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Card Player Player of the Year Update

1: Eric Baldwin — 6,994 (pictured right)
2: Cornel Cimpan — 5,934
3: Yevgeniy Timoshenko — 5,509
4: Vitaly Lunkin — 4,473
5: Soheil Shamseddin — 4,283
6: Jason Mercier — 4,130
7: Brock Parker — 3,772
8: Joseph Cada — 3,600
9: Mike Leah — 3,497
10: Angel Guillen — 3,492

This Week in Poker

Eric Baldwin Captures 2009 POY Award with Impressive Final Victory

Eric Baldwin has clinched the 2009 Card Player Player of the Year award. Baldwin will receive a $10,000 seat in the 2010 World Series of Poker main event and a trophy in recognition of his accomplishment. Baldwin racked up a total of 6,994 points to win the award. He made a very remarkable 17 final tables in 2009 and he won four tournament titles, including a win in a $1,000 no-limit hold’em with rebuys event at Bellagio this past weekend that served as an exclamation point on his title run. Congratulations to Eric Baldwin! Baldwin takes over the title from the 2008 POY, John Phan, who scored 6,704 points to win last year’s award.

There are still a few side events that need to be contested before the final top 10 standings are official, but no one can catch Baldwin at this point.

Headlines:

World Poker Tour – Doyle Brunson Classic Championship Day 4
WSOP Circuit – Chris Klodnicki Wins Harrah’s Atlantic City Event
2010 WSOP Schedule Released
L.A. Poker Classic – 2010 Schedule Released
PokerStars Announces ANZPT Season 2 Schedule

Looking Ahead

WSOP Circuit – Harrah’s Atlantic City

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Winter Bayou Poker Challenge

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