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This Week in Poker -- Feb. 20-26

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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: Thomas Marchese — 2,880 (pictured right)
3: Tyler Reiman — 2,500
4: Sam Stein — 2,480
5: Dwyte Pilgrim — 2,248
6: Mike McDonald — 2,240
7: Barry Shulman — 2,000
8: Jake Cody — 1,920
8: Tyron Krost — 1,920
8: Anton Wigg — 1,920

This Week in Poker

The PokerStars EPT Stop in Copenhagen and NAPT Stop at the Venetian Have Made it Crowded at the Top

The PokerStars European Poker Tour stop in Copenhagen proved the popularity of poker in Scandinavia once again this February. The no-limit hold’em main event attracted a field of 423 players and created a prize pool worth $2,593,443. The champion was Anton Wigg, who took home $670,713 and 1,920 Card Player Player of the Year points. The runner up was Francesco De Vivo, who was awarded the runner-up prize of 1,600 points and $415,206.

Wigg enters a three-way tie for eighth place in the POY standings with EPT Deauville champion Jake Cody and Aussie Millions champion Tyron Krost. De Vivo is now tied with the runner-up finishers in Deauville (Teodor Cadabra) and Australia (Frederik Jensen) in 12th place. Time will tell which players that scored final-table appearances at these big events are actual contenders and which players were one-hit wonders.

The first PokerStars North American Poker Tour event to be held on United States soil took place at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in late February. The $5,000 no-limit hold’em event attracted a large field of 872 players and created a prize pool worth $4,017,700. The champion was Thomas Marchese and he took home the first-place prize money worth $827,648 along with 1,920 points. Sam Stein finished in second place and captured $522,306 and 1,600 points.

Marchese is now in second place in the overall POY standings with 2,880 points overall. His other big score came at the Borgata Winter Open, where he finished in third place in the no-limit hold’em championship event to win 960 points. Stein jumped up to fourth place thanks to his second place finish in a $5,000 no-limit hold’em event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure that netted him 880 points.

Headlines:

Anton Wigg Wins PokerStars EPT Copenhagen Main Event
Tom Marchese Wins PokerStars NAPT Venetian Main Event
Ashton Griffin Wins NAPT High Roller Shootout
Chris Moore Wins L.A. Poker Classic Heads-Up Championship
WPT – L.A. Poker Classic Championship Event Begins
NBC National Heads-Up Poker Participants Announced

Looking Ahead

L.A. Poker Classic

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PokerStars EPT Berlin

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NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

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WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs

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PokerStars LAPT Punta del Este

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Wynn Classic

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Winnin’ O the Green

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