Professional poker player Dan Smith has enjoyed great success in live poker tournaments this year, his latest achievement being a $89,039 win on a €5,000 buy-in NL Hold’em 6-Max Turbo tournament, which happened to be a side event of the European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague festival. Smith had to beat a formidable field of 42 opponents to win the cash prize along with 240 Player of the Year (POY Points, as a result of which he is just 60 POY points away from the Card Player POY leader board topper Greg Merson.
The above-mentioned €5k buy-in NL Hold’em 6-Max tournament was the sixth live poker tournament that Dan Smith had played, the largest number of live poker tournaments played by a poker player this year. It is also worth nothing that this is Smith’s fourth victory of 2012 in €5k buy-in events. He had won three such events in slightly more than one week at the EPT Grand Final tournament, which was held in the spring. This year, Dan Smith has won a total of $3,673,806 playing live tournaments alone and has reached 9 final tables in the course of this year.
In addition to his success at POY-qualified tournaments, Smith has also performed remarkably well in the PokerStars Sunday Million event held in October.
Since the year 2012 is about to end, Dan Smith does not have much time to overtake Merson, an excellent poker player with 2 WSOP bracelets to his credit, one of which happens to be the Main Event bracelet. However, there are still several POY-qualified tournaments for Dan Smith to play in and catch up with Merson.
The only three poker players who have won seven-figure cash prizes this year are Phil Hellmuth, Merson, and Dan Smith. The top 10 on the POY 2012 leader board have won a total of $47 million this year.
Here are the final table results of the €5k NL Hold’em 6-Max Turbo tournament. The last man standing Dan Smith won $89,039 and 240 POY Points. The runner-up Marc-Andre Ladouceur won $73,301 and 200 POY Points. The player who finished third was Daniel Kelly, who won $37,252 and 160 POY Points. The player who finished fourth was Paul Berende, who won $26,665 and 120 POY Points. The player who finished fifth was Bryn Kenney, who won $21,306 and 100 POY Points. The player who finished sixth was Bertrand Grospellier, who won $18,691 and 80 POY Points.