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Card Player Player of the Year Update: Selbst and Duhamel Join the Top 10

Selbst Climbs to Third in France and Duhamel Climbs to Eighth as the World Champion


Vanessa SelbstThomas Marchese was able to increase his lead in the Card Player Player of the Year race slightly this week with a a fifth-place finish in the $5,000 PokerStars North American Poker Tour bounty shootout event to add 160 points to this total. He now holds 6,486 points overall, but a number of contenders have jumped into the ring during November, most notably Vanessa Selbst, who just won her second major title of the year in France to jump up to third place with 4,608 points. Read on below to see who is now in the mix.

Card Player Player of the Year Update

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1: Thomas Marchese — 6,486
2: Dwyte Pilgrim — 5,576
3: Vanessa Selbst — 4,608
4: Sorel Mizzi — 4,457
5: Jeffrey Papola — 3,870
6: John Juanda — 3,717
7: Andy Frankenberger — 3,610
8: Jonathan Duhamel — 3,600
9: Jared Jaffee — 3,529
10: Mike Beasley — 3,356

World Series of Poker Main Event Awards Major POY Points

The World Series of Poker main event may not be the only factor in the POY race, but it is always the tournament with the largest amount of POY points up for grabs each year. This year was no different and the world champion, Jonathan Duhamel, has reaped the benefits from winning the biggest poker tournament of the year both monetarily and in the POY race. He took home 3,600 points for topping the second largest tournament field of all time (7,319 players) along with $8,944,138 and he jumped to eighth place in the overall standings despite this being his first POY-score of the year.

A few other members of the November Nine combined their high finish in the main event with previous scores in 2010 to jump into the POY top 20 late in the race. Third-place finisher (2,400 points) Joseph Cheong now sits in 11th place overall with 3,302 points thanks to preliminary event wins the Festa al Lago (432 points) and WSOP Circuit Rincon stop (288 points). He also scored points thanks to a fourth-place finish in a heads-up event at the L.A. Poker Classic (182 points).

Main event runner-up John Racener sits right behind Cheong in the POY standings in 12th place with 3,293 points. His other points were added by a final-table appearance in the pot-limit Omaha event at the WSOP Europe (240 points), and a 21st-place finish in the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha world championship (53 points) at the WSOP this summer.

Michael Mizrachi joined the top 30 thanks to his seventh-place finish (1,500 points). He is in 25th place (2,898) thanks in large part to his strong performance during the summer. He took home 864 points for his victory in the $50,000 Players Championship and he padded his stats with final-table appearances in the $10,000 seven-card stud world championship (300 points), and the $10,000 limit hold’em world championship (170 points).

Here is the breakdown of prize money and POY points awarded at the WSOP main event final table:

1: Jonathan Duhamel — $8,944,138 (3,600 points)
2: John Racener — $5,545,855 (3,000 points)
3: Joseph Cheong — $4,129,979 (2,400 points)
4: Filippo Candio — $3,092,497 (1,800 points)
5: Michael Mizrachi — $2,332,960 (1,500 points)
6: John Dolan — $1,772,939 (1,200 points)
7: Jason Senti — $1,356,708 (900 points)
8: Matt Jarvis — $1,045,738 (600 points)
9: Soi Nguyen — $811,823 (300 points)

Vanessa Selbst Jumps into the Top 10 in France

Team PokerStars pro Vanessa Selbst continued her very strong performance in 2010 by clinching a second tournament title for the year at the Partouche Poker Tour main event in Cannes, on the shores of the French Riviera. She won $1,823,430 in prize money for topping a field of 764 players and she added 2,400 points to her POY total. She now holds 4,608 points, which is good for third place in the standings.

Selbst kicked off her POY campaign with a bang by winning the NAPT Mohegan Sun main event, which was good for 1,920 points. She scored an additional 288 points thanks to a final-table appearance at the EPT London high roller event earlier this year.

Here is the breakdown of prize money and POY points awarded at the PPT main event final table:

1: Vanessa Selbst — $1,823,430 (2,400 points)
2: Raphael Kroll — $1,122,110 (2,000 points)
3: Fabrice Soulier — $701,320 (1,600 points)
4: Tommi Etelapera — $504,950 (1,200 points)
5: Ibrahim Raouf — $420,792 (1,000 points)
6: Soren Kongsgaard — $336,634 (800 points)
7: Cyril Andre — $262,995 (600 points)
8: Tobias Reinkemeier — $154,711 (400 points)

First NAPT Los Angeles Main Event is a Lucrative Endeavor for Joe Tehan

Joe Tehan surely earned each and every one of the 1,920 POY points he was awarded as the champion of the inaugural NAPT LA main event. He eliminated all seven of his opponents at the final table and won $725,000 for topping a field of 701 players. He took his career earnings to more than $3 million in the process. Tehan now holds 2,884 points and resides in 27th place in the standings. The 964 other points he has won are spread out over four other cashes earlier in the year.

Here is the breakdown of prize money and POY points awarded at the NAPT LA main event final table:

1: Joe Tehan — $725,000 (1,920 points)
2: Christopher DeMaci — $440,000 (1,600 points)
3: Al Grimes — $250,000 (1,280 points)
4: Anh Van Nguyen — $195,000 (960 points)
5: Ray Henson — $145,000 (800 points)
6: Michael Binger — $114,000 (640 points)
7: Jason Mercier — $84,857 (480 points)
8: Jake Toole — $60,000 (320 points)