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Online Poker -- Steve Gross Still Leads OPOY Race

Just Four Weeks Remain to Claim Online Player of the Year Honors

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Jeremiah VinsantAlready sporting a sizable lead in the 2009 Card Player Online Player of the Year race, Steve “gboro780” Gross went ahead and gave himself more of a cushion anyway this Sunday with a third-place finish in the PokerStars $200 rebuy. The score added an additional $20,407 to his bankroll, bringing his year-to-date winnings to an astounding $1,180,760.

With more than 1,200 points to make up and just four weeks remaining, it is looking more and more difficult for second-place resident David “Sir Sands” Sands to catch up. Right on his heels is Thayer “THAY3R” Rasmussen, who recently took the third-place spot from the semi-retired Shaun “TedsFishFry” Deeb. Rasmussen helped his cause with a second-place finish in the $100 rebuy on Full Tilt, where he pocketed $18,832.

Nicholas GrippoFifth-place belongs to Jeremiah “Believer82” Vinsant (pictured above left), who had a strong Sunday Mulligan performance, picking up 600 points and $36,148 for his runner-up effort. The cash put Vinsant over the $2 million mark for lifetime winnings, most of which have come online.

Nicholas “GripDsNutz” Grippo (pictured right) is back in ninth place thanks to a stellar week that saw three final tables, including a runner-up finish in the $100 rebuy. His OPOY-qualifying cashes added up to roughly $30,000 and 340 points. Daniel “djk123” Kelly bumped Gregory “gregior” Howard from the 10th-place spot thanks to a second-place showing in the $100 rebuy on Full Tilt.

The rest of the top 10 is rounded out by Jonathan “shipitobv” Delong (sixth), Chris “Moorman1” Moorman (seventh), and Joseph “hoodini10” Udine (eighth).

Here is a look at the top 10 as of Dec. 4, 2009.

Rank Player Name OPOY Points 2009 Earnings
1st Steve “gboro780” Gross 9,788 $1,180,760
2nd David “Sir Sands” Sands 8,524 $923,418
3rd Thayer “THAY3R” Rasmussen 8,428 $670,409
4th Shaun “TedsFishFry” Deeb 8,290 $788,451
5th Jeremiah “Believer82” Vinsant 7,976 $829,124
6th Jonathan “shipitobv” Delong 7,926 $764,124
7th Chris “Moorman1” Moorman 7,828 $905,312
8th Joseph “hoodini10” Udine 7,680 $848,686
9th Nicholas “GripDsNutz” Grippo 7,500 $707,535
10th Daniel “djk123” Kelly 7,436 $1,380,744