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Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Major Movement in London

Marchese Chases Pilgrim and Juanda and Barbero Join the Top 10


John JuandaThere have been a lot of changes in the Card Player Player of the Year standings during the last few weeks thanks to a flurry of tournaments that took place in London. Here is a look at the major POY movement and story lines that are currently shaping the race.

Card Player Player of the Year Standings

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1: Dwyte Pilgrim — 5,576
2: Thomas Marchese — 5,246
3: Jeffrey Papola — 3,870
4: Sorel Mizzi — 3,862
5: John Juanda — 3,717
6: Jared Jaffee — 3,478
7: Mike Beasley — 3,320
8: Valdemar Kwaysser — 3,280
9: Frank Kassela — 3,264
10: Jose Barbero — 3,220

Thomas Marchese Closes in on Dwyte Pilgrim

Considering how often the current POY leader Dwyte Pilgrim and the player chasing him, Thomas Marchese, are cashing in 2010 this could be one of the most competitive POY races ever. These two players show no signs of slowing down in the final months of the year.

Pilgrim recently won his first major title at the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open main event to open up an 810-point lead on Marchese. But Pilgrim wasn’t playing at any of the major London events that transpired during the last half of September and early October, and Marchese capitalized on the opportunity. He finished in seventh place out of a record field of 848 runners in the £5,250 no-limit hold’em main event at the PokerStars European Poker Tour London festival of poker.

The final-table cash was good for 480 points and it takes Marchese up to a grand total worth 5,246. There are now just 330 points separating the two players for the top spot in the race.

John Juanda Joins the Top Five after another Strong London Showing

Although the EPT London champion David Vamplew took home 1,920 points for his first major win at the main event, it was John Juanda, who grabbed 1,600 points as the runner up, who made the largest gains in the POY race at the final table.

Juanda now sits in fifth place in the standings with 3,717 points. His previous POY scores in 2010 all came at the World Series of Poker, where he made four final tables and accumulated 2,117 points. His largest prize previous to another strong London performance was Juanda’s third-place finish in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event that netted 960 points.

Here is the break down of the prize money and POY points awarded at the PokerStars EPT London main event final table:

1: David Vamplew — £900,000 (1,920 points)
2: John Juanda — £545,000 (1,600 points)
3: Kyle Bowker — £300,000 (1,280 points)
4: Artur Wasek — £240,000 (960 points)
5: Kayvan Payman — £190,000 (800 points)
6: Fernando Brito — £145,000 (640 points)
7: Thomas Marchese — £100,000 (480 points)
8: Per Ummer — £66,800 (320 points)

Jose Barbero Joins the Top 10 in London

It is safe to say that Team PokerStars pro Jose Barbero is having a good year. Most players are lucky to win three tournament titles during the course of their career, and he has won that many since February. Barbero won the PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour main event in Punta del Este, Uruguay, and he followed that up with another LAPT main event tournament title in Lima, Peru in June.

His latest triumph came at the £20,000 high roller no-limit hold’em event at the PokerStars EPT London festival of poker. The tournament attracted a very talented group of 77 players and the large price tag created a huge prize pool worth £1,524,600. All of the prize money went to the eight final-table contestants, but it was Barbero who claimed the top prize worth £556,000.

With all of the tournament victories piling up, Barbero has become a factor in the POY race. His recent win gave him another 576 points, and he now holds a total of 3,220, which puts him in 10th place in the standings.