Player of the Year races tighten up in May

Posted by Steve Ruddock on May 06, 2012 Posted in Poker Player News, Tournament News | No Comments »

This is usually the time of the year where the biggest shakeups in the Player of the Year standings occur, considering the EPT Grand Final just finished up, the World Poker Tour Championship will be held in a couple weeks, and the World Series of Poker is just around the corner. And this seems to be precisely what has already started happening.

After leading by what seemed an insurmountable amount, Jonathan Duhamel is now getting pressed very hard on the BLUFF Magazine and the Global poker index Player of the Year leader-board, while at Cardplayer Magazine it’s still Aussie Millions winner Oliver Spiedel leading the way.

Players rapidly moving up the leader-boards include the two Dan’s, Dan Kelly and Dan Smith. Kelly is now 6th and 3rd in the BLUFF and Cardplayer standings respectively, while Smith is 3rd and 8th in the same two standings. Also making an appearance on the POY leader-board is Daniel Negreanu who checks in at #10 on the BLUFF standings.

Here is a look at the current Top 10 from the Cardplayer, BLUFF, and GPI leader-boards.

BLUFF Magazine Player of the Year standings through May 5, 2012:

1. Jonathan Duhamel — 713.30 points

2. Oliver Speidel — 669.81 points

3. Dan Smith — 664.26 points

4. Andrew Chen — 503.37 points

5. Will Failla — 457.35 points

6. Daniel Kelly — 453.35 points

7. John Dibella — 450.75 points

8. John Dolan — 444.50 points

9. Sean Jazayeri — 441.88 points

10. Daniel Negreanu — 438.50 points

Cardplayer Magazine Player of the Year standings through May 5, 2012:

1. Oliver Speidel — 3,046 points

2. John Dibella — 2,512 points

3. Daniel Kelly — 2,378 points

4. Jonathan Duhamel — 2,290 points

5. Faraz Jaka — 2,240 points

6. Andrew Chen — 2,157 points

7. Sean Jazayeri — 2,148 points

8. Dan Smith — 2,136 points

9. Mohsin Charania — 2,100 points

10. David Sands — 2,022 points

Global Poker index Player of the Year standings through May 5, 2012:

1. Jonathan Duhamel — 595.68 points

2. Andrew Badecker — 482.82 points

3. Bertrand Grospellier — 454.84 points

4. Samuel Chartier — 396.51 points

5. Vyacheslav Igin — 382.19 points

6. Martin Jacobson — 366.35 points

7. Jason Koon — 360.30 points

8. Stephen O’Dwyer — 358.93 points

9. Sergio Castelluccio — 358.25 points

10. Erik Cajelais — 342.88 points

All three ranking systems use a different criterion to determine the Player of the Year:

* Cardplayer Magazine focuses on a player’s results over the course of the entire calendar year.

* Bluff Magazine takes into account a player’s results from the previous calendar year (weighted at about 50% of the current year)

* The Global Poker Index uses a players top cashes from different quarters of the year only, all other results are discounted

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