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Player of the Year Update -- Pobal Wins EPT Barcelona Main Event

Ilari Sahamies Makes Second Final Table In One Week Span

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This week in the 2012 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by Lock Poker, saw a number of player’s make huge scores at the European Poker Tour Barcelona series being held at the Gran Casino at Hotel Arts in Spain’s second largest city. Last week, Dan Smith took the overall lead in the POY race by taking down the EPT Barcelona €50,000 super high roller event, and this week saw plenty of prize money and POY points awarded as well.

EPT Barcelona €5,300 Main Event

Mikalai PobalMikalai Pobal from Belarus has won the largest poker tournament ever held in Spain, the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona main event. For the win Pobal was awarded the €1,007,005 first-place prize and 1,920 POY points, which was enough to move him into a tie for 27th place in the overall standings with Panayote “Pete” Vilandos.

A total of 1,081-players posted the €5,300 buy-in, building a €5,247,700 prize pool. In the end Pobal defeated Finnish high stakes cash game phenom Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies heads-up for the title. Sahamies picked up €629,700 and 1,600 POY points for the runner-up finish. Sahamies had finished fourth in the EPT Barcelona €50,000 super high roller event less than a week prior, and now sits in 29th place in the overall standings in the POY race with 1,906 points and $1,147,908 in year-to-date earnings.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Mikalai Pobal $1,261,251 1920
2 Ilari Sahamies $788,258 1600
3 Joni Jouhkimainen $505,790 1280
4 Anaras Alekberovas $377,731 960
5 Samuel Rodriguez $289,041 800
6 Sinel Anton $223,321 640
7 Antonin Duda $157,664 480
8 John Juanda $95,262 320

EPT Barcelona €10,300 High Roller

Laurent PolitoFrance’s Laurent Polito took down the €10,300 high roller, earning €270,229 and 600 POY points for the win. A total of 111 players posted the €10,300 buy-in, building a €1,087,800 prize pool.

Germany’s Tobias Reinkemeier entered the eight-handed final table as the chip leader, but the EPT high-roller regular ultimately finishing third for €119,660. Other notables who made the money include Jean-Noel Thorel (6th – €54,390), Bertrand Grospellier (7th – €43,150), Jonathan Duhamel (10th – €27,190) and Andrew Lichtenberger (11th – €24,470).

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Laurent Polito $338,273 600
2 Alex Bilokur $369,846 500
3 Tobias Reinkemeier $149,790 400
4 Stanislav Labutkin $119,146 300
5 Carlos Mora $91,920 250
6 Jean Noel Thorel $68,085 200
7 Bertrand Grospellier $54,015 150
8 Joao Vieira $40,846 100

Here is a look at the top twenty of the 2012 POY race:

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Dan Smith 4,100 $3,313,648
2 Kyle Julius 3,752 $2,103,282
3 Marvin Rettenmaier 3,272 $1,872,791
4 Oliver Speidel 3,046 $1,767,371
5 Anthony Gregg 2,984 $1,004,155
6 Vadzim Kursevich 2,717 $1,355,584
7 Joe Kuether 2,716 $548,411
8 John Dibella 2,512 $1,781,418
9 Daniel Kelly 2,508 $766,317
10 Phil Ivey 2,495 $2,723,393
11 Davidi Kitai 2,474 $1,039,657
12 David Baker 2,385 $653,256
13 Sean Jazayeri 2,368 $1,423,911
14 Faraz Jaka 2,360 $899,277
15 Brendon Rubie 2,352 $482,480
16 Jonathan Duhamel 2,320 $1,379,402
17 Michael Mizrachi 2,270 $1,945,790
18 Tommy Vedes 2,216 $1,016,716
19 Shannon Shorr 2,200 $634,353
20 Andrew Chen 2,157 $1,036,843