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This Week in Poker -- Jan. 23-29

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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
2: Tyler Reiman — 2,500
3: Mike McDonald — 2,240 (pictured right)
4: Barry Shulman — 2,000
5: Jake Cody — 1,920
6: Teodor Caraba — 1,600
7: Dwyte Pilgrim — 1,560
8: Benjamin Zamani — 1,500
9: Gavin Smith — 1,392
10: Jared Jaffee — 1,358

This Week in Poker

EPT Deauville Adds New Contenders, While Dwyte Pilgrim and Gavin Smith Put Together Impressive Early Runs

The second PokerStars European Poker Tour event of 2010 took place on the Normandy coast of France in late January in Deauville. The €5,000 no-limit hold’em event attracted a field of 768 players and created a nice pool of Card Player Player of the Year points. The winner of the event was Jake Cody, who took home €847,000 and 1,920 points. He is now in fifth place in the standings. Second place went to Teodor Caraba, who was awarded 1,600 points, which is good for sixth place on the leader board. Mike McDonald took third place (1,280 points) in Deauville, but thanks to his cashes at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure earlier this month, “Timex” is now in third place in the standings with a total of 2,240 points.

Dwyte Pilgrim has started 2010 on a hot streak, and his steady performance so far places him in the top 10. Pilgrim won a $500 no-limit hold’em preliminary event (480 points) at the Southern Poker Championship on Jan. 9, and he scored his second win of the year in a $300 no-limit hold’em deep-stack preliminary (480 points) on Jan. 13. He continued his hot streak on the Gulf Coast by finishing runner-up in a $1,000 no-limit hold’em preliminary (600 points) on Jan. 16. Pilgrim is now in seventh place with 1,560 total points.

Another poker professional who is a factor in the POY race early in 2010 thanks to consistent results is Gavin Smith. He won a $2,500 no-limit hold’em event (1,008 points) at the Fallsview Poker Classic at Niagara Falls, and he followed that up by cashing in fourth place in the $5,000 no-limit hold’em main event (382 points). Smith now holds 1,392 points total and sits in ninth place on the leader board.

Headlines:

Hoyt Corkins Wins WPT Southern Poker Championship
Aussie Millions Poker Series: Main Event Day 4
Aussie Millions: Dan Shak Wins $100,000 Challenge

Looking Ahead

Aussie Millions

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L.A. Poker Classic

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WSOP Circuit — Harrah’s Tunica

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Borgata Winter Open

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Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza I

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Euro Finals of Poker

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