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2015 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Griffin Paul Joins The Top Twenty

A Look At The Biggest Poker Tournament Results Of The Week


By taking down a huge event in Florida one more player has joined the top twenty in the 2015 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by CarbonPoker. Here is a look at the results of the tournaments that made the biggest impact on the POY standings in the past seven days:

2015 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $5 Million Guarantee

Griffin PaulA total of 1,476 entries were made in the 2015 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $3,500 buy-in $5 million guaranteed no-limit hold’em main event. From that massive field only one player could emerge victorious with the title and the $1 million first place prize, and that player was Griffin Paul.

In addition to the glory and the money the 22-year-old poker pro from Calabasas, California also earned 1,440 POY points. With a semi-final finish in a small field $1,100 heads-up no-limit prelim at the L.A. Poker Classic for 84 points Paul now sits in 18th place in the overall POY standings.

Eighth place finisher Dan Heimiller, who had already made three final tables prior to his deep run in Florida, earned $123,000 and 240 points for his latest tournament score. With 1,128 points and $369,900 in year-to-date earnings, Heimiller now sits in 48th place in the overall rankings as a result.

2015 Borgata Spring Poker Open $1 Million Guaranteed $560 No-Limit Hold’em

Asher ConniffThe Borgata Spring Poker Open will soon play host to the WPT’s season-ending championship event, but that is far from the only impactful tournament on the schedule in Atlantic City. Already they played host to a $560 buy-in no-limit hold’em event with a whopping $1,000,0000 guarantee that was easily surpassed.

A total of 2,408 entries were made in the tournament to build a final prize pool of $1,204,000. The lion’s share of that money was awarded to eventual champion Asher Conniff, who took home $203,231 and 540 POY points for the win.

Finishing runner-up was Matt Stout. For his second place finish Stout scored $131,970 and 450 POY points. This was the poker pro’s fourth final table of 2015, with one title coming in a $2,200 prelim at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open in early February. Stout now sits in 107th place in the POY rankings with 793 points and $208,148 in year-to-date earnings.

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Anthony Zinno 4,180 $1,507,322
2 Taylor Paur 2,994 $1,422,274
3 Kevin Schulz 2,280 $1,491,580
4 Jean Montury 2,232 $817,303
5 Joe Kuether 2,215 $1,202,867
6 Manny Stavropoulos 2,100 $1,270,283
7 Diego Ventura 1,900 $907,080
8 Jose Ivan Montes 1,872 $593,192
9 Dzmitry Urbanovich 1,778 $839,612
10 Ivan Luca 1,755 $613,389
11 Lennart Uphoff 1,750 $793,927
11 Mike Leah 1,750 $701,350
13 Pratyush Buddiga 1,698 $637,556
14 Ognyan Dimov 1,680 $616,376
15 Scott Seiver 1,610 $1,989,615
16 Jacob Bazeley 1,596 $510,691
17 Sorel Mizzi 1,548 $1,005,276
18 Griffin Paul 1,524 $1,008,000
19 Valentin Messina 1,520 $671,695
19 Chance Kornuth 1,520 $641,140
19 Isaac Baron 1,520 $704,200