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This Week in Poker -- Jan. 16-22

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Card Player Player of the Year Update

The Card Player Player of the Year Race is brought to you by Bodog_

1: Harrison Gimbel — 3,000 (pictured right)
2: Tyler Reiman — 2,500
3: Barry Shulman — 2,000
4: Dwyte Pilgrim — 1,560
5: Benjamin Zamani — 1,500
6: Gavin Smith — 1,392
7: Ryan D’Angelo — 1,250
8: Stefan Huber — 1,056
9: Aage Ravn — 1,000
10: Pasquale De Simone — 972

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The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Awards Six Players at least 1,000 Points

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event concluded on Monday, Jan. 11 in the Bahamas and awarded thousands of Card Player Player of the Year points to start the year. The large size of the field (1,529) ensured that the final tablists would be handsomely rewarded.

The champion of the event was 19-year-old Harrison Gimbel, and he took home 3,000 points for the huge score to go along with the $2.2 million in prize money. Last year, Poorya Nazari received 3,000 points for his victory, and as a result he led the POY race for the first couple months of the year. Tyler Reiman took home 2,500 points for his runner-up finish, along with $1,750,000.

Card Player CEO Barry Shulman also scored big in the Bahamas. He took third place in the tournament to win $1,350,000 and 2,000 points. Those amounts topped the prize money ($1,266,852) and points (1,980) that Shulman was awarded for his World Series of Poker Europe main event win in October 2009. Shulman finished 2009 with 2,535 points for a 42nd-place finish in the standings.

Rounding out the final table members that earned 1,000 points at the PCA were Benjamin Zamani (1,500), Ryan D’Angelo (1,250), and Aage Ravn (1,000). One player who prospered in the Bahamas in the side events was Mike “Timex” Mcdonald. He won a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event to take home $146,804 and 960 points. He is currently in 11th place in the standings. Mcdonald looks like he could be a threat to score over 2,000 points for the third year in a row. He finished 2008 in 45th place with 2,920 points and in 2009 he booked 48th place with 2,440 points.

Headlines:

European Poker Tour — Deauville Day 1B
Aussie Millions Poker Series Gets Started Down Under
Heartland Poker Tour — Season 6 Launches in Las Vegas

Selected Tournament Results:

Heartland Poker Tour Vegas Vacation

Buy-in: $1,100
Number of Entries: 433
Total Prize Pool: $422,669
First-Place Prize: $125,901
Places Paid: 43

Final-Table Results:

1: Kim Ung — $125,901
2: Walter Wright — $62,950
3: Ted Kearly — $37,770
4: David Singer — $29,377
5: Jesse Andrews — $25,180
6: Jeffrey Carris — $20,893

Looking Ahead

Aussie Millions

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PokerStars EPT Deauville

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L.A. Poker Classic

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WPT Southern Poker Championship

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WSOP Circuit — Harrah’s Tunica

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Borgata Winter Open

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