Poker POY races heat up as summer nears

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Apr 07, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

The Player of the Year race (now, like boxing, consisting of three separate titles) is heating up as the first three months of the tournament year is now behind us. With the poker world gearing up for some of the biggest events of the year, including the EPT Grand Final in April and the WPT Championship in May, as well as the World Series of Poker approaching fast this summer.

Jonathan Duhamel is still the front-runner in two of the three rankings, BLUFF Magazine and the Global Poker Index, while lurking in the Top 5 of the Cardplayer Magazine leader-board. But Duhamel’s status as the front-runner is coming under fire, with some big names shooting up the leader-boards, including Dan Kelly and Faraz Jaka on the BLUFF leader-board, Erick Cajelais and Noah Schwartz on the GPI leader-board, and Kelly, Jaka, and David “doc sands” Sands on Cardplayer’s leader-board.

Here is a look at the updated leader-boards from the three ranking systems.

Bluff Magazine Player of the Year Leader-Board through April 5th, 2012:

1. Jonathan Duhamel – 713.30 points

2. Oliver Speidel – 592.81 points

3. Dan Kelly – 453.35 points

4. John Dibella — 450.75 points

5. Ruben Theo Visser — 406.60 points

6. Sean Jazayeri – 400 points

7. Faraz Jaka — 394.38 points

8. Will Failla — 378.15 points

9. Bruno Lopes – 338.98 points

10. Janick Wrang – 331.75 points

Cardplayer Magazine Player of the Year Leader-Board through April 5th, 2012:

1. Oliver Speidel — 2,740 points

2. John Dibella — 2,512 points

3. Daniel Kelly — 2,378 points

4. Jonathan Duhamel — 2,290 points

5. Faraz Jaka — 2,200 points

6. Sean Jazayeri — 2,100 points

7. David Sands — 2,022 points

8. Kyle Julius — 2,000 points

9. Vadzim Kursevich — 1,824 points

10. Ken Wong – 1,750 points

Global Poker Index Player of the Year Leader-Board through April 5th, 2012:

1. Jonathan Duhamel — 595.68 points

2. Erik Cajelais — 342.88 points

3. Bruno Lopes — 337.28 points

4. Eui Kim — 327.08 points

5. Noah Schwartz — 326.06 points

6. Faraz Jaka — 308.35 points

7. Samuel Chartier — 305.80 points

8. Oliver Speidel — 300.53 points

9. Stephen O’Dwyer — 290.18 points

10. Jose Manuel Nadal – 287.09 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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