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Poker Pro Isaac Baron Wins Online Player of the Year

Baron Holds Tenuous Lead Through Last Few Days


Isaac 'westmenloAA' BaronThe final few days of the Card Player Online Player (OPOY) of the Year race were nail-biters, but then, most of the year was for the top contenders. In the end, however, Isaac "westmenloAA" Baron came out on top to take down the coveted title.

The top two players, Baron (8,304 points) and Matt "ch0ppy" Kay (8,278 points), were a mere 26 points from each other with barely a week of tournaments left to play after Baron pulled into the lead by taking down a $200 rebuy tournament on PokerStars. Kay could have made almost any OPOY-qualified finish to push himself back into the lead in the remaining eight days. Their next-closest competitor, Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi, was relatively far back with 6,676 points. Mizzi, previously the leader in the race, would have needed to win the PokerStars Sunday Million and then make additional scores to be able to catch up.

Baron concluded an amazing year with his OPOY win. He began his trek up the OPOY leader board by winning a $500 buy-in version of the PokerStars Sunday Million on Jan. 28, for which he earned $255,000. As far as the rest of his year goes, if we take into account only his OPOY-qualified finishes (and he assuredly has plenty of cashes in lesser tournaments), he earned $1,036,452, made 37 top-20 finishes, made 20 final tables, and took down seven events. He had 18 cashes for at least five figures.

Baron's competition was fierce. Kay started the year as the leader board leader by taking down the first Sunday Million in 2007. As the year progressed, Baron and Mizzi spent some time in the top spot, Mizzi having gotten there through consistent deep finishes. A plethora of other notable poker pros crept into the top 10 spots and staked their claims, most of whom stuck it out throughout most of the year (see the final list of the top 10 players below).

Click here to view the entire list of official OPOY standings.

Player OPOY points OPOY winnings
1 Isaac "westmenloAA" Baron 8,304 $1,036,452
2 Matt "ch0ppy" Kay 8,278 $823,067
3 Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi 6,676 $615,419
4 James "P0KERPR0" Campbell 5,938 $616,616
5 Greg "DuckU" Hobson 5,922 $623,004
6 Luke "Bdbeatslayer" Vrabel 5,880 $541,447
7 "Andy McLEOD" 5,840 $537,512
8 Chad "lilholdem954" Batista 5,814 $767,559
9 Scott "SCTrojans" Freeman 5,770 $561,886
10 Jon "PearlJammer" Turner 4,912 $428,613


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14 years ago

mizzi got there through multi accounting, come on card player, lets keep up with things here. He couldn't win at pstars because he's banned!