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  • Updated Look at the Player of the Year Races in Poker

    Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Ryan

It’s that time of the year again, as we are going to take a look at the
major Player of the Year races in poker, and there’s no better time to get
a feel for how everyone is sitting leading up to the World Series of Poker.
On top of that, we have the end of the season tournaments for the European
Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour coming up, but with that being said
we’ve seen a big time change in the races through all of poker. This has
led to new contenders popping up on the lists of the rankings, and these
are definitely players that we could watch for through the World Series of
Poker this year.

Dominik Panka was a name that many were getting to know pretty well as he
was sitting in second place behind Mike “Timex” McDonald for first place in
the Bluff Magazine POY rankings. He made a big move though thanks to two
final table finishes at the preliminary events of stops on the European
Poker Tour, and he’s managed to grab 667.04 points. This has left him just
slightly ahead of McDonald, who now has 646 points. Behind these two
though, we saw a pretty big change on the list of the players who are
fighting to catch up to the two at the top.

One player to watch out for is James Carroll, who was able to win the World
Poker Tour’s Bay 101 Shooting Star event. After that he went on to make it
to the final table of the Wynn Classic Main Event, which was just a week
after that. This has given him a total of 467.60 points for third place.
Behind that we have Mike Leah, who grabbed two World Series of Poker
Circuit wins in two days back in March in what was an incredibly impressive
run. He is now sitting with 443.55 points, and then there is Ami Barer who
won the Aussie Millions Championship with 401.73 points, followed by Eugene
Katchalov with 401.40 points, James Calderaro with 371 points, Dylan
Wilkerson with 365.05 points, Jacob Schindler with 364.20 points, and
Fabian Quoss rounding out the top ten with 359.10 points.

Now, when looking at the CardPlayer Magazine race, the same two players are
sitting at the top, but Wilkerson finds himself in third place there. He
finished runner-up in two events for the World Poker Tour, which definitely
helped to propel him up the leaderboard. Then we have Katchalov, and
Mustapha Kanit to round out a very solid top five of players who are
looking to make some noise for the rest of the CardPlayer race. After that
comes Carroll, and a new player we haven’t named yet in Sorel Mizzi in
seventh place. After that is the well-known Chris Moorman, Barer, and then
Oleksii Khoroshenin, who won the EPT Vienna.

Interestingly, neither Panka nor McDonald are at the top of the Global
Poker Index POY rankings, as it’s actually Keven Stammen. He’s had a huge
march with five cashes and one win at a preliminary event at the L.A. Poker
Classic. Then comes Panka, and then Dan Heimiller. Heimiller is ahead of
McDonald, as those two rank third and fourth, and then is Jason Mercier in
fourth place. To round out the top ten we have Barer, Ronit Chamani who
won a preliminary event at the Bay 101 and had a deep run in the WPT
Championship event at the same casino. Then comes Tom Hall for eighth
place, Calderaro in ninth, and Alex Bilokur in tenth.

We have a whole lot of action to watch with events in April for both the
World Poker tour and the European Poker Tour. There is action all through
May and June of course, as the World Series of Poker starts up at the end
of May and rolls through the month of June. There are absolutely quite a
few players to keep an eye out for from those listed above, and I’m sure we
can expect to see even more players jump into the rankings before long.

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