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2012 Player of the Year Top Ten Countdown -- 10 Through 8

A Look At The 2012 Successes Of Phil Hellmuth, John Dibella and Oliver Speidel


As 2013 rapidly approaches, Card Player is taking a closer look at the top ten finishers in the 2012 Player of the Year race in this top-ten countdown. Here is an in-depth examination of the 10th, 9th and 8th place finishers:

10th – Oliver Speidel

Oliver Speidel

Total Points: 3,046
Titles: 1
Final Tables: 5
Money Won: $1,767,371

Oliver Speidel got an early jump on POY contention when he made an incredible start in January. The Melbourne, Australia native made quite a run at the Aussie Millions, finishing second in a $1,000 AUD no-limit hold’em shootout and sixth in a $1,500 AUD no-limit hold’em bounty before coming out on top of the 659-player field in the main event. For that massive victory, Speidel earned $1.6 million and 2,100 POY points.

In the spring Speidel made two more final tables, finishing sixth in the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Sydney main event for $41,262 and fourth in the Asian Poker Tour Philippines main event for $37,000. All of Speidel’s five final tables came in Asia-Pacific based events, demonstrating just how much of a global game tournament poker has become.

9th – John Dibella

John Dibella

Total Points: 3,064
Titles: 2
Final Tables: 4
Money Won: $1,901,113

43-year-old John Dibella took an early lead in the POY race when he won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event, outlasting an immense 1,072-player field to earn $1,775,000 and 2,400 points. That in itself would make for quite a year, but the New York day trader was far from done.

Dibella made three other final tables in 2012, finishing third in a side event at the Borgata just weeks after his PCA win, and then finishing third in the Foxwoods World Poker Finals $3,300 main event for $82,825. Dibella rounded out his year with his second title, topping a field of 181 in a $700 re-entry event to earn $36,870.

8th – Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth

Total Points: 3,210
Titles: 2
Final Tables: 4
Money Won: $4,293,213

Phil Hellmuth is already in the Poker Hall of Fame, but if he wasn’t he could likely make it based on his 2012 results alone. The 48-year-old had a banner year, furthering his lead as the all-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner with 13 in total.

Hellmuth won bracelet no. 12 in the WSOP $2,500 razz event for $182,793, and then made two more final tables at the WSOP including finishing fourth in the Big One For One Drop for $2,645,333. “The Poker Brat” won his 13th bracelet when he outlasted 420 player in the World Series of Poker Europe main event, earning $1,331,031 and becoming the first player in history to win both the WSOP main event in Las Vegas and the WSOP Europe main event.

Be sure to check back on Friday for more of the POY top ten.