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2015 Card Player Player of the Year -- Benjamin Zamani Climbs To Eighth Place

Byron Kaverman and Mario Javier Lopez Also Climb With WSOPE Scores


The World Series of Poker Europe continues to make a big impact on the Card Player Player of the Year race, with the main event and the €25,000 high roller still to play this week. Here is a look at the tournaments that most effected the 2015 POY standings over the past seven days:

World Series of Poker Europe €3,250 NLH

Mario Javier Lopez after his EPT Barcelona prelim winA total of 256 players turned out for the €3,250 buy-in no-limit hold’em event at the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe, building a prize pool equivalent to $847,200 USD.

In the end Pavlos Xantopoulos came out on top, earning $207,558 and 612 Player of the Year points for the win. Xantopoulos also became only the second Greek player to ever win a WSOP gold bracelet, achieving that feat roughly a week after Makarios Avramidis won the kickoff event of the fetival to become the first.

Xantopoulos topped Mario Javier Lopez heads-up for the win. The Argentinian earned $128,264 and 510 POY points for his fourth final table finish of 2015.

Earlier this year Lopez finished runner-up in the $1,111 WSOP Little One For One Drop no-limit hold’em event for $399,455 and 1,100. Later in the summer he won the EPT / Estrellas Poker Tour Barcelona €1,100 kickoff no-limit hold’em event, outlasting a massive 3,292 entry field to win $473,280 and another 1,200 points.

With year-to-date earnings of $1,007,460 and a total of 2,874 POY points Lopez has now climbed to 16th place in the overall Player of the Year rankings.

World Series of Poker Europe €1,100 NLH Turbo

Benjamin ZamaniThe 2015 World Series of Poker Europe €1,100 no-limit hold’em turbo event drew a field of 546 entries to create a $624,485 prize pool.

Georgios Sotiropoulos ultimately emerged victorious, earning his first WSOP gold bracelet and the €112,133 first-place prize for the win. Sotiropoulos became the third Greek player to ever win a gold bracelet, following in this foot steps of the aforementioned Avramidis and Xantopoulos.

Sotiropoulos topped a stacked final table that included the likes of regining W_PT Championship_ main event winner Asher Conniff (9th – $11,897), Byron Kaverman (8th – $14,976), Brian Hastings (7th – $19,104), John Racener (6th – $24,705) and Benjamin Zamani (3rd – $58,010).

This was Zamani’s sixth final table finish of the year including a win in a $1,500 WSOP no-limit hold’em event this summer for $460,640 and 1,080 points. All told he has 3,361 total points and $843,657 in year-to-date earnings, enough to see him move into eighth place in the POY standings.

Kaverman earned $14,976 and 140 points at his twelfth final table of 2015. He was already in fifth place in the standings, but this score help put some distance between him and sixth-place occupant Dzmitry Urbanovich. Kaverman has now accumulated 4,197 points and $2,379,520 in live tournament earnings for the year.

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 4,197 $2,379,520
6 Dzmitry Urbanovich 3,723 $3,646,914
7 Ivan Luca 3,493 $1,508,323
8 Benjamin Zamani 3,361 $843,657
9 Paul Volpe 3,275 $1,003,036
10 Mustapha Kanit 3,260 $1,988,708
11 Taylor Paur 3,144 $1,446,344
12 Martin Finger 3,116 $1,898,399
13 Igor Yaroshevskyy 3,030 $991,139
14 Javier Zarco 2,960 $1,069,382
15 Barry Hutter 2,956 $1,046,627
16 Mario Javier Lopez 2,874 $1,007,460
17 Steve O’Dwyer 2,871 $3,017,421
18 Dominik Nitsche 2,840 $905,223
19 Tom Marchese 2,825 $2,548,223
20 Michael Wang 2,664 $753,163