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2015 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Jose Montes Into Top 10

A Look At The Biggest Poker Tournament Results Of The Week


The 2015 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by CarbonPoker, is just getting going, but already there have been some huge results on the tournament circuit. Here is a look at the events that made the biggest impact over the past seven days:

World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw

Jose MontesJose Montes has won the 2015 World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event, outlasting a field of 1,363 entries to win the $352,669 first-place prize and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring. This was the largest WSOP Circuit main event of the season.

Montes came into the final day in seventh chip position out of 16 remaining players, including the likes of Circuit ring winner Ryan Tepen and 2013 Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw main event winner Mohammad Arani.

In the end Montes defeated Ben Keeline heads-up to capture the title. The Bronx based poker pro earned 960 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win, catapulting him into 10th place in the overall standings. The 800 points Keeline scored were enough to move him into 13th place in the rankings, while third-place finisher Douglas Fusella climbed into 20th place with 640 points.

2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,300 NLH

Ramin HajiyevThe 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure festival wrapped late last week, and while the series’ three largest event’s were finished in time for last week’s POY update, one event hadn’t yet reported: the final $10,300 no-limit hold’em event. The unofficial last-chance event of the PCA drew 93 entrants to build a $902,100 prize pool.

Only the top 13 made the money, with 2010 European Poker Tour London main event champion David Vamplew coming out on top. For the win the Scottish poker pro earned $239,500 and 540 POY points. As a result he moved into 27th place in the standings.

Second-place finisher Ramin Hajiyev was awarded $166,440 and 450 points at his second final table of 2015. The Azerbaijan native had finished fourth in a $2,200 PCA prelim for $34,260 and 180 points. With 630 total points Hajiyev now occupies the 21st spot on the POY leader board.

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Kevin Schulz 2,280 $1,491,580
2 Diego Ventura 1,900 $907,080
3 Chance Kornuth 1,520 $641,140
4 Ilkin Garibli 1,512 $1,105,040
5 Josh Kay 1,368 $367,928
6 Joe Kuether 1,260 $1,050,000
7 Martin Finger 1,140 $223,900
7 Niklas Hambitzer 1,140 $482,820
9 Oleksii Khoroshenin 1,008 $629,460
10 Jose Ivan Montes 960 $352,669
11 Juan Martin Pastor 950 $380,720
12 Stefan Jedlicka 912 $158,740
13 Benjamin Keeline 800 $218,762
14 Jose Carlos Garcia 780 $138,760
15 Rami Boukai 760 $285,740
16 Jean-Pascal Savard 756 $508,080
17 Scott Seiver 750 $641,620
18 Steve O’Dwyer 720 $1,872,580
19 David Hom 660 $339,501
20 Douglas Fusella 640 $160,309