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Card Player's Inaugural Online Player of the Year a Close Race

Matt 'Ch0ppy' Kay Leads Race

Card Player Media is gearing up to award its first-annual Card Player Online Player of the Year (OPOY) award and the race for the top spot is too close to call.

Established this year, the OPOY was developed to recognize outstanding achievement in online poker. The award tracks all online tournaments open to U.S. players that attract at least 100 or more participants and have a buy in of $100 or more and a total prize pool of over $100,000.

Matt 'ch0ppy' KayWith notable online players Matt "ch0ppy" Kay, Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi, and Chad "lilholdem954" Batista leading the way, the 2007 OPOY is filled with dynamic players focused on winning this prestigious award. Information on the race and these top players can be found at's Online Zone, the most comprehensive place for online poker information on the Internet.

"Card Player saw the need to recognize online poker player's accomplishments," said Shawn Green, content manager for "Internet players often overcome fields of 5,000 to 7,000 players and it was time these outstanding players were acknowledged for their achievements in the preeminent poker publication."

Card Player established its Player of the Year award, which tracks live poker tournament winners, in 1997. Since that time, the award has become the most respected tournament poker ranking system in the industry.

The top five in the 2007 OPOY race are:

Place Player Points OPOY Winnings
1 Matt "ch0ppy" Kay 6,574 $670,937
2 Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi 6,240 $552,379
3 Chad "lilholdem954" Batista 5,090 $678,897
4 "Andy McLEOD" 5,066 $451,432
5 Isaac "westmenloAA" Baron 5,004 $597,980

"I am very happy with my progress this year," said Kay. "I promise I won't make it easy for Sorel."

Online poker players have another three months to compete for the 2007 OPOY title. With OPOY-qualified tournaments being played daily on several poker sites, the No. 1 spot is still wide open and attainable for many players. The current and future standings can be viewed by clicking here.

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Lara Miller
Director of Public Relations
Card Player Media

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