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This Week in Poker -- March 6-12

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Card Player Player of the Year Update

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1: Harrison Gimbel — 3,000
2: Thomas Marchese — 2,880
3: Dwyte Pilgrim — 2,592
4: Tyler Reiman — 2,500
5: Sam Stein — 2,480
6: Andras Koroknai — 2,400
7: Mike McDonald
8: Barry Shulman — 2,000
8: Raymond Dolan — 2,000
10: Jake Cody — 1,920
10: Tyron Krost — 1,920
10: Anton Wigg — 1,920
10: Kevin MacPhee – 1,920 (pictured right)

This Week in Poker

The Largest European Poker Tour Stop Ever in Germany Ushers Kevin MacPhee into the Top 10

Kevin MacPhee topped a huge field of 945 players at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Berlin €5,000 no-limit hold’em main event, and he was awarded the first-place prize worth €1 million. He was also awarded 1,920 points and joins the pileup of EPT season six champions who are tied for 10th place on the leader board. MacPhee is a 29-year-old Idaho resident who plays online as “ImaLuckSac,” and he qualified for this event on PokerStars. The runner-up in Germany was Ilari Tahkokallio, who took home €600,000 and 1,600 points. Tahkokallio is currently in a five-way tie for 15th place on the leader board with other EPT second-place finishers and the aforementioned Huynh.

The EPT had hosted a stop in Germany three times in previous seasons before moving the event to the capital city of Berlin this year. Those first three stops took place in Dortmund and attracted fields of 493 players in 2007, 411 players in 2008, and 667 players in 2009. The move to a new city proved to be a good one by PokerStars; the turnout grew by more than 41 percent from last year.

Headlines:

Annie Duke Wins 2010 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
Kevin MacPhee Wins EPT Berlin Main Event
Phil Hellmuth Headlines Final Table at the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star
UB Cancels Aruba Poker Classic

Looking Ahead

WSOP Circuit Event – Caesars Atlantic City

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Wynn Classic

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PokerStars ANZPT Perth

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Foxwoods Poker Classic

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Winnin’ O the Green

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Hollywood Poker Open

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