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Oliver Speidel Tops CardPlayer Player of the Year Standings

Posted at 08:45 2012-06-20 by Matthew Pitt

Despite our boys and girls not being able to, so far, win a bracelet at the 2012 World Series of Poker, we do have something to brag about. If you check out the coveted CardPlayer Player of the Year standings for the year so far, then you will see one of our own sat atop the current leader board. We are of course talking about one Oliver Speidel.

Speidel kicked off 2012 in emphatic style thanks to him having a superb Aussie Millions. First he finished second in the A$1,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout for a A$24,750 score, then just a few days later he came sixth in the A$1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty event; netting himself a further $16,000. But his best result, and easily the best of his career so far, came in the Aussie Millions A$10,000 Main Event. We all know that he went on to win the whole shebang for a monster cash haul of A$1,600,000. 

Since then he has reached the final table of the $2,000 ANZPT Sydney Main Event (busted in sixth for $39,185) and the final table of the $2,500 APT Manila (busted fourth for $37,000) helping him climb to the top of the CardPlayer Player of the Year standings and to seventh in the all-time Australian money listings; behind Tyron Krost, David Gorr, Mel Judah, the infamous Tony G and of course former WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem.

But if our man is to stay at the top of the current Player of the Year standings he is going to have a serious fight on his hands as there are some extremely talented players vying for top spot. The man currently in second place is Vadzim Kursevich whose claim to fame is that he is the reigning European Poker Tour Deauville champion. He also has a cash in the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event and two cashes at this year's WSOP; including a third place in the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Event #26.

Third place, at time of writing, belongs to Germany's Marvin Rettenmaier who recently won the World Poker Tour World Championship for a cool $1,196,858. Not only that but he also won a €2,000 event at EPT Monte Carlo and more recently finished fifth in the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Mix Max event at the WSOP.

Making up the top five are PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event winner John Dibella and everyone's favourite adopted Australian Dan 'djk123' Kelly

Everyone at PokerNetwork wishes Speidel the very best of luck for the rest of the year - at the very least. Here is to him bringing home top honours at the end of the year!

2012 Player of the Year Standings (according to CardPlayer)

PositionNamePOY Points2012 Winnings
1Oliver Speidel3,046$1,767,371
2Vadzim Kursevich2,717$1,355,584
3Marvin Rettenmaier2,552$1,585,007
4John Dibella2,512$1,781,418
5Dan Kelly2,508$766,317

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Oliver Speidel after winning the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event Oliver Speidel after winning the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event

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