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2014 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Isaac Baron Climbs Into Top Ten

A Look At The Biggest Poker Tournament Results Of The Week


The World Series of Poker is now in it’s final stages. The 2014 WSOP main event is now the only bracelet event remaining. As expected the series has had a huge impact on the 2014 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by CarbonPoker, much as expected. Here is a look at the events that most influenced the overall standings over the past seven days:

WSOP Event 64: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship

Isaac BaronThe $10,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha championship event at the World Series of Poker is usually one of the more popular non-hold’em tournaments of the summer, and the 2014 edition was no exception. A record 418 entrants turned out for the event, creating a prize pool of $3,929,200.

After three days of intense action, it was St. Charles, Missouri pro Pat Walsh who came out on top, banking $923,379 and his first ever gold WSOP bracelet. Walsh overcame a final table that included Matt Marafioti (6th), Marko Neumann (5th), Isaac Baron (4th) and Javed Abrahams (2nd). Other notables who made a deep run in the event included Alex Kravchenko (10th), Tom Marchese (11th), Matt Stout (14th) and Sam Trickett (18th).

For the win Walsh earned a massive 1,800 POY points, enough to catapult him into 41st place in the overall standings. For his fourth place finish Isaac Baron scored 900 points. This was his second final table of the year, having placed third in the massive PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,000 main event in January for over $1.2 million. As a result of these two score Baron climbed into a tie for 10th place in the overall standings with Jake Schindler. Baron has 2,500 points and $1,508,968 in year-to-date earnings.

WSOP Event 63: $1,500 Six-Max 10-Game Mix

Bryn KenneyThe $1,500 10-game mix event at the 2014 World Series of Poker drew 445 entries, creating a total prize pool of $600,750. After three days of action, it was high-stakes tournament regular Bryn Kenney who came out on top, earning his first career gold bracelet and the $153,220 payday.

This was the New York pro’s fourth cash and third final table of the summer, after previously finishing fourth in the $5,000 six-max no-limit hold’em event and fifth in the $1,500 seven card stud event. He now has over $3.5 million in career tournament earnings. He also earned 720 POY points at his third final table of the year, which lead him to climb to 44th place in the overall standings with 1,760 points and $339,353 in year-to-date earnings.

The final table featured notables Jan Suchanek (2nd), Andrey Zaichenko (5th) and bracelet winner Randy Ohel (6th). Other recognizable names to make a deep run included Allen Cunningham (13th), Brett Jungblut (15th), Marcel Luske (19th), Brandon Shack-Harris (21st), Victor Ramdin (23rd) and Justin Bonomo (24th).

Aria WPT500

Sean YuThe inaugural WPT500 event held at the ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas was a smashing success for the World Poker Tour. With a $1 million guaranteed prize pool the $500 buy-in tournament needed to draw over 2,000 entries to avoid an overlay. In the end 3,599 entries were made, blowing away the guarantee by nearly $800,000.

Seven days after this huge multi-flight event began a champion was finally decided. Los Angeles resident Sean Yu emerged victorious, earning $260,000 for the win after topping a tough final table that included the likes of Christian Harder (4th – $90,000) and Scott Clements (3rd – $120,500).

Yu survived to heads-up play with a chip lead over Kareem Marshall, and it took only 21 hands of one-on-one action before it was all over and Marshall was sent to the rail as the runner-up with $180,000.

In addition to the massive prize money there were also plenty of “Card Player Player of the Year points": awarded at this final table. Yu earned 660 points for the win at his first final table of the year. Scott Clements bagged 440 for third place. This was his fourth final table of 2014, and as a result of his consistency he now sits in 55th place in the overall POY rankings with 1,624 points.

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Mustapha Kanit 4,514 $1,234,776
2 Dylan Wilkerson 3,316 $1,076,307
3 Dominik Panka 3,315 $1,840,936
4 Mike McDonald 3,312 $4,357,089
5 Keven Stammen 3,052 $1,610,129
6 Brandon Shack-Harris 2,890 $1,405,740
7 Joseph Mckeehen 2,780 $1,155,984
8 Davidi Kitai 2,588 $1,377,077
9 Mukul Pahuja 2,514 $1,060,582
10 Isaac Baron 2,500 $1,508,968
10 Jake Schindler 2,500 $1,436,877
12 Eugene Katchalov 2,480 $725,061
13 Ami Barer 2,430 $1,493,335
14 Doug Polk 2,410 $1,855,253
15 J.C. Tran 2,376 $798,801
16 James Carroll 2,372 $1,324,754
17 Simon Deadman 2,280 $576,289
18 Vanessa Selbst 2,276 $2,239,368
19 Sorel Mizzi 2,170 $1,045,207
20 Calvin Anderson 2,114 $526,335