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This Week in Poker -- December 19 – 25

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Card Player Player of the Year Update

1: Eric Baldwin — 6,994
2: Cornel Cimpan — 5,934
3: Yevgeniy Timoshenko — 5,509
4: Vitaly Lunkin — 4,473
5: Soheil Shamseddin — 4,283
6: Daniel Alaei — 4,142 (pictured right)
7: Jason Mercier — 4,130
8: Faraz Jaka — 3,950
9: Brock Parker — 3,772
10: Joseph Cada — 3,600

This Week in Poker

Two Players Jump into the POY Top 10 at the WPT Doyle Brunson Classic Championship

Daniel Alaei saved his best performance of the year for the very end. He made his first World Poker Tour final table at the Doyle Brunson Classic Championship and won the event to take home $1,428,430 in prize money and 1,980 points to finish the year in sixth place with 4,142 points total. His other large POY score in 2009 came when he added a second World Series of Poker gold bracelet to his collection in June. He won the $10,000 Omaha eight-or-better world championship to take home $445,898 and 1,080 points.

Faraz Jaka also joined the top 10 this week, thanks to his third-place finish at the WPT Doyle Brunson Classic Championship. The 1,320 points he added gave him 3,950 points total, which is good for eighth place in 2009. Previously, Jaka had finished runner up at the WPT Bellagio Cup V in July and he scored another third-place finish in a $5,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event at the WSOP.


World Poker Tour – Daniel Alaei Wins Doyle Brunson Classic Championship
Bayou Poker Challenge – Allen Kessler Wins Championship Event
2009 POY Winner Eric Baldwin Signs with Ultimate Bet

Looking Ahead

No major tournaments scheduled for next week.