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2014 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Chris Hunichen Joins Top 20

A Look At The Biggest Poker Tournament Results Of The Week


Despite being a relatively slow week, there were still hundreds of thousands of dollars won and plenty of points awarded over the past seven days of the 2014 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by CarbonPoker. Here is a look at what went down in the past week.

2014 Latin American Poker Tour Panama $5,000 NLH Eight-Max

Chris HunichenThe 2014 Latin American Poker Tour Panama wrapped last week. The $5,000 eight-max no-limit hold’em event attracted only 60 players, but it was large enough to qualify for Player of the Year points. Anthony Diotte emerged victorious, defeating Chris Hunichen heads-up to win $62,895 and 288 points. Hunichen earned $53,159 and 240 points for his deep run.

This was Hunichen’s fourth final table showing of 2014. he started off by finishing runner up in a $5,000 prelim at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and then place sixth in a $1,000 no-limit hold’em event at the WSOP. Less than a month ago he won the $800,000 guaranteed $1,100 event at the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III for $301,442 and 1,080 points. With this most recent score Hunichen has climbed to 19th palce in the overall POY rankings, with 2,360 points and year-to-date earnings of $543,352.

2014 Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw $500,000 Guaranteed Main Event

Austin LewisA total of 599 entries were made in the 2014 Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw $500,000 guaranteed main event, blowing away the promised amount to build a prize pool of $871,545.

Four days after the first hand was dealt there was only one player remaining in this huge $1,620 no-limit hold’em tournament: Austin Lewis. The Austin, Texas resident earned $183,205 and 840 points for the win. This was by far his largest live tournament score, although he did come into this tournament with a PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title to his name, having won the 2006 $215 no-limit hold’em with rebuys event for $199,509.

This was Lewis’ first live final table of 2014. He defeated Gary Luther heads-up for the title. Luther earned $113,205 and 700 POY points. Fifth place finisher Tyler Morris, who had won the WSOP Circuit event at Choctaw in January for $369,503 and 960 points, earned $46,218 and 350 points this time around.

2014 HPT Michigan Soaring Eagle Main Event

John DrikakisThe 2014 Heartland Poker Tour Michigan main event attracted 407 players to the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, MI. With each of these players posting a $,650 buy-in the event built a total prize pool of $583,080.

In the end Battle Creek. MI resident John Drikakis emerged victorious, topping Anthony Mastraieni heads-up to capture the title, the $137,014 first-place prize and 720 POY points. This was Drikakis’ first final table of the year, but was enough to move him into the top 350 in the POY standings.

Here is a look at the current top twenty in the 2014 POY standings:

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Mustapha Kanit 4,514 $1,234,776
2 Jake Schindler 3,700 $2,156,184
3 Dylan Wilkerson 3,316 $1,076,307
4 Dominik Panka 3,315 $1,840,936
5 Mike McDonald 3,312 $4,357,089
6 Keven Stammen 3,052 $1,610,129
7 Doug Polk 3,010 $3,503,603
8 Brandon Shack-Harris 2,890 $1,405,740
9 Ami Barer 2,830 $1,565,395
10 Joseph Mckeehen 2,780 $1,155,984
11 Davidi Kitai 2,588 $1,377,077
12 Mike Leah 2,574 $464,388
13 Mukul Pahuja 2,514 $1,060,582
14 Isaac Baron 2,500 $1,508,968
15 Sorel Mizzi 2,495 $1,151,301
16 Eugene Katchalov 2,480 $725,061
17 J.C. Tran 2,376 $798,801
18 James Carroll 2,372 $1,324,754
19 Chris Hunichen 2360 $543,352
20 Simon Deadman 2,280 $576,289