Dan Smith Dominating Player of the Year RacesThursday, September 13th, 2012 by Ryan
The Player of the Year races in poker get a ton of attention from the poker world for quite a few reasons. Each year it gains a larger and larger following as the end of the year grows closer and closer, and this year is no different. There are only four months left in the 2012 tournament poker season, and one player has absolutely stood out above the rest of the field, and this is Dan Smith. Smith is currently on top of any major Player of the Year race that you could possibly think of in the poker world, due to his incredible play in many different events.
While Smith wasn’t dominating throughout the entire year, he was actually in the back side of the group until the past few months. It was in large part thanks to an incredible hot streak over the past few months that has propelled him to the top of the standings. After the World Series of Poker came and went, Smith started making his big move beginning at the European Poker Tour’s stop in Barcelona, Spain. For starters he won the €50,000 Super High Roller event there for a nice €962,925 pay day, and then went on to finish in fourth place in the €10,000 Heads Up tournament, which netted him a total profit of over $3 million for the year to that point.
When you look at the different rankings you are going to find a few different things. According to the Bluff Magazine Player of the Year standings, he has a nice 154 point lead over Marvin Rettenmaier, who won the World Poker Tour’s Merit Cyprus Classic. Currently Smith has a total of 1181.41 points to this point, while Rettenmaier has 1026.47. It seems that the race is really between these two as it dips off a good bit from there though. The popular Phil Ivey is in third place behind these two with 904.17 points, but did bring in one nice score at the Super High Roller event at the Macau High Stakes Challenge which helped keep him ahead of Jonathan Duhamel, who has 800.5 points. The final player in the top five is well-known Vanessa Selbst with 697.7 points.
You’ll find many of the same names in the CardPlayer Magainze Player of the Year race, as Smith currently has a total of 4100 points. Kyle Julius (6th in Bluff) is in second place with 3752 points, while Rettenmaier is in third place with 3272 points. To round out the top five we have Oliver Speidel, who is in 7th in Bluff’s rankings, and Anthony Gregg who recently won at the World Poker Tour’s Parx Casino event in Pennsylvania.
It will be an interesting race to the finish for these players, as the next two months feature quite a few different poker tournaments including the World Poker Tour’s stops, as well as the European Poker Tour event in San Remo, Italy. One other worth noting is the World Series of Poker Europe which is held in Cannes, France, and when you take all of these into account we should have a good race for the Player of the Year in poker.