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2016 Card Player Player of the Year -- Fedor Holz Extends Lead With Sixth Title of the Year

Nick Petrangelo and Bryn Kenney Also Join Top Ten


The live tournament poker world has converged on the Spanish metropolis of Barcelona for the latest stop of the European Poker Tour. The festival has played hope to some truly massive tournaments, with several more still ongoing. With big turnouts come sizable payouts and chunks of 2016 Card Player Player of the Year points. Here is a look at the tournaments that most impacted the POY standings.

2016 EPT Barcelona €50,000 High Roller

Fedor HolzFedor Holz is absolutely dominating 2016. The 22-year-old German retired poker pro said he was shifting to part-time after winning his first WSOP bracelet this summer, but that didn’t stop him from taking down the EPT Barcelona €50,000 high roller. Holz topped a record field of 102 entries to win €1,300,300 ($1,471,485 USD) and 1,020 POY points.

With six titles, 14 final tables, 6,758 total POY points and $15,988,834 in earnings this year Holz is far and away the leader of the 2016 POY race. His next nearest competitor, Justin Bonomo, is 2,288 points behind. In 2015 Anthony Zinno put together an incredible run and ended the year with 6,632 points. Holz has garnered 126 points more than that before the beginning of September.

Holz has now won high roller events at the EPT, WPT, and WSOP. He started the year off by winning the WPT Philippines $200,000 super high roller for $3,463,500 and 600 points. He made six more final tables before finishing runner-up in the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl $300,000 super high roller for $3.5 million and another 500 points. He then won three seperate high roller events at Aria and finished third in another before capping off his summer by winning the $111,111 One Drop High Roller at the World Series of Poker for $4,981,775 and 1,680 points.

His lifetime earnings of $19,867,366 are enough to move him into ninth place on the all-time earnings list. That fact is made all the more incredible when you consider that his first live tournament cash ever came in 2013. Prior to May of 2015 he had never cashed for six figures in a live event. He has accumulated 20 scores of six figures or more since then.

2016 EPT Barcelona €10,300 High Roller

Nick PetrangeloNick Petrangelo defeated a field of 240 players to win the EPT Barcelona €10,300 no-limit hold’em high roller. For his second title of the year Petrangelo was awarded €413,000 ($466,690 USD) and 1,020 POY points.

Petrangelo finished third in the 2015 POY race and is now again within striking distance of improving on that showing. With the previously mentioned two titles, nine final table finishes, 3,606 POY points and $1,907,875 in year-to-date earnings Petrangelo has moved into ninth place on the overall leader board.

This was Petrangelo’s sixth six-figure score of 2016. His largest cash came when he finished sevneth in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller for $628,679 and 420 points.

2016 EPT Barcelona €2,150 Hyperturbo Bounty

Bryn KenneyLike Petrangelo Bryn Kenney has also been incredibly consistent on the live tournament circuit in recent years. He made eight final tables in both 2014 and 2015 and has already far surpassed that number this year with 13 final table finishes and three titles.

Kenney’s most recent score was a runner-up finish in the 2016 EPT Barcelona €2,150 hyperturbo bounty no-limit hold’em event. Kenney made his way down to heads-up play from a field of 467 players before falling to eventual champion Netanel Amedi.

For his latest deep run Kenney earned $55,958 and 600 points. With year-to-date earnings of $3,711,932 and 3,579 points Kenney has climbed to tenth in the POY rankings.

His largest score of the year came when he took down the 2016 EPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 super high roller event for $1,687,800 and 600 points. He also finished sixth in the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl for an $800,000 payday, the third largest of his career.

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Fedor Holz 6,758 $15,988,834
2 Justin Bonomo 4,470 $2,420,823
3 David Peters 4,331 $4,791,478
4 Tony Dunst 3,740 $1,125,803
5 Joseph Mckeehen 3,738 $2,972,270
6 Chance Kornuth 3,730 $1,954,541
7 Paul Volpe 3,671 $932,213
8 Dan Smith 3,629 $4,402,105
9 Nick Petrangelo 3,606 $1,907,875
10 Bryn Kenney 3,579 $3,711,932
11 Ari Engel 3,494 $1,267,438
12 Cary Katz 3,320 $2,010,521
13 Anthony Gregg 3,223 $1,775,529
14 Andjelko Andrejevic 3,212 $1,303,997
15 Sam Soverel 3,140 $1,058,314
16 Adrien Allain 3,000 $1,005,700
17 Koray Aldemir 2,944 $2,555,935
18 Seth Davies 2,936 $843,497
19 Dominik Nitsche 2,893 $1,288,735
20 Igor Kurganov 2,889 $1,735,145