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2014 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Kanit, Pahuja, Coren & Afriat Make Big Moves

Huge WPT, EPT and Irish Open Events Make Their Impact Felt In The POY Standings


It was an absolutely massive week in the 2014 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by CarbonPoker. Here is a look at the numerous huge events that dramatically influenced the overall standings over the past seven days:

2014 EPT Sanremo Main Event

Vicky Coren MitchellNearly eight years after taking down the 2006 EPT London, Vicky Coren Mitchell topped a field of 556 entries in the 2014 EPT Sanremo main event to write her name in the history books as the first ever two-time European Poker Tour champion. The tour, which is currently approaching the end of it’s tenth season, has crowned 97 different main event winners along the way, but never a repeat victor until now.

For the win Coren Mitchell €476,100 ($657,780 USD) and 1,680 POY points for the win. She now sits in 14th place in the POY standings as a result. She defeated Giacamo Fundaro heads-up to win the title, with the Italian earning €298,700) ($412,684 USD) and 1,400 POY points for his runner up finish. He now sits in 25th place in the overall standings.

2014 EPT Sanremo High Roller

Mustapha KanitGerman pro Ole Schemion has won the European Poker Tour Sanremo €10,300 no-limit hold’em high roller, topping a field of 105 entries to win €265,000 and his tenth career title. The 21-year-old has amassed more than $4.6 million in tournament earnings in recent years playing on the European circuit.

In addition to the plentiful prize money there were also plenty of Card Player Player of the Year points awarded in this event, with Schemion taking home 600 for the win and climbing to 33rd place in the overall POY standings as a result. For his fifth-place finish Mustapha Kanit earned 250 points. This was his fifth final table finish of 2014, bringing his year-to-date earnings to $908,354. As a result Kanit now sits in third place in the rankings with 2,884 points.

2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event

Eric AfriatThe 2014 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event tournament drew a record field of 1,795, creating a total prize pool of $5,788,875 to blow away the $5 million guarantee. From that giant sea of tables only one champion could emerge, and that was 44-year-old Montreal, Quebec resident Eric Afriat who came out on top, earning his first WPT title and the $1,081,184 first-place prize.

In addition to the title and the money Afriat also earned 1,620 POY points. This was his first score of 2014, but it was enough to catapult him to 14th place in the standings.

Mukul PahujaFinishing runner-up was Florida’s own Mukul Pahuja, who earned $691,965 and 1,350 POY points for his latest deep run in a huge event. Pahuja has been on a tear lately, both on the WPT and at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, where he finished third in the $10,000,000 guaranteed event last August.

Pahuja has already made two WPT final tables in 2014, finishing 8th in the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open and then fourth in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star main event. He came into this final table sitting in 41st place in the overall standings, but with this result has moved into sixth position with 2,442 points and year-to-date earnings of $1,048,912.

2014 Irish Open Main Event

Patrick ClarkeA total of 411 players turned out for the 2014 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open €2,250 no-limit hold’em main event, building a prize pool of €822,000. In the end the last player standing was Ireland’s own Patrick Clarke, who earned €200,000 and 1,080 POY points.

As a result of the win Clarke climbed into a tie for 50th place in the overall POY rankings with James Mackey.

In addition to the first-place prize Clarke was also awarded €50,000 as a result of winning the Paddy Power Poker Sole Survivor contest, a last longer of sorts run by the company for players who satellited into the event. Both Clarke and his heads-up opponent Dave Pollock where online qualifiers, so it came down to heads-up to determine who would walk away with the extra cash.

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 Mustapha Kanit 2,884 $908,354
4 Dylan Wilkerson 2,520 $934,575
5 Eugene Katchalov 2,480 $725,061
6 Mukul Pahuja 2,442 $1,048,912
7 James Carroll 2,372 $1,324,754
8 Sorel Mizzi 2,170 $1,045,207
9 Chris Moorman 2,100 $1,015,460
9 Ami Barer 2,100 $1,432,800
11 Oleksii Khoroshenin 1,864 $801,740
12 Sotirios Koutoupas 1,848 $866,592
13 Glenn Lafaye 1,750 $662,840
14 Victoria Coren 1,680 $657,780
15 Eric Afriat 1,620 $1,081,184
16 Keven Stammen 1,612 $260,129
16 Nipun Java 1,612 $341,740
18 Isaac Baron 1,600 $1,207,599
19 James Calderaro 1,590 $404,867
20 Jake Schindler 1,588 $1,224,504