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2015 Card Player Player of the Year -- Anthony Zinno Wins Fifth Title To Extend Lead

Jonathan Duhamel Also Won This Week At The Borgata Poker Open


The rich got richer this week in the Card Player Player of the Year race, with two of the top ten earners of the live tournament circuit this year adding titles this week. Here is a look at the tournaments that most effected the 2015 POY standings over the past seven days:

2015 Borgata Poker Open $1,090 Heads-Up NLH

Anthony Zinno Anthony Zinno is putting up an unbelievable year on the live tournament circuit, with incredible numbers in nearly every category by which you could measure live tournament performance.

His most recent win came in a 64-player $1,090 buy-in no-limit hold’em heads-up tournament at the Borgata Poker Open. After defeating Catherine Dever in the final Zinno secured his fifth POY-qualified title of the year, more than any other player on the live circuit (Dzmitry Urbanovich is currently second best with four).

For the win he earned $24,442 to bring his year-to-date earnings to $3,442,769. Thus puts him in seventh place in terms of money earned in 2015, but every single player ahead of him either won an event with a buy-in of $100,000 or more or placed in the top three in the $500,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl.

The 144 Player of the Year points Zinno earned for this latest win extend his lead in the POY standings, bringing his total to 6,632 points as the end of September approaches. To put that in perspective, the last three winners of the Player of the Year title ended the year with point totals of 5,498 (Daniel Colman – 2014), 5,140 (Daniel Negreanu – 2013) and 5,100 (Greg Merson – 2012). Zinno’s five titles and 11 final table finishes would be the best in recent years if the race ended today, and he still has more than a quarter of the year left to play!

Can anybody catch Zinno, or can he continue his unbelievable streak and run away with the 2015 Player of the Year award? Only time will tell.

2015 Borgata Poker Open $200,000 Guaranteed Six-Max NLH

Jonathan Duhamel Jonathan Duhamel joined Zinno in the winner’s circle this week at the Borgata, emerging victorious in the $1,090 buy-in six-max no-limit hold’em $200,000 guaranteed event.

For the win Duhamel earned $70,990 and 456 POY points. Earlier this year he had won the $111,111 World Series of Poker One Drop High Roller for $3,989,985 and 1,320 points. He also won a $5,300 no-limit hold’em prelim at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for another $116,738 and 480 points.

With three final tables made this year Duhamel has walked away with three titles, with his perfect conversion rate enough to catapult him into 35th place in the overall standings.

With 2,256 points and $4,177,713 in year-to-date earnings Duhamel is now only 293 points outside of the top 20.

Here is a look at the current top 20 in the Player of the Year standings:

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Anthony Zinno 6,632 $3,442,769
2 Nick Petrangelo 4,504 $2,020,265
3 Jason Mercier 4,294 $1,896,195
4 Joe Kuether 3,898 $1,502,430
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 Scott Seiver 2,660 $7,566,068
17 Steve O’Dwyer 2,646 $2,968,143
18 Tom Marchese 2,615 $2,386,075
19 Justin Liberto 2,608 $876,582
20 Keven Stammen 2,549 $685,443

Winner photos courtesy of Borgata Poker Open Blog.