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2014 Player of the Year Update -- Niels van Leeuwen Joins Top Ten

A Look At The Players Who Made Moves In The POY Race This Week


The first month is almost wrapped up in the 2014 Card Player Player of the Year race. Here is a look at the events that made the biggest impact on the overall standings this week as January comes to a close:

2014 France Poker Series Deauville €1,100 Main Event

Niels van Leeuwen The European Poker Tour Deauville stop kicked off with the main event from the EPT’s offshoot tour, the France Poker Series. The €1,100 no-limit hold’em tournament attracted a record turnout of 1,095 entrants, building a gigantic €654,480 ($1,437,223 USD) prize pool.

In the end the last player standing was Niels van Leeuwen from The Netherlands. The 24-year-old Dutchman topped a tough final table that featured eventual runner-up Jean-Paul Vasseur and Andrew Teng, earning €175,000 ($239,225) and 960 Player of the Year (POY) points for the win. As a result he climbed into a tie for ninth place in the overall POY standings with Tyler Morris.

Interestingly, of the 1,095 players that entered this event, 712 were from the host country of France. At the eight-handed final table, van Leeuwen was the only non-French player.

2014 UKIPT Edinburgh £1,100 Main Event

Dean HutchisonA total of 427 entrants turned out for the UK and Ireland Poker Tour Edinburgh £1,100 no-limit hold’em main event. By all accounts Liv Boeree was dominating the final table, and was one safe river card away from taking down the title with her pocket kings in the lead against Dean Hutchison’s AHeart Suit4Diamond Suit on a 7Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit2Heart SuitJDiamond Suit board. The 3Club Suit hit the river, however, doubling up Hutchison. In the end he emerged victorious, taking home £93,900 ($154,935 USD) and 720 POY points. As a result he climbed into a tie for 17th-place in the overall POY standings with Kamel Tir.

For her runner-up finish Boeree earned £59,180 ($97,647 USD) and 600 POY points, placing her in a four-way tie for 28th place in the rankings, sharing the spot with Fabian Quoss, Pascal LeFrancois and Simon Deadman. This was the 2010 EPT San Remo champion’s second deep run of 2014, having finished 50th out of the 1,031 entrants in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event just a week earlier.

Here is a look at the current top 20 in the 2014 POY standings:

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Dominik Panka 2,400 $1,423,096
2 Mike McDonald 2,100 $1,282,185
3 Isaac Baron 1,600 $1,207,599
4 Jake Schindler 1,428 $1,192,624
5 Vanessa Selbst 1,352 $1,368,220
6 Madis Muur 1,200 $581,040
7 Gregory Merson 1,190 $948,996
8 Daniel Gamez 1,000 $447,040
9 Niels van Leeuwen 960 $239,225
9 Tyler Morris 960 $369,503
11 Buyanjargal Bold 912 $192,516
12 Joe Kuether 816 $136,250
13 Shyam Srinivasan 800 $328,020
13 Jean Vasseur 800 $157,205
13 Shelby Penka 800 $229,194
16 Percy Yung 760 $149,548
17 Dean Hutchison 720 $154,935
17 Kamel Tir 720 $179,077
19 Mustapha Kanit 714 $492,600
20 Christopher Hunichen 680 $134,800

Looking Ahead

Later this week both the $3 Million Guaranteed World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open main event and the EPT Deauville main events will wrap up. A total of 1,228 entries were made in the $3,500 Borgata main event and 671 posted the €5,300 buy-in in Deauville. This events are sure to have a huge impact on the 2014 POY standings, so make sure to check back next week to find out who came out on top in these big events.