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2012 Player of the Year Update -- Brock Parker Into Top 20

A Look At The Biggest Poker Tournament Results Of The Week


Here is a look at the ones that made the biggest impact on the 2012 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by Lock Poker.

Borgata Fall Poker Open Main Event

Brock Parker A total of 644 entries were made in the 2012 Borgata Fall Poker Open $2,700 no-limit hold’em main event, building a $1,610,000 prize pool.

A number of big names made it deep, but the last man standing was two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brock Parker. Parker defeated fellow pro Scott Baumstein heads up to earn $372,568 and 1,260 POY points, catapulting him into 19th place in the overall standings. This was Parker’s fourth final table of the year, and his second title including his win in a $2,000 event in January, also at the Borgata.

Baumstein earned $209,480 and 1,050 points for his runner-up finish. This was his seventh final table of the year, and as a result he has climbed to 31st place in the rankings. Other notable players that made the final table included Vinny Pahuja (4th – $107,067), Jeff Papola (5th – $85,344), Michael Esposito (6th – $70,602), Matt Stout (7th – $56,637), and Ravi Raghaven (8th – $42,672).

Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza IV

The 2012 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza IV main event had 261 entrants post the $2,500 buy-in, building a $593,775 prize pool. Alex Haro was the last player standing, earning $142,503 and 648 POY points for the win.

Coming in fourth for $42,158 was 2010 Card Player Player of the Year Thomas Marchese, making only his second final table of 2012. Fortunately for him, the other score was a first-place finish in a $100,000 no-limit hold’em high roller at the WPT Championship. Card Player publisher Barry Shulman finished sixth for $22,267 at his sixth final table of the year.

WPT Montreal Main Event

Jonathan Roy The first-ever World Poker Tour Montreal $3,300 no-limit hold’em championship event drew an incredible field of 1,173 entrants, building a massive prize pool of nearly $3.4 million. After five days of action the last player standing was Canadian Jonathan Roy.

The 25-year-old student from Boucherville, Quebec earned $784,101 and 1,440 POY points. This was Roy’s second title and third final table of the year, and as a result he has climbed to 40th place in the overall POY standings.

Roy overcame a tough final table that featured one of Canada’s most successful pros ever in Gavin Smith (4th – $212,973), Jeff Gross (3rd – $319,238) and runner-up Pascal LeFrancois (2nd – $473,572).

Here is a look at the top twenty in the POY race:

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Gregory Merson 5,100 $9,664,179
2 Dan Smith 4,625 $3,538,078
3 Kyle Julius 3,752 $2,103,282
4 Joseph Cheong 3,590 $1,062,822
5 Marvin Rettenmaier 3,530 $1,943,043
6 Phil Hellmuth 3,210 $4,293,213
7 John Dibella 3,064 $1,901,113
8 Oliver Speidel 3,046 $1,767,371
9 Anthony Gregg 2,984 $1,004,155
10 Ole Schemion 2,956 $1,663,559
11 Michael Mizrachi 2,942 $2,155,179
12 Vadzim Kursevich 2,829 $1,379,987
13 Jesse Sylvia 2,770 $5,294,344
14 Faraz Jaka 2,720 $1,009,964
15 Joe Kuether 2,716 $548,411
16 David Baker 2,689 $700,386
17 Noah Schwartz 2,678 $1,076,035
18 Phil Ivey 2,635 $3,546,334
19 Brock Parker 2,584 $691,770
20 Daniel Kelly 2,508 $766,317