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2016 Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Chance Kornuth and Sam Soverel Climb

Samuel Panzica and Ankush Mandavia Also Made Moves Inside The Top 20


There were some big shake ups this week in the 2016 Card Player Player of the Year race. Here is a look at the events that most impacted the standings:

WPT bestbet Jacksonville $25,000 High Roller

Chance KornuthA $25,000 no-limit hold’em high roller event was added to the tournament schedule at the 2016 World Poker Tour bestbet Bounty Scramble this past week. A total of 19 entries were made in the event, building a prize pool of $456,000.

In the end Chance Kornuth emerged victorious, capturing his third title of the year at his 12th final table. For the win Kornuth earned $186,672 after making a deal with Sam Soverel heads-up. Kornuth also added 420 Player of the Year points, bringing his totals on the year to 4,794 points and $2,279,017 in earnings so far. As a result Kornuth has climbed into third place on the POY leader board.

Soverel, who was at his ninth final table of the year, earned $178,128 and 350 POY points for his latest deep run. The cash-game pro ahs had a breakout year on the tournament circuit, highlighted by winning his first WSOP gold bracelet in a $1,000 pot-limit Omaha tournament. With 4,165 points and $1,444,522 in year-to-date earnings he has moved into seventh place in the overall standings.

WPT bestbet Jacksonville Bounty Scramble Main Event

Sam PanzicaThe 2016 World Poker Tour bestbet Bounty Scramble $5,000 no-limit hold’em main event drew a total of 379 entries to build a final prize pool of $1,762,350.

In the end Sam Panzica came out on top, earning his first WPT title, the top prize of $354,335 and 1,200 POY points. This was his sixth final table finish and third title of 2016, having won both a €10,300 high roller at the European Poker Tour Dublin festival and the 2016 Florida State Poker Championship $1,500 main event. With 3,383 total points and $1,001,908 in year-to-date earning Panzica has climbed into 17th place in the overall POY standings.

Third-place finisher Ankush Mandavia also made a move to join the top 20 in the POY standings as a result of this event. He earned $152,766 and 800 points for his latest deep run. Mandavia has now made six final tables in 2016, including a title run in the $5,000 turbo no-limit hold’em event at this years WSOP for his first gold bracelet, the top prize of $548,139 and a whopping 1,680 POY points. With 3,176 points earned and $1,547,456 in year-to-date scores he now sits in 20th place in the rankings.

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

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Fedor Holz 6,758 $15,988,834
2 David Peters 5,101 $4,998,685
3 Chance Kornuth 4,794 $2,279,017
4 Connor Drinan 4,512 $3,196,592
5 Justin Bonomo 4,470 $2,420,823
6 Ari Engel 4,369 $1,615,365
7 Sam Soverel 4,165 $1,444,522
8 Ivan Luca 3,958 $1,768,778
9 Cary Katz 3,930 $2,328,953
10 Tony Dunst 3,740 $1,125,803
11 Joseph Mckeehen 3,738 $2,972,270
12 Nick Petrangelo 3,711 $1,923,678
13 Paul Volpe 3,671 $932,213
14 Dan Smith 3,629 $4,402,105
15 Bryn Kenney 3,579 $3,711,932
16 Steve O’Dwyer 3,409 $3,368,708
17 Samuel Panzica 3,383 $1,001,908
18 Andjelko Andrejevic 3,332 $1,329,682
19 Anthony Gregg 3,223 $1,775,529
20 Ankush Mandavia 3,176 $1,547,456