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2015 Card Player Player of the Year -- Steve O'Dwyer Climbs To Sixth Place

Rainer Kempe and Dzmitry Urbanovich Also Joined Top Ten This Week


The final countdown is on in the 2015 Card Player Player of the Year race. Here is a look at the tournaments that made the biggest impact on the POY standings over the past seven days:

EPT Prague €50,000 Super High Roller

Steve O'Dwyer Steve O’Dwyer became the sixth player of 2015 to win four or more titles by taking down the 2015 EPT Prague €50,000 super high roller. O’Dwyer topped a field of 56 total entries to win $816,666 and 510 POY points at his tenth final table of the year.

With 4,400 and $4,550,025 in year-to-date earnings O’Dwyer has climbed to sixth in the overall POY standings. The American-born poker pro, now based out of Ireland, has increased his career live tournament earnings to over $12 million, moving into 18th place on the all-time money list.

Dzmitry Urbanovich placed fourth for $311,971 and 255 points. This was the Polish sensation’s thirteenth final table score of 2015, including four POY-qualified titles. With 3,978 points and $3,958,885 in earnings so far this year he has taken over the tenth-place position on the POY leader board.

John Juanda finished eighth for $117,713 and 85 points at his third final table of the year. He sits in 39th place in the standings largely due to his win in the massive EPT Barcelona main event for $1,186,208 and 2,160 points.

EPT Prague €25,500 ‘Single Day’ High Roller

Rainer KempeThe other big event in Prague that wrapped up this week was the EPT Prague €25,500 ‘Single Day’ High Roller tournament. A total of 80 entries were made to build a prize pool of $2,151,591.

The top 11 finishers made the money, but in the end the lion’s share went to Rainer Kempe. The German poker pro came out on top, earning $587,510 and 672 Player of the Year points for the win.

This was Kempe’s first title of the year and his eighth final table finish. His biggest previous score was his fifth-place showing in the EPT Barcelona main event for $371,664 and 900 POY points. With a total of 4,392 points and $1,508,065 in year-to-date earnings he has moved into seventh place in the overall standings.

Adrian Mateos Diaz finished fourth for $210,425 and 336 points at his sixth final table of the year. With two titles, year-to-date earnings of $1,534,643 and 2,952 points he has moved into 28th place in the POY rankings.

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Anthony Zinno 6,632 $3,442,769
2 Joe Kuether 6,070 $2,084,691
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 Steve O’Dwyer 4,400 $4,550,025
7 Rainer Kempe 4,392 $1,508,065
8 Jason Mercier 4,294 $1,896,195
9 Taylor Paur 3,984 $1,971,944
10 Dzmitry Urbanovich 3,978 $3,958,885
11 Mario Javier Lopez 3,898 $1,204,412
12 Mustapha Kanit 3,860 $2,259,859
13 Joseph Mckeehen 3,748 $7,774,650
14 Kevin MacPhee 3,710 $1,795,306
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 Nipun Java 3,240 $603,262
20 Michael Wang 3,218 $811,673