The 44th edition of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has made sweeping changes in the Lock Poker sponsored Card Player Player of the Year (POY) 2013 leader board race. Here is a brief overview of WSOP events that had a major impact on POY 2013.
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WSOP Event #21, a $3k buy-in NL Hold’em 6-handed tournament had a field of 807 players and a prize pool of $2,205,840. Martin Finger of Austria emerged as the champion of the event, grabbed the first WSOP gold bracelet of his career, and won the first place prize of $506,764. Since he had already finished as the runner-up of a $1,100 NL Hold’em tournament at the Aussie Millions, Finger now occupies the sixth place on the POY leader board, with total winnings of $675,676 and 2,168 POY points.
WSOP Event #25, a $5k buy-in Omaha 8-or-better tournament attracted a player field of 241, generating a prize pool of $1,132,700. It was veteran poker player Danny Fuhs who won the championship title and the first place prize of $277,519 that came with it. This catapulted him into the 16th rank on the POY leader board.
WSOP Event #27, a $3k buy-in NL Hold’em Mixed Max tournament was won by Isaac Hagerling, who collected the first WSOP gold bracelet of his career and the top prize of $372,387. Runner-up Max Steinberg won a cash prize of $231,501 along with 1050 POY points, which put him in the 15th position on the POY leader board. Jeremy Ausmus, who was the semi-finalist of the same event, won a cash prize of $132,748 with 840 POY points. Since he had reached four WSOP final tables in 2013, he earned the 12th position on the POY points, with total winnings of $350,036 and 1,926 POY points.
Jason Duval, a 23-year-old poker pro hailing from Montreal, was the champion of WSOP Event #28, a $1,500 buy-in NL Hold’em tournament. He was also the seventh Canadian poker player to win a WSOP gold bracelet this year. Duval also made it to three WSOP final tables this year and finished third in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Canadian Spring Championship and ninth in the $1k prelim WPT event. This places him in the 10th position on the POY leader board.
The top two players on the POY 2013 leader board are Paul Volpe, who has 3,530 POY points, and Daniel Negreanu, who has 3,198 POY points.