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2014 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Colman Extends Lead With Fourth Win

Brandon Shack-Harris and Aaron Massey Also Make Moves Inside The Top Twenty


After several slower weeks things finally heated up in a big way this week in the 2014 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by CarbonPoker. Three players made moves inside the top twenty this week. Here is a look at the biggest results on the live poker tournament circuit over the past seven days:

2014 WPT Alpha8 London

Dan ColmanA total of 23 entries were made in the 2014 World Poker Tour Alpha8 London £60,000 super high roller event, building a prize pool of over $2.1 million USD. The two-day event started with a field of elite poker pros and a few businessmen, but in the end only one player remained, and that player was none other than current 2014 POY points leader Dan Colman. The 23-year-old poker pro from Holden, Massachusetts collected £600,000 ($964,539 USD) and his fourth title of the year at his seventh final table.

Colman has now cashed for $21,945,307 so far in 2014, which would be enough on its on to move him into third place on the all-time live tournament money list, ahead of legends like Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel and Sam Trickett.

This was Colman’s seventh score of the year that was for six-figures or more, and fell just over $35,000 short of being his fifth seven-figure score of 2014. Colman was already the leader in the POY standings and has cemented his lead with the 600 points he earned for this most recent win. He now sits 856 points ahead of his nearest competition, current second-ranked player Mustapha Kanit of Italy. Colman’s other three titles this year came in the European Poker Tour Grand Final super high roller, the $1 million buy-in Big One For One Drop and the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open main event.

World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Event 4

Brandon Shack-HarrisA total of 250 entries were made in the $1,650 AUD no-limit hold’em terminator event at the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific, building a total prize pool of $375,000 AUD. The lion’s share of that cash ended up in the hands of 29-year-old Australian native Scott Calcagno after he emerged victorious from the final table.

For the win Calcagno earned his first WSOP gold bracelet and the $61,250 AUD first-place prize. The event drew it’s ‘terminator’ designation from the $500 bounties that were placed on each players heads.

In addition to the title, the first-place prize and his bounties Calcagno also earned 408 POY points. Sixth-place finisher Brandon Shack-Harris earned $11,488 AUD and 136 POY points at his sixth final table of the year. Shack-Harris won a $1,000 pot-limit Omaha event at the WSOP and then went on to finish third twice and second twice in four other WSOP events, including a runner-up finish in the $50,000 eight-game Poker Players Championship. As a result Shack-Harris took the lead in the WSOP’s Player of the Year race, which he furthered with this most recent score. As a result of his continued success he sits in 12th place in the _Card Player _ POY standings.

Heartland Poker Tour Club One

Aaron MasseyJust seven weeks after winning the Heartland Poker Tour main event at the Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago poker pro Aaron Massey emerged victorious in the HPT Club One main event in Fresno, California.

Massey topped a field of 200 players to win his second title of the year, earning $78,569 for the win. In his prior HPT win Massey overcame a 538-player field. He now has a commanding lead in the tour’s own Player of the Year race.

Speaking of POY races, Massey’s win also earned him 360 POY points. This was the Chicago native’s fifth final table appearance of 2014. His first final table of the year came when he finished third in a $1,500 event at the World Series of Poker, earning him $255,209 and 720 POY points. With this most recent score Massey has climbed into 18th place in the overall standings, with 2,574 total points and $762,856 in year-to-date earnings.

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Daniel Colman 5,370 $21,945,307
2 Mustapha Kanit 4,514 $1,234,776
3 Mike Leah 4,174 $1,512,026
4 Jake Schindler 3,700 $2,156,184
5 Ami Barer 3,580 $1,930,121
6 Dylan Wilkerson 3,316 $1,076,307
7 Dominik Panka 3,315 $1,840,936
8 Mike McDonald 3,312 $4,357,089
9 Dan Smith 3,270 $2,671,809
10 Keven Stammen 3,262 $1,655,439
11 Jason Mercier 3,106 $2,778,584
12 Brandon Shack-Harris 3,026 $1,415,849
13 Doug Polk 3,010 $3,503,603
14 Joseph Mckeehen 2,924 $1,193,232
15 Kevin Eyster 2,874 $899,019
16 Joe Kuether 2,636 $762,856
17 Davidi Kitai 2,588 $1,377,077
18 Aaron Massey 2,574 $736,570
19 Mukul Pahuja 2,514 $1,060,582
20 Isaac Baron 2,500 $1,508,968