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This Week in Poker -- June 6-12

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Card Player Player of the Year Update

1: Cornel Cimpan — 3,450
2: Brock Parker — 3,132
3: Poorya Nazari — 3,000
4: Jude Ainsworth — 2,840
5: Peter Rho — 2,600
6: Mike Sowers — 2,560
7: Anthony Gregg — 2,500
8: Vitaly Lunkin — 2,477
9: Yevgeniy Timoshenko — 2,448
10: Pieter de Korver — 2,400
10: Constant Rijkenberg — 2,400

POY Movement:

Cornel Cimpan

Cornel Cimpan Takes the POY Lead

The Card Player Player of the Year race has gone through some big changes during the first 14 events at the 2009 World Series of Poker. There have been thousands upon thousands of points awarded to bracelet winners and final tablists at the Rio, and there is a new POY leader for the first time since January as a result. Cornel Cimpan scored the first WSOP cash of his career when he finished in fourth place at event No. 10 ($2,500 pot-limit hold’em/pot-limit Omaha) on June 5. Cimpan took home $69,546 along with 720 points for the win, which gives him 3,450 points total.

Cimpan now holds a 318-point lead over double-bracelet-winner Brock Parker for the top spot in the 2009 race with 3,450. Parker sits in second place with 3,132 points, and rounding out the top three is Poorya Nazari, who holds 3,000 points.

The bulk of Cimpan’s points came when he won the L.A. Poker Classic main event in February to take home $1,686,760 and 2,400 points. Cimpan made another final table at the 2009 LAPC, finishing in fifth place in a $1,000 no-limit hold’em event to secure an additional 330 points.

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Brock Parker

Event No. 19 – Brock Parker Wins his Second Gold Bracelet of the Week

On June 7, Brock Parker won his first gold bracelet in event No. 14 ($2,500 six-handed limit hold’em) at the World Series of Poker, along with $223,688 in prize money. The morning after his victory, Parker entered event No. 19 ($2,500 six-handed no-limit hold’em), and he survived day 1 on June 8. June 9 saw Parker roll into the money and make the final day, just one of 11 players remaining. On Wednesday, June 10, Parker pulled off the unthinkable and won his second gold bracelet in four days time. Parker took home $552,745 for his second WSOP victory and the respect of the poker world for his incredible consistency.

Parker has now made $776,433 at the 2009 WSOP, and his amazing run of back-to-back bracelets brings back memories of Jeff Madsen in 2006, or John Phan in 2008. Parker has also accumulated 3,132 Card Player Player of the Year points for the two wins, and he is currently in second place in the standings, behind leader Cornel Cimpan.

Here are the final results:

1. Brock Parker – $552,745
2. Joseph Serock – $341,783
3. Russell Crane – $220,633
4. Jesse Rios – $148,661
5. Alex Wilson – $104,323
6. Clayton Newman – $76,123

Event No. 9 – Ken Aldridge Winner Story
Event No. 10 – Rami Boukai Winner Story
Event No. 11 – Anthony Harb Winner Story
Event No. 12 – Ville Wahlbeck Winner Story
Event No. 13 – Keven Stammen Winner Story
Event No. 14 – Brock Parker Winner Story
Event No. 15 – Brian Lemke Winner Story
Event No. 16 – Jeffrey Lisandro Winner Story
Event No. 17 – Lisa Hamilton Winner Story
Event No. 18 – Daniel Alaei Winner Story
Event No. 20 – John-Paul Kelly Winner Story
Event No. 21 – Zachary Fellows Winner Story

Looking Ahead

40th Annual World Series of Poker

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Binion’s Poker Classic

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Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III

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Caesars Mega Stack Series

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Borgata Summer Open

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The Golden Nugget Grand Poker Series

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