Live Tournament Updates
Card Player's Player of the Year Race
Level 1: 50-100, ante
As the last major tournament of the year, the WPT Bellagio always attracts a lot of attention, especially because this is the last, best chance for players to claim the coveted Card Player Player of the Year award.
Here are the current standings for players with at least 4,000 points:
1. Eric Baldwin - 6,994 pts
2. Cornel Cimpan - 5,934 pts
3. Yevgeniy Timoshenko - 5,509 pts
4. Vitaly Lunkin - 4,473 pts
5. Soheil Shamseddin - 4,283 pts
6. Jason Mercier - 4,130 pts
The number of points available in this tournament depends on the turnout -- with 300 players, the following points would be awarded to the players at the televised WPT Final Table:
1st - 1,800
2nd - 1,500
3rd - 1,200
4th - 900
5th - 750
6th - 600
Cimpan needs a third-place finish to catch Baldwin, and Timoshenko needs a second-place finish. The race was a little tighter a week ago, but Eric Baldwin won a prelim here at Bellagio a few days ago (the $1,000 rebuy event) to pad his lead.
The POY race doesn't usually take shape each year until after the World Series. At that point, Eric Baldwin was in third place (thanks to his first bracelet and a third-place finish at the WSOP), and he decided to make a serious run for the award. Since the WSOP, he has added nearly 3,000 points to his total, with two victories and 10 final tables.
There are still a few other tournaments running around the country (Atlantic City, New Orleans, Foxwoods), but with smaller buy-ins they won't be worth nearly as many points as this event. Like this event, those events will wrap up by December 20th, and at that point, the Player of the Year race will officially be over.
01:43 PM, 12/14/09