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2016 Card Player Player of the Year Race Update -- Harrison Gimbel Wins Big

A Look At The Biggest Poker Tournament Results Of The Week


After several weeks of absolute pandemonium things are mostly back to normal 2016 Card Player Player of the Year race. Although things weren’t quite as crazy as in the beginning of March, there were still a few tournaments that wrapped up this week that awarded plenty of money and POY points. Here is a look at the events that most impacted the rankings over the past seven days:

World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder $3,500 Main Event

Harrison GimbelThere were several exciting narratives in play at the final table of the 2016 World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event. Two-time World Poker Tour main event champion Mohsin Charania was looking to make history by becoming only the fourth player ever to win three WPT titles while Harrison Gimbel had finished fourth in this very same event last year.

In the end it came down to these two players battling out out heads-up to see which story would dominate the poker headlines. After more than 100 hands of heads-up play Gimbel emerged victorious, outlasting the field of 409 players to win his first WPT title and the top prize of $275,112.

Gimbel was also awarded 1,080 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his third final table of the year, having finished fourth in the $1 million guaranteed $1,100 buy-in event at the LuckY Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and then placing ninth in a $500 prelim at the Borgata Winter Poker Open. With 1,638 total points and $371,685 in year-to-date earnings Gimbel now occupies the 21st-place spot in the POY rankings,

Charania has also made three final tables in 2016. The 900 points he earned moved him into 43rd place, with 1,092 total points and $222,970 in earnings so far.

Card Player Poker Tour Wynn $1,600 Main Event

Ludovic GeilichThe 2016 Card Player Poker Tour Wynn Classic $1,600 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, drew a field of 499 entries to build a total prize pool of $726,045 and easily blow past the $500,000 guarantee.

In the end Scottish poker pro Ludovic Geilich emerged victorious, capturing the title and the first-place prize of $150,662.

Geilich also scored 720 Player of the Year points. This was his second final table finish of the year, having placed eighth in a $2,200 prelim at this year’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure as well. He now sits in 98th place in the overall standings.

Runner-up Ed O’Connell earned $106,366 and 600 points for his second-place finish. This was his third final table run of 2016 and as a result he has moved into 66th place on the POY leader board.

Here is a look at the current top 20 in the POY standings:

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Ari Engel 2,614 $1,148,102
2 Anthony Gregg 2,546 $983,175
3 Steve O’Dwyer 2,454 $2,856,705
4 Dietrich Fast 2,210 $1,006,680
5 Ivan Luca 2,046 $854,269
6 Tony Dunst 1,900 $700,000
7 Joseph Mckeehen 1,892 $1,694,493
8 Connor Drinan 1,872 $2,038,127
9 Mike Leah 1,848 $279,651
10 Samantha Abernathy 1,840 $448,532
11 Stefan Schillhabel 1,824 $1,298,000
11 Michael Watson 1,824 $728,325
13 Bryan Piccioli 1,816 $612,440
14 David Peters 1,812 $3,553,082
15 Dzmitry Urbanovich 1,752 $640,093
16 Bryn Kenney 1,750 $2,480,242
16 Chance Kornuth 1,750 $1,150,224
16 Mike Shariati 1,750 $656,540
19 Jason Wheeler 1,704 $429,603
20 Igor Kurganov 1,650 $705,305