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2015 Card Player Player of the Year -- Rainer Kempe Joins Top 20

Michael Wang, Darryl Fish and Mike Leah Also Made Moves This Week

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As the final month of year approaches the Card Player Player of the Year race is entering it’s home stretch. Here is a look at the many tournaments that made the biggest impact on the POY standings over the action-packed past seven days:

WPT Montreal Main Event

Rainer KempeThe 2015 partypoker.net World Poker Tour Montreal no-limit hold’em main event attracted a solid field of 697 entries, each posting the CAD $3,850 buy-in to build a total prize pool of $1,772,694. In the end the grand prize went to Jared Mahoney, who was awarded $354,001 and 1,260 Player of the Year points for his win.

Runner-up Darryll Fish earned $237,767 and 1,050 POY points for his second-place finish. This was Fish’s ninth final table finish of 2015, including a win in the World Series of Poker Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club main event in February. With 3,126 total POY points and year-to-date earnings of $649,872 Fish has climbed into 21st place in the overall Player of the Year standings.

Fish was not the only player to make a big move in the rankings this week with a deep run in this event. Germany’s Rainer Kempe finished third for $153,078 and 840 points. This was his seventh final table of the year, bringing his point total to 3,720 and his year-to-date earnings to $920,555. As a result he now occupies the 12th-place spot on the POY leader board.

Borgata Fall Poker Open Prelims

The 2015 Borgata Fall Poker Open is a 19-event tournament series running from Nov. 10th through the 25th. The centerpiece of the whole affair is a $1 million guaranteed $2,700 buy-in main event running from Nov. 22 – 25, but plenty of the preliminary tournaments have made their impact felt in the POY race.

Michael WangMichael Wang topped a field of 113 entries in the $100,000 guaranteed $1,090 buy-in six-max no-limit hold’em event.

For the win he was awarded $32,884 and 240 points and his second title of the year, having won a $5,000 no-limit hold’em six-max event at the World Series of Poker this summer. With 3,158 points and year-to-date earnings of $806,474 Wang has climbed into 19th place in the POY standings.

Mike Leah took down the $100,000 guaranteed $560 buy-in event, outlasting the field of 194 to win his first title of the year at his fifth final table.

For the win he scored $27,182 and 168 POY points. His biggest score of the year was a runner-up finish in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic main event, for which he earned $701,350 and 1,750 points. With 2,698 points and $901,968 in earnings so far in 2015 he now sits in 33rd place in the rankings.

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 Joe Kuether 5,658 $1,986,272
3 Nick Petrangelo 5,526 $2,347,061
4 Byron Kaverman 5,342 $3,008,957
5 Benjamin Zamani 4,561 $1,095,924
6 Jason Mercier 4,294 $1,896,195
7 Mario Javier Lopez 3,898 $1,204,412
8 Steve O’Dwyer 3,890 $3,733,359
9 Mustapha Kanit 3,860 $2,259,859
10 Joseph Mckeehen 3,748 $7,774,650
11 Dzmitry Urbanovich 3,723 $3,646,914
12 Rainer Kempe 3,720 $920,555
13 Kevin MacPhee 3,710 $1,795,306
14 Taylor Paur 3,564 $1,719,944
15 Ivan Luca 3,493 $1,508,323
16 Igor Yaroshevskyy 3,396 $1,045,372
17 Jack Salter 3,331 $784,954
18 Paul Volpe 3,275 $1,003,036
19 Michael Wang 3,158 $806,474
20 Erik Seidel 3,130 $4,912,079