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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

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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