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2015 Card Player Player of the Year -- Steve O'Dwyer Joins Top 20

Mike Leah Moves To 26th Place With Fourth Final Table Of 2015


The World Series of Poker Europe festival has already made an impact on the Card Player Player of the Year race after the completion of only a few tournaments. Here is a look at the tournaments that most effected the 2015 POY standings over the past seven days:

World Series of Poker Europe €550 No-Limit Hold’em ‘Oktoberfest’

Steve O'DwyerDietrich Fast topped a huge field of 2,144 entries to emerge victorious in the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe €550 no-limit hold’em ‘Oktoberfest’ event. For the win he earned his first WSOP gold bracelet and the $179,077 first-place prize.

Fast also scored 540 Player of the Year points at his lone final table of the year so far. Fifth-place finisher Steve O’Dwyer earned $49,278 and 225 POY points at his sixth final table of the year.

O’Dwyer got 2015 off to the best start possible when he topped a field of 66 entries in the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 super high roller to win $1,872,580 and 720 points. His second title came in a 2015 APPT Macau Poker prelim, in which he topped a field of 237 in a HKD$20,000 ($2,577 USD) buy-in no-limit hold’em event to score $129,106 and 576 points.

With this most recent final table finish in Germany O’Dwyer was catapulted into 15th in the overall standings with 2,871 total points and $3,017,421 in year-to-date earnings.

World Series of Poker Europe €3,250 Pot-Limit Omaha Eight Max

Mike Leah Richard Gryko came out on top in the 2015 WSOP Europe €3,250 pot-limit Omaha event, defeating a field of 161 entries to win his first gold bracelet, the $144,033 first-place prize and 468 POY points.

This was Gryko’s first POY-qualified final table finish of 2015 but it was runner-up Mike Leah’s fourth final table of the year. The Canadian’s biggest score this year was his runner-up finish in the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event. He earned $701,350 and 1,750 POY points for finishing second out of a field of 538 entries.

Leah finished third in the Player of the Year race in 2014 and is once again in contention in the POY race following this most recent deep run, which was enough to move him into 26th place in the rankings with 2,530 points and $874,786 in to-date earnings.

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 Steve O’Dwyer 2,871 $3,017,421
16 Dominik Nitsche 2,840 $905,223
17 Tom Marchese 2,825 $2,548,223
18 Benjamin Zamani 2,801 $785,647
19 Michael Wang 2,664 $753,163
20 Scott Seiver 2,660 $7,566,068
20 Erik Seidel 2,660 $4,581,398