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2014 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Kevin Eyster and Keven Stammen Climb

A Look At The Players Who Made Moves In The POY Race This Week


A number of impactful events wrapped up over the past few days, making big changes to the standings in the 2014 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by CarbonPoker. Here is a look at what went down this week on the tournament circuit:

204 WinStar River Poker Series Man Event

Kevin Eyster moves to 12th in the rankingsA total of 1,323 entries were made in the 2014 WinStar River Poker Series $1 million first-place prize guaranteed $2,500 no-limit hold’em main event. As a result the tournament built a total prizepool of $3.175,200 with nearly a third of that earmarked for the eventual champion.

Jason Helder turned out to be the last player standing, winning the aforementioned million as well as 1,440 POY points. This was his second final table showing of the year, having placed fourth in a $560 prelim at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in April. As a result of these two scores Helder has climbed to 79th place in the rankings with 1,512 points.

Third-place finisher Kevin Eyster earned $219,088 and 960 points at his third final table of the year. Eyster had previously won a $5,000 no-limit hold’em six-max bracelet this summer at the World Series of Poker and placed fourth in a WSOP Circuit prelim in New Orleans. As a result of all of these scores he now sits in 12th place in the POY standings with 2,874 points and year-to-date earnings of $899,019.

2014 WPT Legends of Poker Main Event

Keven Stammen climbs to seventhThe thirteenth season of the World Poker Tour kicked off last week at the 2014 WPT Legends of Poker main event at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. A field of 593 players turned out build a prize pool of $2,172,994.

Harry Arutyunyan emerged victorious, earning $576,369 and 1,260 POY points. This is Arutyunyan’s first final table of the year, but it alone was enough to catapult him into 123rd place in the overall standings. Arutyunyan topped a tough final table that included the likes of Tyler Kenney (3rd – $213,600), Owen Crowe (7th – $63,650) and Keven Stammen (8th – $45,310).

Stammen, who had already made four final tables this year and won two titles, also earned 210 POY points at his fifth. As a result he climbed into seventh place in the overall POY standings with 3,262 points and year-to-date earnings of $1,655,439.

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 Ami Barer 3,580 $1,930,121
4 Dylan Wilkerson 3,316 $1,076,307
5 Dominik Panka 3,315 $1,840,936
6 Mike McDonald 3,312 $4,357,089
7 Keven Stammen 3,262 $1,655,439
8 Dan Smith 3,110 $2,627,723
9 Jason Mercier 3,106 $2,778,584
10 Doug Polk 3,010 $3,503,603
11 Brandon Shack-Harris 2,890 $1,405,740
12 Kevin Eyster 2,874 $899,019
13 Daniel Colman 2,850 $19,534,058
14 Joseph Mckeehen 2,780 $1,155,984
15 Davidi Kitai 2,588 $1,377,077
16 Mike Leah 2,574 $464,388
17 Mukul Pahuja 2,514 $1,060,582
18 Isaac Baron 2,500 $1,508,968
19 Sorel Mizzi 2,495 $1,151,301
20 Eugene Katchalov 2,480 $725,061