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2016 Card Player Player of the Year Race Update -- Joseph McKeehen Climbs To 12th Place

A Look At The Biggest Poker Tournament Results Of The Week


The World Series of Poker is now just a week away, and with it will likely come a major shakeup in the Card Player Player of the Year race standings. Although it was not as busy as the WSOP will be, this week did see a number of events wrap up that made an impact on the overall POY standings. Here is a look at the tournaments that most shook things up over the past seven days:

Parx Big Stax XVI $1,200 NLH

Joseph McKeehenThe Parx Big Stax XVI $1,200 buy-in no-limit hold’em event drew a field of 529 entries to create a $561,883 prize pool. In the end the tournament saw a heads-up deal made between Jason Deutsch and Bahbak Oboodi that essentially had them chop the remaining prize pool for $101,305 each, giving the win to Deutsch.

Reigning World Series of Poker main event champion Joseph McKeehen finished sixth in the event for $21,336 and 280 Player of the Year points. This was McKeehen’s sixth final table finish of 2016. He has cashed for $1,715,829 in live tournaments so far this year, including making a title run in the $25,000 high roller event at the 2016 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star festival.

He started the year off by finishing second in the $25,000 high roller at the European Poker Tour PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for over $1.2 million, the second largest score of his career behind the $7.6 million he won in last year’s main event.

As a result of his consistency in 2016 he has moved into 12th place in the overall standings with 2,127 points.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event

David HubbardDavid Hubbard topped a field of 785 entries to win the 2016 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event. The tournament’s field saw a size increase of over 40 percent over last year’s turnout of 554 entries, building a total prize pool of $1,177,500.

For the win Hubbard was awarded his first WSOPC gold ring, the $235,500 first-place prize and 912 POY points. This was his first POY-qualified score of the year, but it was enough to move him into 113th place in the overall standings on its own.

Hubbard overcame a tough final table on his way to the title, defeating the likes of WSOP bracelet winner David Diaz (4th – $79,776) and WSOPC ring winners Blake Barousse (9th – $22,243) and David Slaughter (5th – $60,253).

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Ari Engel 3,202 $1,221,686
2 Chance Kornuth 2,926 $1,608,105
3 David Peters 2,561 $3,897,415
4 Anthony Gregg 2,546 $983,175
5 Dietrich Fast 2,498 $1,065,949
6 Bryn Kenney 2,474 $2,758,431
7 Steve O’Dwyer 2,454 $2,856,705
8 Igor Kurganov 2,334 $1,499,145
9 Tony Dunst 2,260 $742,479
10 Bryan Piccioli 2,216 $740,345
11 Sam Soverel 2,180 $872,997
12 Joseph McKeehen 2,172 $1,715,829
13 Ivan Luca 2,166 $1,125,277
14 Stefan Schillhabel 1,968 $1,310,659
15 Tom Marchese 1,925 $1,183,278
16 Jan Bendik 1,920 $1,097,077
17 Jason Wheeler 1,896 $475,431
18 Walter Treccarichi 1,872 $314,094
18 Connor Drinan 1,872 $2,038,127
20 Mike Leah 1,848 $279,651