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2014 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Dylan Wilkerson and James Carroll Join Top Five

Sotirios Koutoupas Also Moved Into The Top 10


It was another very busy week in the 2014 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by Carbon Poker. Here is a look at the events that most influenced the overall standings over the past seven days:

World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event

James CarrollJames Carroll emerged victorious in the 2014 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star $7,500 no-limit hold’em main event, overcoming a record field of 718 entries to win his first WPT title, the $1,256,550 first-place prize and 1,824 Card Player Player of the Year points. As a result of these two wins Carroll has ascended to fifth place in the overall POY race standings, with 2,244 points and $1,302,856 in year-to-date earnings.

Carroll defeated Dylan Wilkerson heads-up for the title. Wilkerson had finished runner-up in the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic main event just weeks earlier for $205,925 and 1,000 points, and this time around he took home $728,650 and 1,520 POY points for his deep run. As a result of his two huge WPT runner-up showings Wilkerson now sits in third place in the overall POY standings with 2,520 points and $934,575 in year-to-date earnings.

World Poker Tour National – Venice

Sotirios KoutoupasThe 2014 Gioco Digitale WPTN Venice Carnival no-limit hold’em main event attracted 199 entries, building a total prizepool in excess of $530,000 USD. In the end Andrea Dato came out on top, earning $145,703 and 504 points for the win. Dato defeated Sam Trickett, the second highest earning player in tournament poker history, for the win. The British professional now has $19,947,544 in live earnings.

Sotirios Koutoupas finished sixth for $26,922 and 168 points. Koutoupas topped a field of 671 entries in the €5,300 buy-in European Poker Tour Deauville main event early in February, becoming the first Greek player to capture an EPT title and earning $839,670 and 1,680 points. These two scores have catapulted Koutoupas into ninth place in the overall POY standings.

Latin Series of Poker Millions $1 Million Guarantee

Carter GillA total of 1,290 entries were made in the $850 LSOP Millions $1 Million Guarantee no-limit hold’em main event that took place last week in Panama City, and from that huge turnout emerged a final nine that featured a number of notable players including Jose “Nacho” Barbero and Carter Gill.

Leonardo Tarazona took a chip lead into the final table, but in the end it was Carter Gill who came out on top, earning $175,070 and 480 POY points for his fourth live tournament title. As a result the American poker pro’s career live tournament earnings surpassed the million-dollar mark.

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Mike McDonald 3,200 $4,322,895
2 Dominik Panka 3,000 $1,794,594
3 Dylan Wilkerson 2,520 $934,575
4 Mustapha Kanit 2,394 $756,016
5 James Carroll 2,244 $1,302,856
6 Sorel Mizzi 2,170 $1,045,207
7 Chris Moorman 2,100 $1,015,460
7 Ami Barer 2,100 $1,432,800
9 Sotirios Koutoupas 1,848 $866,592
10 Glenn Lafaye 1,750 $662,840
11 Isaac Baron 1,600 $1,207,599
12 Jake Schindler 1,588 $1,224,504
13 Jonathan Gaviao 1,540 $314,379
14 Anthony Merulla 1,440 $842,379
15 Mike Leah 1,404 $243,799
16 Michael Rocco 1,400 $423,440
16 Eugene Katchalov 1,400 $518,981
16 Jacob Balsiger 1,400 $582,075
19 Farid Jattin 1,392 $326,737
20 Vanessa Selbst 1,352 $1,368,220