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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


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 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