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2015 Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Nick Petrangelo Climbs To Second

Mustapha Kanit Moves Into Ninth Place WIth Win In Huge EPT Barcelona Prelim

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Some big changes have taken place near the top of the standings this week in the Card Player Player of the Year race. Here is a look at the tournaments that most effected the 2015 POY standings over the past seven days:

EPT Barcelona €10,300 High Roller

Nick PetrangeloA huge field of 506 players turned out for the European Poker Tour Barcelona €10,300 no-limit hold’em high roller event, building a prize pool equivalent to $5,487,368 USD.

In the end the lion’s share of that was awarded to Mustapha Kanit, who topped a stacked final table to win $856,960 and 2,100 Player of the Year points. The Italian poker pro, who finished fourth in the POY race last year, has made five final tables in 2015. This was his second title run of the year on the live circuit, having also won the €50,000 high roller event at this year’s EPT Grand Final in May for $1,039,515 and 612 points. Kanit now has 3,260 total points and $1,988,708 in year-to-date earnings for 2015, enough to move him into ninth place in the overall POY standings.

Nick Petrangelo finished third in this event for $687,694 and 1,400 POY points. This was his eighth final table finish of the year, including a win in the $3,000 no-limit hold’em shootout event at the World Series of Poker for his first bracelet and $201,812. He also took down a $5,300 no-limit hold’em prelim at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this January. All told he has garnered 4,504 points and $2,020,265 in earnings this year, enough to move him into second place on the leaderboard.

EPT Barcelona €5,300 Main Event

John JuandaWith a record turnout of 1,694 entries the 2015 European Poker Tour Barcelona €5,300 no-limit hold’em main event is the largest main event field in the history of the EPT. As a result of the gigantic amount of players the event built a prize pool of $9,185,376
USD.

From the sea of entrants only one could leave as the champion, and in the end that was none other than five-time WSOP bracelet winner John Juanda. The 44-year-old poker pro earned $1,186,208 and 2,160 POY points for the win, the third-largest score of his illustrious career. This is his lone final table finish of the year, but a large enough score on it’s own to move him into 36th place in the overall standings.

With this latest win Juana increased his life tournament earnings to more than $16.7 million, enough to move him into 10th place on the all-time money list.

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 Nick Petrangelo 4,504 $2,020,265
3 Jason Mercier 4,294 $1,896,195
4 Joe Kuether 3,778 $1,490,557
5 Byron Kaverman 3,777 $2,188,903
6 Dzmitry Urbanovich 3,723 $3,646,914
7 Ivan Luca 3,423 $1,497,915
8 Paul Volpe 3,275 $1,003,036
9 Mustapha Kanit 3,260 $1,988,708
10 Taylor Paur 3,144 $1,446,344
11 Martin Finger 3,116 $1,898,399
12 Igor Yaroshevskyy 3,030 $991,139
13 Dominik Nitsche 2,840 $905,223
14 Benjamin Zamani 2,801 $785,647
15 Steve O’Dwyer 2,646 $2,968,143
16 Justin Liberto 2,608 $876,582
17 Keven Stammen 2,549 $685,443
18 Jose Carlos Garcia 2,545 $636,877
19 Adrian Mateos Diaz 2,536 $1,305,155
20 Dan Smith 2,508 $1,011,332