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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

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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