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2015 Card Player Player of the Year -- Barry Hutter Climbs To 14th Place

Erik Seidel and Tom Marchese Also Made Moves This Week with Scores At Aria


Big moves were made this week 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:

Aria $25,000 High Rollers XV and XVI

Erik SeidelEach and every month Aria Resort & Casino plays host to back-to-back $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller events. The first of the two high stakes showdowns drew a total of 24 entries to build a $576,000 prize pool.

In the end Sean Winter emerged victorious, taking home $314,352 and 420 POY points for the win. This was the young Floridian’s second title of the year at his fifth final table of 2015. All told Winter has accumulated $1,153,952 and 2,149 points, enough to move into 41st place in the overall POY rankings.

Barry Hutter finished second for $204,048 and 350 POY points. Erik Seidel placed third for $57,600 and 280 points. The eight-time WSOP bracelet winner has now made nine final tables this year, with two title wins in a February running of this same tournament and the €100,000 EPT Grand Final super high roller. Seidel has climbed into a tie for 19th place in the Player of the Year standings with 2,660 points and $4,581,398 in year-to-date earnings.

The following day the Aria High Roller XVI drew a 31-entry field to build a $744,000 prize pool. Barry Hutter, fresh off his runner-up finish the day before, came out on top the second time around. For the win he scored $214,078 and 420 POY points.

Barry HutterThis was Hutter’s second title and eighth final table of the year, bringing his year-to-date earnings to $1,046,627.

He now has 2,956 total POY points, enough to catapult him into 14th place in the overall standings. His other title came when he topped a field of 1,000 players in the $1,500 no-limit hold’em shootout at the WSOP, for which he earned $283,546 and 960 points.

Hutter topped a stacked final table that included Brian Rast (2nd – $192,133), Byron Kaverman (3rd – $175,641) and Tom Marchese (4th – $162,148). Marchese has now made eight final tables in 2015 with three titles.

Incredibly, only one of his final table finishes come from events outside of the Aria Poker Room. All three of his wins came in $25,000 Aria high rollers. He now has 2,825 total points, enough to move into 16th place in the POY standings.

2015 Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5 Main Event

Behzad TeranieA total of 289 players turned out for the $1,600 buy-in 2015 Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5 main event, creating a prize pool of $420,784.

Behzad Teranie came out on top, winning $65,857 and 456 Player of the year points. This is the Los Angeles residents first tournament score of the year, but he now has $973,948 in lifetime tournament earnings.

Teranie topped a pretty tough final table that included the likes of former WPT main event Jordan Cristos (4th – $53,000), Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw main event champ Maxx Dansky (7th – $14,307) and WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Welch (9th – $8,794).

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Anthony Zinno 6,632 $3,442,769
2 Nick Petrangelo 5,134 $2,091,789
3 Joe Kuether 4,858 $1,765,424
4 Jason Mercier 4,294 $1,896,195
5 Byron Kaverman 4,057 $2,364,544
6 Dzmitry Urbanovich 3,723 $3,646,914
7 Ivan Luca 3,493 $1,508,323
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 Javier Zarco 2,960 $1,069,382
14 Barry Hutter 2,956 $1,046,627
15 Dominik Nitsche 2,840 $905,223
16 Tom Marchese 2,825 $2,548,223
17 Benjamin Zaman 2,801 $785,647
18 Michael Wang 2,664 $753,163
19 Scott Seiver 2,660 $7,566,068
19 Erik Seidel 2,660 $4,581,398