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2015 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Joe Kuether Climbs To Third Place

Kuether Wins First Title Of 2015 At Seventh Final Table


With the WPT World Championship playing on and the EPT Grand Final is about to get underway in Monte Carlo, one might assume that not much changed in the past few days in the 2015 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by CarbonPoker. They’d be wrong. Over past seven days the Borgata Spring Poker Open has hosted a few tournaments that have had a huge impact on the POY standings:

Borgata Spring Poker Open $2,700 $1 Million Guarantee

Brian LemkeA total of 447 entries were made in the 2015 Borgata Spring Poker Open $2,700 buy-in $1 million no-limit hold’em prelim, building a prize pool of $1,117,500.

The top 45 finishers made the money, but the lion’s share went to eventual champion Brian Lemke. For the win he earned $276,949 and 1,080 Player of the Year points. This was Lemke’s first final table score of the year, but was enough on it’s own to move him into 55th place in the overall POY standings.

Finishing in sixth place was none other than perennial POY contender Joe Kuether. The Wisconsin native has finished inside the top 40 in the rankings for the past three years, but is putting together his strongest run in 2015. For this, his sixth final table finish of the year, Kuether earned $51,489 and 360 POY points, which was enough to see him climb from fifth place in the standings to third.

Borgata Spring Poker Open $2,500 NLH

Joe KuetherKuether was far from done, though. Less than a week after making the $1 million guaranteed event’s final table Kuether topped a field of 68 entries in the $2,500 buy-in single re-entry no-limit hold’em event.

For the win Kuether secured a $53,098 payday and 216 POY points, further securing his hold on the number-three spot on the POY leader board. He now sits only 203 points behind current second-place occupant Taylor Paur.

This was Kuether’s seventh final-table score and his first title of the year, having finished runner-up twice already in 2015. He started the year off with a second-place finish in the $25,000 high roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for his first career seven-figure score and 1,260 POY points. In February he came runner up in the Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza I $750,000 guaranteed main event for $109,877 and 700 more points. All told Kuether has put together 2,791 points and year-to-date earnings of $1,307,454.

Here is a look at the current top 20 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 Joe Kuether 2,791 $1,307,454
4 Kevin Schulz 2,280 $1,491,580
5 Jean Montury 2,232 $817,303
6 Manny Stavropoulos 2,100 $1,270,283
7 Ivan Luca 1,935 $684,057
8 Diego Ventura 1,900 $907,080
9 Jose Ivan Montes 1,872 $593,192
10 Dzmitry Urbanovich 1,778 $839,612
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

Photos courtesy of Borgata Spring Poker Open Blog.