Poker Coverage: Poker Tournaments Casino News Sports Betting Poker Strategy

2016 Card Player Player of the Year Race Update -- Anthony Gregg, Bryn Kenney and Fedor Holz Make Moves

A Look At The Biggest Poker Tournament Results Of The Week


The final week before the World Series of Poker was an eventful one, with plenty of massive tournaments impacting the Card Player Player of the Year race standings. Here is a look at the events that most helped to shape the POY leaderboard over the past seven days:

Aria Super High Roller VII

Anthony Gregg moves into 2nd placeThe $50,000 buy-in Aria Super High Roller VII no-limit hold’em eight-max event attracted 51 entries, building a total prize pool in excess of $2.4 million dollars.

In the end Timofey Kuznetsov emerged victorious, taking home $748,446 and 510 POY points for the win.

Anthony Gregg finished in second place for $671,394 and 425 points. This was Gregg’s sixth final-table finish of the year, including a runner-up showing in the EPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $5,300 no-limit hold’em main for another $612,175 and 1,520 points. With 2,971 total Player of the Year points and $1,654,569 in year-to-date earnings Gregg has climbed into second place on the POY leader board.

Fedor Holz finished seventh for $122,400 and 128 points. He is having quite the year, which we will get to more in the next section of this article because he was not done with deep runs this week.

2016 $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl

Fedor Holz climbs to 8th placeRainer Kempe has won the $300,000 buy-in 2016 Super High Roller Bowl, overcoming a tough field of 49 of poker’s biggest stars to capture the title, the $5,000,000 first-place prize and 600 POY points.

The event featured a stacked final table, as you would expect, and in the end it came down to a heads-up showdown between Kempe and fellow German poker pro Fedor Holz. The two battled it out for several hours but in the end Kempre came out on top.

For his runner-up finish Holz earned $3,500,000 and 500 POY points. This was his eighth final table of the year, and with 2,368 points and $7,821,741 in year-to-date earnings he has climbed into eighth place on the overall leader board. He now has $11,658,354 in career live earnings, enough to move him into the lead on the German all-time money list.

Sixth-place finisher Bryn Kenney was at his tenth final table of the year. The $800,000 and 200 points he earned from this latest score were enough to move him into fourth place in the POY standings with 2,674 points and $3,558,431 in earnings so far in 2016.

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

Rank Player POY Points POY Earnings
1 Ari Engel 3,202 $1,221,686
2 Anthony Gregg 2,971 $1,654,569
3 Chance Kornuth 2,926 $1,608,105
4 Bryn Kenney 2,674 $3,558,431
5 David Peters 2,561 $3,897,415
6 Dietrich Fast 2,498 $1,065,949
7 Steve O’Dwyer 2,454 $2,856,705
8 Fedor Holz 2,368 $7,821,741
9 Igor Kurganov 2,334 $1,499,145
10 Tony Dunst 2,260 $742,479
11 Bryan Piccioli 2,216 $740,345
12 Sam Soverel 2,180 $872,997
13 Joseph Mckeehen 2,172 $1,715,829
14 Ivan Luca 2,166 $1,125,277
15 Stefan Schillhabel 1,968 $1,310,659
16 Tom Marchese 1,925 $1,183,278
17 Jan Bendik 1,920 $1,097,077
17 Samantha Abernathy 1,920 $456,461
19 Jason Wheeler 1,896 $475,431
20 Walter Treccarichi 1,872 $314,094