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Player of the Year Update -- Marvin Rettenmaier, Steve O'Dwyer and Moon Kim Climb

WPT Championship Has Big Effect on POY Leaderboard


The World Poker Tour Championship is now in the books, and has made some major changes to the landscape of the Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by Lock Poker. With the World Series of Poker now getting underway, the race is about to go into overdrive. Here is a look at the biggest events that took place in the week before the WSOP kicked off.

World Poker Tour Championship $25,000

Marvin Rettenmaier Marvin Rettenmaier topped the 152-player field to win the 2012 World Poker Tour Championship $25,000 main event, winning a rollercoaster heads-up battle to capture the prestigious title, the $1,196,858 first place prize and 1,008 POY points. As result of this massive win, Rettenmaier has flown up the rankings to 12th place in the overall standings.

The young German pro finished fourth in the 2011 Player of the Year race, with an incredible 13 final tables and two titles. Already in 2012 he has made five final tables and again won two events, including this massive title. He now has year-to-date earnings of $1,516,826.

Rettenmaier was not the only player to move up the leaderboard as a result of this event. Steve O’Dwyer also made the final table, his fifth of the year, eventually finishing fifth for $192,176 and 420 POY points. As a result, O’Dwyer moved into the 23rd place in the overall standings. 2012 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Champion Moon Kim also had a strong showing, finishing 7th for $118,966 and 252 POY points. Kim now sits in 15th place on the leaderboard.

WPT $100,000 Super High Roller

Tom Marchese Tom Marchese has won the 2012 $100,000 buy-in WPT Super High Roller, topping Andrew Robl heads up to earn the $1,308,405 first place prize and 600 POY points in addition to the prestigious title. This was Marchese’s first final table of the year, and it increased the 2010 Player of the Year‘s lifetime tournament earnings beyond the $3.7 million mark. Robl received $822,375 for his second place finish.

Marchese topped a tough field of 27 players, who entered a total of 34 times in this re-entry event. Five players made the money in this event, with one unfortunate player making the six-handed televised final table without cashing. That ill-fated player was Justin Bonomo, who was eliminated on the $263,160 money bubble when he ran top pair into John Juanda’s over pair.

Here is a look at the Player of the Year leaderboard:

Rank player POY Points Earnings
1 Oliver Speidel 3,046 $1,767,371
2 John Dibella 2,512 $1,781,418
3 Daniel Kelly 2,378 $720,957
4 Faraz Jaka 2,360 $899,277
5 Jonathan Duhamel 2,290 $1,345,366
6 Dan Smith 2,208 $1,758,285
7 Andrew Chen 2,157 $1,036,843
8 Sean Jazayeri 2,148 $1,373,051
9 Mohsin Charania 2,100 $1,785,780
10 David Sands 2,022 $830,530