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2015 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Brian Altman & Anthony Zinno Join Top 10

World Poker Tour Main Events Make Impact On POY Leaderboard


Two World Poker Tour stops and a WSOP Circuit main event have shaken up the leaderboard in the 2015 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by CarbonPoker, during the last week. Here is a look at the aforementioned events that made such a big impact over the past seven days:

World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main Event

Brian AltmanA total of 1,027 entries were made in the 2015 World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open $3,500 buy-in $3 million guaranteed no-limit hold’em main event. This impressive turnout to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood saw the total prize pool eclipse the guarantee, paying out $3,286,400 to the top 100 finishers in the end.

The largest payout of all was awarded to the last player standing, 26-year-old poker professional Brian Altman. For the win he earned the $723,008 first-place prize, his first WPT title and 1,440 POY points. As a result he has moved into ninth place in the overall POY race.

Altman defeated Mark Dube heads up for the title. Dube earned $434,462 and 1,200 POY points for his runner-up finish, enough to see him move into 16th place on the POY leaderboard.

World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event

Anthony ZinnoThe 2015 World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic $5,000 CAD buy-in no-limit hold’em main event drew a 419-entry field. In the end Anthony Zinno, a 33-year-old poker pro from Cranston, Rhode Island, emerged victorious to become only the 21st player in the history of the WPT to win two or more titles.

For the win Zinno was awarded $399,579 CAD ($252,420 USD) and 1,440 POY points, catapulting him into ninth place in the overall POY standings. The former lawyer turned poker player now has career earnings of more than $1.8 million dollars.

Mark Bailey earned $168,285 and 1,200 POY points for finishing second and as a result joined Dube in a tie for 16th place in the POY rankings.

WSOP Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club Main Event

Darryll FishThe 2015 World Series of Poker Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club $1,675 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, drew a total of 537 entries to build a $805,500 prize pool. The biggest chunk of that money was awarded to eventual champion Darryll Fish.

For the win the poker pro and Florida native was awarded his first WSOP Circuit ring and the first-place prize of $173,189. In addition to the hardware and the money the 28-year-old poker pro from Cape Coral also scored 840 POY points, which were enough to move him into 28th place in the overall when combined with the points he earned with a third place finish in a $2,200 prelim at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open. He has 984 total POY points, with year-to-date earnings of $197,049.

Nancy Nguyen finished third for $78,222 and 560POY points. Nguyen had previously finished fourth in the WSOPC Choctaw $1 million guaranteed main event, and as a result now sits in 25th place in the POY rankings with 1,040 points.

Here is a look at the current top 20 in the POY standings:

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Kevin Schulz 2,280 $1,491,580
2 Manny Stavropoulos 2,100 $1,270,283
3 Diego Ventura 1,900 $907,080
4 Lennart Uphoff 1,750 $793,927
5 Ognyan Dimov 1,680 $616,376
6 Scott Seiver 1,610 $1,989,615
7 Chance Kornuth 1,520 $641,140
8 Ilkin Garibli 1,512 $1,105,040
9 Joe Kuether 1,440 $1,067,845
9 Brian Altman 1,440 $723,008
9 Anthony Zinno 1,440 $252,420
12 Joel Douaglin 1,400 $500,174
12 Dany Parlafes 1,400 $383,974
14 Josh Kay 1,368 $367,928
14 Aaron Mermelstein 1,368 $712,305
16 Mark Bailey 1,200 $168,285
16 Mark Dube 1,200 $434,462
18 Martin Finger 1,140 $223,900
18 Niklas Hambitzer 1,140 $482,820
18 Eugene Todd 1,140 $419,467