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2014 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Cheong, Sandling and De Fenza Win

A Look At The Biggest Poker Tournament Results Of The Week

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Things are really heating up in the 2014 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by CarbonPoker. Here is a look at the events that most influenced the overall standings over the past week:

2014 Bellagio $25,000 High Roller V

Joseph CheongThe Bellagio Poker Room has played host to a series of $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller events throughout 2014. The most recent running of the event attracted a total of 24 entries, building a prize pool of $591,000.

In the end the last player standing was none other than Joseph Cheong, who earned $295,500 and 420 POY points for the win. Cheong is apparently specializing in these high buy-in, small field events at Bellagio this year, as he has already finished runner-up twice in these $25,000 events.

All told he has cashed for $512,299 so far this year and earned a total of 1,120 POY points, enough to move him into 39th place in the overall standings.

World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee

Jason SandlingA total of 665 entries were made in the 2014 World Series of Poker Circuit $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina, building a total prize pool of $997,500.

Jason Sandling emerged victorious, earning $204,487 and 840 POY points. This is his lone POY-qualified score so far in 2014, but it alone is enough to move him into 72nd place in the POY rankings.

Runner-up William O’Neal took home $126,533 and 700 points at his second WSOP Circuit final table of the year. He had previously finished third in a $580 prelim at the WSOP Circuit Tunica and now sits in 71st place in the overall standings, just ahead of Sandling.

Italian Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event

Alessio de FenzaA total of 1,124 entries were made in the €770 ($1,064 USD) Italian Poker Tour SanRemo main event, the early highlight at the 2014 European Poker Tour Sanremo festival. The lion’s share of the $1,087,672 prize pool ended up going to Italian local Alessandro De Fenza, who earned €105,600 ($145,728 USD) and 960 POY points for the win.

De Fenza is a SuperNova Elite on PokerStars, meaning that he has a ton of experience playing online, but had very little in the way of live tournament results to speak of prior to this win.

The EPT Sanremo €4,900 no-limit hold’em main event got underway earlier this week, with 556 players already registered and players still able to enter going into the start of day 2 on Wednesday, so that is sure to be a huge tournament in terms of awarding both payouts and POY points.

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Dominik Panka 3,315 $1,840,936
2 Mike McDonald 3,200 $4,322,895
3 Dylan Wilkerson 2,520 $934,575
4 Eugene Katchalov 2,480 $725,061
5 Mustapha Kanit 2,394 $756,016
6 James Carroll 2,372 $1,324,754
7 Sorel Mizzi 2,170 $1,045,207
8 Chris Moorman 2,100 $1,015,460
8 Ami Barer 2,100 $1,432,800
10 Oleksii Khoroshenin 1,864 $801,740
11 Sotirios Koutoupas 1,848 $866,592
12 Glenn Lafaye 1,750 $662,840
13 Keven Stammen 1,612 $260,129
13 Nipun Java 1,612 $341,740
15 Isaac Baron 1,600 $1,207,599
16 James Calderaro 1,590 $404,867
17 Jake Schindler 1,588 $1,224,504
18 Jonathan Gaviao 1,540 $314,379
19 Anthony Ghamrawi 1,520 $615,514
20 Anthony Merulla 1,440 $842,379