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Player of the Year Update -- Female Poker Pros Win This Week

Selbst, Musumeci and Weisner Win Events This Week


A number of huge events are going on around the world, awarding plenty of money and rankings points in the Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by Lock Poker. Most notably, a number of top female poker pros took down events in recent days. Here is a look at the week that was in tournament poker:

Festa al Lago Classic

Vanessa SelbstThe Bellagio’s fall tournament series, the Festa al Lago Classic has seen a number of top names emerge victorious during its preliminary events. Tom Marchese topped a $2,500 no-limit hold’em event, Sorel Mizzi won a $1,080 no-limit hold’em tournament, and Cary Katz won back-to-back events, one in a $1,590 no-limit hold’em and another in a $1,080 no-limit hold’em, defeating Vanessa Selbst heads-up.

Selbst earned $12,717 and 100 POY points for her runner-up finish, and improved on that deep run by coming out on top in the $5,180 no-limit hold’em event, earning $90,693 and 240 more points. This was Selbst’s third title of the year, and it moved her into 21st place in the overall standings with 2,392 points and year-to-date earnings of $649,308. Selbst also won her second career WSOP gold bracelet this year.

The Festa al Lago $10,300 main event is still ongoing, and is sure to award plenty of prize money and POY points, so look out for the results from that next week.

WSOP Circuit Hammond

Amanda MusumeciJoshua Williams topped the second-largest main event field in the history of the World Series of Poker Circuit this past week, outlasting 1,536 players in the WSOP Circuit Hammond $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event. For the win, the Indiana native earned a massive $385,909 and 1,080 POY points, moving him into 171st place in the overall standings.

Also earning their first WSOPC gold ring was Amanda Musumeci, who topped a field of 260 to take down the $580 no-limit hold’em event for $31,851 and 216 POY points. This was the Philadelphia native’s fourth final table of the year, and it moved her into 63rd place in the rankings with 1,646 points and $586,960 in year-to-date earnings. Her biggest score came from a runner-up finish in a $1,500 re-entry no-limit hold’em event at the World Series of Poker this summer.

WPT South Africa

Melanie WeisnerThe World Poker Tour is making its first ever stop in South Africa. The WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic main event is currently ongoing, but a number of preliminary events have already been completed.

Continuing in this week’s theme of female victories, Melanie Weisner came out on top in a $1,100 no-limit hold’em six-max event that drew 133 entrants. For the win Weisner earned $41,289 and 264 POY points.

This was her third career tournament title, but her first POY-qualified score of the year. Her lifetime tournament earnings of $650,000 are bolstered by nearly $200,000 in online tournament winnings.

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Dan Smith 4,625 $3,538,078
2 Kyle Julius 3,752 $2,103,282
3 Marvin Rettenmaier 3,497 $1,926,855
4 Phil Hellmuth 3,210 $4,293,213
5 Oliver Speidel 3,046 $1,767,371
6 Anthony Gregg 2,984 $1,004,155
7 Ole Schemion 2,956 $1,663,559
8 Vadzim Kursevich 2,829 $1,379,987
9 Joseph Cheong 2,780 $825,030
10 Faraz Jaka 2,720 $1,009,964
11 Joe Kuether 2,716 $548,411
12 David Baker 2,689 $700,386
13 Phil Ivey 2,635 $3,546,334
14 Michael Mizrachi 2,558 $2,026,379
15 John Dibella 2,512 $1,781,418
16 Daniel Kelly 2,508 $766,317
17 Davidi Kitai 2,474 $1,039,657
18 Mohsin Charania 2,420 $1,904,899
19 Brendon Rubie 2,420 $510,790
20 Shannon Shorr 2,416 $663,082