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Card Player Player of the Year Update

1: Eric Baldwin — 5,898
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: Mike Leah — 3,497
8: Angel Guillen — 3,492
9: Daniel Negreanu — 3,342
10: Alexandre Gomes — 3,120

This Week in Poker

WSOP Main Event Final Table Points Could Change Things in the Top 10

This past week saw no movement in the top 10 spots in the Card Player player of the year race, but that will hardly be the case next week, when both the World Series of Poker main-event final table and the World Poker Tour World Poker Finals final table will each award thousands of points. The WSOP main event is the largest POY prize of the year, and 2009 is no different. Here is a look at how many points will be awarded to each spot at the final table at the Rio Hotel and Casino:

1st — 3,600
2nd — 3,000
3rd — 2,400
4th — 1,800
5th — 1,500
6th — 1,200
7th — 900
8th — 600
9th — 300

Here is a look at the POY points that each main event final table contestant currently holds:

Phil Ivey – 1,908 (pictured above right)
Kevin Schaffel – 1,400
Antoine Saout – 495
Eric Buchman – 456
James Akenhead – 345
Steven Begleiter – 140
Jeff Shulman, Darvin Moon, Joe Cada – 0

Phil Ivey would jump into second place with a world-championship victory, and Kevin Schaffel would make the leap to third place. In any case, the winner of the biggest final table of the year next week in Las Vegas will jump right into the middle of the POY race, because the massive prize for first place will vault any player in the race all the way up to sixth place overall instantly. All eyes turn to Las Vegas.

Headlines

WSOP – Main Event Final Table Preview
WPT – World Poker Finals Day 1
EPT – PokerStars Releases Full Season Six Schedule
PokerStars Announces U.K. and Ireland Poker Tour

Looking Ahead

WSOP Main Event Final Table

Saturday, Nov. 7: Play down from nine to two begins at noon PST.
Monday, Nov. 9: Heads-up final begins at 10 p.m. PST.

WPT World Poker Finals

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WSOP Circuit – Harvey’s Lake Tahoe

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Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza IV

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L.A. Poker Open

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U.S. Poker Championship

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Master Classics of Poker

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APPT Philippines

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B.C. Poker Championships

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