agostino 780 4
19 Martin Deknijff 770 2
20 Joe Awada 740 4
TJ Cloutier 730 5
Scott Fischman 720 4
Chau Giang 680 5
Men Nguyen 670 5
Young Phan 650 6
Hoyt Corkins 620 3
John Esposito 600 3
Antonio Esfandiari 600 2
Phil Ivey 600 2
Greg Raymer 600 1


Champion of the Year - 2003, updated 12/20/03
Rank Name Score # of finishes
1 Chip Jett 1090 7
2 Phil Hellmuth 1070 6
3 Erik Seidel 1005 6
4 Phil Ivey 980 5
5 Men Nguyen 920 5
6 Mel Judah 900 6
7 Toto Leonidas 870 5
8 Chris Ferguson 840 6
9 Amir Vahedi 760 4
10 Howard Lederer 740 4
11 T J Cloutier 685 6
12 Ron Rose 680 5
13 Daniel Negreanu 675 5
14 Layne Flack 660 4
15 Gus Hansen 640 2
16 Paul Phillips 640 2
17 Brian Haveson 620 3
18 Johnny Chan 600 2
19 Christopher Moneymaker 600 1
20 David "Devil Fish" Ulliott 585 4
21 John Juanda

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