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2015 Card Player Player of the Year -- World Series of Poker Main Event Champion To Earn 3,300 Points

Byron Kaverman, Nick Petrangelo and Dominik Nitsche Climb With Deep Runs In The Bellagio Cup Main Event


The World Series of Poker has come to an end, but as we prepare to enter the next phase in the 2015 Card Player Player of the Year race, here is a look at how the largest tournament of the year, the WSOP main event, could effect the POY racing heading into the Fall.

2015 World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event

A total of 6,420 players posted the $10,000 buy-in in the 2015 WSOP main event, building a total prize pool of $60,348,000. The eventual champion will walk away with the title, the championship bracelet and the $7,680,021 first-place prize.

But in addition to the money and the glory the November Nine will also battling over the largest amount of Card Player Player of the Year points awarded in any single tournament this year. Here is a look at what will be at stake when the final table competitors return to play down to a champion this fall.

Place POY Points Payout
1 3,300 $7,680,021
2 2,750 $4,469,171
3 2,200 $3,397,103
4 1,650 $2,614,558
5 1,375 $1,910,971
6 1,100 $1,426,072
7 825 $1,203,193
8 550 $1,097,009
9 275 $1,001,020

Given the current standings in the POY race, if the main event final table was held today the winner would at least climb to fifth place in the overall standings, even if they had no prior POY qualified scores this year. Despite the final table being primarily composed of professional poker players, none of them had put together many POY-qualified scores before making the November Nine in 2015.

Only five of the nine have any 2015 POY points to their name, and none of them have any more than 240.

Here is a look at the November Nine and their current POY standing for 2014:

Player Chip Count 2014 POY Points
Joseph McKeehen 64,100,000 16
Zvi Stern  29,800,000 0
Neil Blumenfield 22,000,000 0
Pierre Neuville 21,075,000 240
Max Steinberg 20,200,000 0
Thomas Cannuli 12,250,000  0
Joshua Beckley 10,800,000  240
Patrick Chan  6,225,000  678
Federico Butteroni 6,200,000 33

The upside of all of this is that, as it currently stands, none of the November Nine could take the outright lead from Anthony Zinno with a win in November without also making an additional massive POY score. Zinno has accumulated 6,488 points already, dramtically more than recent winners have compiled even by the end of the year.

2015 Bellagio Cup IX $10,400 Main Event

Byron Kaverman climbs to third in POY rankingsWhile the WSOP main event was slowly making it’s way down it’s final table the Bellagio poker room hosted another big tournament of it’s own. The 2015 Bellagio Cup IX $10,400 no-limit hold’em main event drew 301 entries to build a total prize pool of $2,919,700.

In the end Sean Winter emerged victorious, taking home the $562,772 first-place prize and 1,200 POY points. The 2014 Card Player Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville main event champ scored the biggest payday of his career and climbed just outside the top 100 in the POY race as a result of overcoming a stacked final table.

Winter defeated Dominik Nitsche heads-up for the title. The German pro has now made six final tables in 2015. This most recent one earned him $479,732 and 1,000 POY points, moving him into ninth place in the overall POY rankings with 2,840 total points and $905,223 in year-to-date earnings.

Finishing third in the event was Byron Kaverman. He earned $409,219 and 800 points at his eighth final table of 2015. As a result this year’s WSOP $10,000 six-max no-limit hold’em champion moved into third place on the POY leader board with 3,580 points and year-to-date earnings of $2,018,058.

Nick Petrangelo finished fourth for $321,994 and 600 points. This was his seventh final table finish of the year, increasing his point total to 3,104 and his earnings so far in 2015 to $1,332,571. He currently sits in seventh place in the rankings as a result.

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Anthony Zinno 6,488 $3,418,327
2 Joe Kuether 3,778 $1,490,557
3 Byron Kaverman 3,580 $2,018,058
4 Jason Mercier 3,520 $1,369,206
5 Taylor Paur 3,144 $1,446,344
6 Ivan Luca 3,117 $1,172,535
7 Nick Petrangelo 3,104 $1,332,571
8 Igor Yaroshevskyy 3,030 $991,139
9 Dominik Nitsche 2,840 $905,223
10 Benjamin Zamani 2,801 $785,647
11 Dzmitry Urbanovich 2,598 $2,568,415
12 Paul Volpe 2,521 $839,834
13 Keven Stammen 2,516 $659,643
14 Dan Smith 2,508 $1,011,332
15 Justin Liberto 2,488 $857,908
16 Scott Seiver 2,450 $7,528,868
17 Connor Drinan 2,436 $4,408,385
17 Mike Gorodinsky 2,436 $1,684,470
19 Steve O’Dwyer 2,416 $2,711,783
20 Erik Seidel 2,380 $4,523,798


6 years ago

Patrick Chan shows 678 poy pts. Is that a misprint because it is more then 240.