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Nam Le Puts Pressure on Mizrachi in POY Race

He Moves into Second After Performance at Bellagio's WPC

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The poker year of 2006 is coming to a close, and Card Player Magazine's Player of the Year Race isn't close to being resolved.

Nam Le leaped into second place last night after finishing third in the $2,500 event at the Bellagio's World Poker Classic, stepping over Shannon Shorr in the process. Le now has 4,993 points, while Mizrachi maintains the lead with 5,989.

Shorr is still in the race with 4,476 points, and there are still plenty of events to play in before the year is over to catch up to Mizrachi who staked the top slot on the POY leader board earlier this year with a phenomenal three-week run.

Within 14 days, Mizrachi locked in two second-place finishes and a first. If he hangs on to the top spot, he'll cap a year that saw him make 11 final tables, win $2,278,376 on the tournament trail, and cash 21 times.

Both Le and Shorr are also having extraordinary years. Le made nine final tables, won two events, and took home $2,144,264 from tournaments so far. His third-place finish yesterday was good for $56,415.

Shorr made seven final tables this year and cashed 13 times for $1,416,521.

There are still eight events left in the WPC, giving both Shorr and Le plenty of opportunities to put pressure on Mizrachi, and by the time the WPC is over on Dec. 19, the 2006 Card Player Player of the Year should be known.

Joining Mizrachi, Le, and Shorr in the top 10 are J.C. Tran with 4,258, John Hoang with 4,177, Phil Hellmuth with 3,755, David Daneshgar with 3,744, Jeff Madsen with 3,680, Alex Jacob with 3,568, and Steve Wong with 3,472.

Click here to visit the POY page to see how the top player faired so far this year.