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Card Player Player of the Year Update

1: Vitaly Lunkin — 4,337
2: Eric Baldwin — 4,060
3: Angel Guillen — 3,492
4: Cornel Cimpan — 3,450
5: Brock Parker — 3,132
6: Jeffrey Lisandro — 3,018
7: Poorya Nazari — 3,000
8: Jude Ainsworth — 2,840
9: Jon Turner — 2,788
10: James Van Alstyne — 2,756

This Week in Poker

World Series of Poker

Jeffrey Lisandro Wins WSOP Player of the Year

Author’s Note: News report courtesy of Steve Murphy

Jeffrey LisandroIt’s official.

After a historic summer, Jeffrey Lisandro officially clinched the World Series of Poker’s “Player of the Year” award today. The Australian and Italian dual-citizen wrapped up the distinction when Finnish pro Ville Wahlbeck was eliminated from the main event in Day 3.

Lisandro captured three bracelets in the 2009 World Series of Poker, winning the world championship in seven card razz, the world championship in seven card stud eight-or-better, and winning another bracelet in a $1,500 seven card stud event. He also finished ninth in the seven card stud world championship.

Lisandro was humble and seemingly stunned after winning his third bracelet this summer (and the fourth of his career).

“It took me so long to get the first one,” said Lisandro. “To get three in one year, it’s amazing.”

The main event was included in the overall points system for the Player of the Year award in 2009, but Lisandro’s record-setting performance only left Wahlbeck with a chance to beat him.

Wahlbeck accumulated six top-13 finishes in this year’s World Series, along with his first career bracelet in the world championship mixed games event for $492,375. But once Wahlbeck was knocked out of the main event, it became mathematically impossible for anyone else to surpass Lisandro.

This is not the first time Lisandro has been in the Player of the Year hunt, finishing second to Tom Schneider in 2007. With his impressive summer, Lisandro has catapulted to No. 6 on Card Player’s Player of the Year race.

Lisandro still sports a healthy chip stack in the main event with a little more than 15% of the original field remaining, holding 211,000 in chips. He is aiming for an unprecedented fourth bracelet in a single World Series.

WSOP Main Event Day 1A Recap
WSOP Main Event Day 1B Recap
WSOP Main Event Day 1C Recap
WSOP Main Event Day 1D Recap
WSOP Main Event Day 2A Recap
WSOP Main Event Day 2B Recap

Looking Ahead

40th Annual World Series of Poker

Remaining Main Event Schedule

Saturday, July 11: Day 4
Sunday, July 12: Day 5
Monday, July 13: Day 6
Tuesday, July 14: Day 7 (Play down to 27 players)
Wednesday, July 15: Day 8 (Play down to the final table)

Bellagio Cup V

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Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III

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Dream Team Poker at the WSOP

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