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2015 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Dzmitry Urbanovich and Adrian Mateos Diaz Join The Top Five

Scott Seiver, Steve O'Dwyer, Igor Yaroshevskyy, Muhyedine Fares and Charles Carrel Also Moved Into The Top 20


The EPT Grand Final festival in Monte Carlo dramatically shook up the top twenty in the 2015 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by CarbonPoker this week. Here’s a look at the events that have shaken up the POY standings over the past seven days:

EPT Grand Final Main Event

Adrian Mateos20-year-old Adrian Mateos made history in Monte Carlo this week, emerging victorious from a total of 564 entries in the European Poker Tour Grand Final €10,600 no-limit hold’em main event. With this title Mateos became the first Spanish player to ever capture an EPT main event trophy.

For the win the poker pro from Madrid earned €1,082,000 ($1,211,836 USD), his second major tournament title (having won the WSOP Europe main event in 2013) and 2,100 POY points. He has now made three POY qualified final tables this year, coming out on top in this event and in a €2,150 six-max prelim at the EPT Deauville festival. As a result he has climbed into fifth place in the overall POY standings with 2,376 total points and $1,276,805 in year-to-date earnings.

Mateos survived to a final showdown with Muhyedine Fares of Senegal. Heads-up play began with Fares holding a more than a 2-to-1 chip advantage, but Mateos quickly turned the tables and was soon sending Fares to the rail as the runner up with €679,000 ($760,478 USD) and 1,750 POY points, moving him into 15th place on the POY leaderboard.

EPT Grand Final €25,000 High Roller

Charles CarrelThe EPT Grand Final €25,000 eight-max no-limit hold’em high roller drew a record field of 215 entries to build a massive prize pool equivalent to over $5.8 million U.S. dollars.

In the end the lion’s share of that money was awarded to Ireland’s Charles Carrel, who topped a tough final table to win $1,236,540 and 1,260 Player of the Year points. This was his second final table of the year, having placed fifth in a €10,300 high roller event at the EPT Malta festival for $200,701 and 500 POY points. These two big scores were enough to catapult him into 17th place in the POY standings with 1,760 total points so far and $1,437,241 in cashes.

Carrel wasn’t the only final tablist to make a splash in the POY top 20. Third-place finisher Steve O’Dwyer earned $586,857 and 840 points at his third final table of 2015. When you factor in his gigantic win in the $100,000 super high roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $1,872,580 and 720 points it’s easy to see why he now sits in 13th place in the standings, with 1,840 points and $2,582,677 in year-to-date earnings.

EPT Grand Final €10,200 Six-Max NLH

Igor Yaroshevskyy

Rounding out the festival was the €10,200 buy-in six-max no-limit hold’em event. A total of 81 entries were made, building a prize pool of $884,817. In the end Ukrainian Igor Yaroshevskyy survived, capturing the $242,313 first-place prize and 480 POY points. Yaroshevskyy has been on quite the run in 2015, having already finished fourth in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic main event for $333,680 and 1,050 points and seventh in another €10,300 high roller at the EPT Malta festival. As a result he now sits in 14th place in the POY rankings with 1,830 points and $687,372 in year-to-date earnings.

Joining him at the final table were couple other POY contenders: Scott Seiver and Dzmitry Urbanovich. Urbanovich finished third for $112,776 and 320 points. This was his ninth final table of 2015, coming less than a week after his runner-up finish in the €100,000 high roller. As a result he now sits in fourth place in the overall standings with four titles, a total of 2,598 POY points and year-to-date earnings of $2,568,415.

FInishing right behind him in this event was Scott Seiver. The American poker pro cashed in five events in Monte Carlo, including a win in a non-POY qualified prelim for $84,249. He has made a total of six POY-qualified final tables in 2015, scoring $86,791 and 240 points for this most recent fourth-place finish. Through his conistent runs to super high roller final tables this year he has put together $2,368,868 in year-to-date earnings and 1,950 POY points, enough to catapult him into 10th place in the POY rankings.

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Anthony Zinno 4,216 $1,519,144
2 Taylor Paur 2,994 $1,422,274
3 Joe Kuether 2,791 $1,307,454
4 Dzmitry Urbanovich 2,598 $2,568,415
5 Adrian Mateos Diaz 2,376 $1,276,805
6 Kevin Schulz 2,308 $1,494,177
7 Jean Montury 2,232 $817,303
8 Manny Stavropoulos 2,100 $1,270,283
9 Ivan Luca 2,037 $819,144
10 Scott Seiver 1,950 $2,368,868
11 Diego Ventura 1,900 $907,080
12 Jose Ivan Montes 1,872 $593,192
13 Steve O’Dwyer 1,840 $2,582,677
14 Igor Yaroshevskyy 1,830 $687,372
15 Muhyedine Fares 1,806 $776,240
16 Jose Carlos Garcia 1,775 $457,309
17 Charles Carrel 1,760 $1,437,241
18 Lennart Uphoff 1,750 $793,927
18 Mike Leah 1,750 $701,350
20 Pratyush Buddiga 1,698 $637,556