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2014 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Mukul Pahuja Climbs To Eighth Place

Kevin MacPhee Also Joins The POY Top Twenty


Less than a month remains in the 2014 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by CarbonPoker. Here is a look at everything that went down over the past seven days as the 2014 race moves into the final stretch:

World Poker Tour Montreal

Mukul PahujaJonathan Jaffe topped a field of 732 entries to take down the 2014 World Poker Tour Montreal $3,500 CAD no-limit hold’em main event at the Playground Poker Club. For the win Jaffe earned $429,106 and 1,368 POY points. This was Jaffe’s second title of 2014, having won the World Poker Finals $500,000 guaranteed main event in late October for $137,651. As a result of his two wins Jaffe now sits in 64th place in the overall POY standings.

Third-place finisher Mukul Pahuja earned 912 points at his fifth final table of the year. Pahuja finished fourth in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star main event and second in the WPT SHR Poker Showdown $5 million guarantee, making this his third WPT top-six finish of 2014. As a result of this most recent score he climbed to 8th in the overall POY ranks, with 3,426 points and year-to-date earnings of $1,247,546.

Kevin MacPhee, who had finished fourth, also moved into the top twenty in the POY standings as a result of his deep run in Montreal. MacPhee has made four total final tables so far this year, including a runner-up showing in the European Poker Tour London main event for $495,730. He now sits in 20th place with $809,894 and 2,944 points.

Masters Classic of Poker

Ruben VisserThe Masters Classic of Poker €4,250 no-limit hold’em main event attracted 298 players to the Holland Casino in Amsterdam, building a total prize pool equivalent to $1,461,570 USD. In the end Ruben Visser emerged victorious, and after making a three-handed deal to redistribute the payouts earned €225,000 ($279,000 USD). Visser defeated Danyel Boyaciyan heads-up for the title, preventing the 2011 champion of this same event from becoming the first player to ever win the tournament twice.

In addition to the title and the money Visser also scored 912 POY points. This was the second final table finish of the year for the Amsterdam local and as a result he moved into 262nd place in the overall standings.

Third-place finisher Andrew Chen earned €190,000 ($235,000 USD) and 608 POY points. The Canadian poker pro has now made four final tables in 2014, including a win in the £10,300 no-limit high roller event at the EPT London festival for $630,720. Chen now sits in 60th place after this most recent deep run, with 1,989 POY points and $968,973 in year-to-date earnings.

German tournament wunderkind Ole Schemion finished seventh for $58,532 and 228 POY points. The 22-year-old poker pro has made seven final tables so far this year, including wins in a $100,000 super high roller event at the Aria and the €10,300 no-limit hold’em high roller at the EPT Sanremo. Schemion moved into 44th place in the POY rankings after this latest score, with 2,235 points and year-to-date earnings of $2,426,164 to his name.

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Daniel Colman 5,498 $22,319,279
2 Ami Barer 5,042 $2,363,903
3 Mike Leah 4,678 $2,039,526
4 Mustapha Kanit 4,514 $1,234,776
5 Martin Jacobson 3,908 $10,603,088
6 Dylan Wilkerson 3,784 $1,223,816
7 Jake Schindler 3,700 $2,156,184
8 Mukul Pahuja 3,426 $1,247,546
9 Davidi Kitai 3,409 $2,099,187
10 Dan Smith 3,353 $2,958,709
11 Dominik Panka 3,315 $1,840,936
12 Mike McDonald 3,312 $4,357,089
13 Keven Stammen 3,262 $1,655,439
14 Simon Deadman 3,142 $765,221
15 Jason Mercier 3,106 $2,778,584
16 Joseph Mckeehen 3,086 $1,207,689
17 Jack Salter 3,060 $1,616,603
18 Brandon Shack-Harris 3,026 $1,415,849
19 Doug Polk 3,010 $3,503,603
20 Kevin MacPhee 2,944 $809,894