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2015 Card Player Player of the Year -- Shepsky and Ottenio Win Huge Events

A Look At The Biggest Poker Tournament Results Of The Week


The eyes of the tournament poker world were on Colorado and New Jersey 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:

2015 HPT Golden Gates Casino $1,650 Main Event

Matt ShepskyA total of 721 entries turned out for the 2015 Heartland Poker Tour Golden Gates Casino $1,650 no-limit hold’em main event, building a massive prize pool of $1,059,870.

In the end Matt Shepsky emerged victorious, capturing the $227,864 first-place prize and the 912 Player of the Year points. This was the Illinois native’s second title of 2015, having won a $660 buy-in tournament that headlined the WSOP Circuit Summer Warm-Up Series at the Horseshoe Hammond in early August. In that event he overcame a field of 338 to win $47,200 and 240 points.

Shepsky defeated Rex Clinkscales heads-up this week. This was Clinkscales fourth final table of the year, including a win in a $400 buy-in $200,000 guaranteed event at the Deepstack Extravaganza III this summer for $39,500 and 420 points.

For this latest deep run he earned $144,069 and 760 points, enough to move him into 86th place in the overall rankings with 1,603 total points and $250,383 in year-to-date earnings.

2015 Borgata Winer Poker Open $2 Million Guarantee

Federico OttenioThe 2015 Borgata Winter Poker Open $560 buy-in $2 million guaranteed no-limit hold’em kickoff event drew a huge turnout of 3,922 entries, but that was still not enough to surpass the promised prize pool, resulting in an overlay.

Federico Ottenio came out on top in the end, earning $325,127 and 660 POY points after outlasting the gigantic field. At the final table he had to contend with two players who had made huge runs in events at the Borgata in recent years. Third place finisher Sirous Jamshidi had finished runner-up in the 2010 Borgata Winter Open main event. For this most recent score he earned $139,376 and 440 points.

Will ‘The Thrill’ Failla won this same event in 2012, topping a field of 1,873 entries to win $165,053. Not only did he have a history of success in this event, he had won a $2,500 event at the Borgata earlier this year for $283,301 and 1,080 points.

In this event he finished seventh to earn $50,470 and 165 points. This was his fifth final table of the year and as a result he’s climbed to 88th place in the overall standings with 1,571 points and $391,507 in earnings in 2015 so far.

Here is a look at the current top twenty 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 Michael Wang 2,664 $753,163
16 Steve O’Dwyer 2,646 $2,968,143
17 Justin Liberto 2,608 $876,582
18 Keven Stammen 2,549 $685,443
19 Jose Carlos Garcia 2,545 $636,877
20 Adrian Mateos Diaz 2,536 $1,305,155