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This Week in Poker -- Oct. 10-16

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Card Player Player of the Year Update

1: Eric Baldwin — 5,596 (pictured right)
2: Yevgeniy Timoshenko — 5,463
3: Vitaly Lunkin — 4,337
4: Brock Parker — 3,772
5: Jason Mercier — 3,711
6: Cornel Cimpan — 3,570
7: Angel Guillen — 3,492
8: Daniel Negreanu — 3,342
9: Mike Leah — 3,257
10: Alexandre Gomes — 3,120

This Week in Poker

Eric Baldwin Takes Back the POY Lead in Aruba

The 2009 UltimateBet Aruba Poker Classic $5,000 no-limit hold’em championship final table took place on Saturday, Oct. 10, and Eric Baldwin cashed in fourth place. With the 960 Card Player Player of the Year points he was awarded, he moved back into first place in the POY race, overtaking the former leader Yevgeniy Timoshenko. Baldwin now holds 5,596 points for the year. Baldwin has scored POY points on 10 different occasions in 2009 to build up his massive point total. His greatest hits include a win at the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza $2,000 no-limit hold’em tournament in April, which netted him 1,008 points, and he followed that up with two more 1,000-point performances at the 40th-annual World Series of Poker. He took home 1,440 points when he won event No. 34 ($1,500 no-limit hold’em), and he added another 1,120 points when he cashed in third place in event No. 45 ($10,000 pot-limit hold’em world championship).

Another player who used the Aruba final table to make a move in the POY standings was Brock Parker. He finished in sixth place and picked up 640 points. Parker moved into fourth place with his total points standing at 3,772. Like the current leader mentioned above, Parker also gained the bulk of his points at this summer’s WSOP. Parker was the first double-bracelet winner during the summer, winning event No. 14 ($2,500 six-handed limit hold’em) to take home 1,332 points, and following that up with a win in event No. 19 ($2,500 six-handed no-limit hold’em) to add another 1,800 points.


Brandon Hall Wins Aruba Poker Classic
Mike Sexton Selected as Sole 2009 Poker Hall of Fame Inductee
Festa al Lago – Howard Lederer Wins $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event

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