2015 Card Player Player of the Year — Taylor Paur Joins Top Ten

2015 Card Player Player of the Year — Taylor Paur Joins Top Ten

A Look At The Biggest Poker Tournament Results Of The Week

by Erik Fast  |  Published: Dec 10, 2015

Time is running out in the 2015 Card Player Player of the Year race and the top POY contenders are scrambling to make a last-minute move. Here is a look at the tournaments that made the biggest impact on the POY standings over the past seven days:

Taylor Paur

Taylor Paur

Aria $25,000 High Rollers XIX and XX

Taylor Paur

The Aria Poker Room in Las Vegas has now played host to twenty $25,000 buy-in high roller no-limit hold’em events throughout 2015, consistently bringing together some of the game’s biggest names to battle it out for big money. This month saw two of these tournaments held back-to-back on Dec. 7 and 8.

The first event drew 23 entries to build a prize pool of $552,000. Just a month after winning the XVII edition of this tournament Taylor Paur emerged victorious in the XIX running, taking home $252,000 and 420 Player of the Year points.

The 2010 Card Player Online Player of the Year winner has made six total final tables in 2015, including three title runs. His biggest score of the year came in the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star $7,500 no-limit hold’em main event, in which he topped a field of 708 to win $1,214,200 and 1,824 points.

As a result of this most recent win Paur has shot up the leaderboard, landing in seventh place in the overall rankings with 3,984 points and year-to-date earnings of $1,971,944.

The second high roller event drew 39 entries to create a $936,000 prize pool. Matt Berkey came out on top, earning $315,180 and 420 POY points.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event

Daniel Weinman

The 2015 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee$1,675 no-limit hold’em main event featured a $1 million guaranteed prize pool.

The tournament drew a record turnout of 1,010 total entries to easily surpass the guarantee by over half of a million dollars.

In the end Atlanta, Georgia’s Daniel Weinman emerged victorious from the massive field to capture his first WSOPCircuit gold ring, the $280,260 first-place prize and 960 Player of the Year points. He had finished runner-up in this same event two years ago and was able to improve on that with the win this time around.

This was his second final table of the year and he moved into 308th place in the overall rankings as a result of the win.

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Steve O’Dwyer has bookended 2015 with massive tournament wins.

Steve O’Dwyer has bookended 2015 with massive tournament wins. He began by winning the first super high roller event of the year, the $100,000 buy-in PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. How as the year comes to a close he has emerged victorious in the 2015European Poker Tour Prague €50,000 Super High Roller, the final event of it’s kind for the year on the EPT.

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For the win O’Dwyer was awarded €746,543 ($816,666USD) and 510 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his fourth title of the year at his 10th final table. With 4,400 total POY points and year-to-date earnings of $4,550,025 O’Dwyer has climbed into sixth place in the overall POY standings. The American-born poker pro who now calls Ireland home increased his career live tournament earnings to $11,970,752 with this win.

O’Dwyer came into the final table in third chip position. As you would expect he had plenty of tough competition to contend with, including John Juanda (8th – €107,550), Dzmitry Urbnaovich (4th – €285,000) and Igor Kurganov (3rd – €376,400).

In the end it came down to a heads-up showdown between O’Dwyer and Sam Greenwood. O’Dwyer held over a 2-to-1 chip lead after the elimination of Kurganov in third place. The final two agreed to a deal that saw €643,607 guaranteed for Greenwood and €724,228 for O’Dwyer while the title and €22,315 was left to play for.

The two only played 15 hands. On the final hand of the live tournament Greenwood raised to 300,000 from the button with blinds of 60,000 – 120,000 with an ante of 20,000. O’Dwyer made it 900,000 to go and Greenwood called. The flop came down QJ4 and both players checked.

The turn brought the 6 and O’Dwyer checked-called a bet of 830,000. The 5 completed the board. O’Dwyer checked yet again and Greenwood moved all in for just over 3.1 million. O’Dwyer made the call with the J10 for second pair, which was the best hand as Greenwood could only produce the 109 for a busted straight draw.

With that O’Dwyer secured the pot and the title while Greenwood was sent to the rail as the runner-up.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place

Player

Earnings (USD)

POY Points


1


Steve O’Dwyer


$816,666


510

2

Sam Greenwood

$704,061

425

3

Igor Kurganov

$412,021

340

4

Dzmitry Urbanovich

$311,971

255

5

Thomas Muehloecker

$241,337

213

6

Daniel Dvoress

$188,363

170

7

Luuk Gieles

$150,100

128

8

John Juanda

$117,713

85