Fernando Brito ahead for EPT Player of the Year Award

ept-thumb-promo.jpgFernando Brito, the 51-year-old businessman from Portugal who made the final of the EPT London Main Event, has secured a big lead in the EPT Player of the Year Award race after winning the €10,000 event at EPT Barcelona, writes Mad Harper.

Brito is now 660 points ahead of his nearest rivals after a series of great results at all four of the EPTs he's attended since Season 7 began. Here's how Brito has been clocking up his points:

Vilamoura - 2nd in €1,000 Turbo Randomized Bounty tournament - 360 points.
London - 6th in Main Event - 600 points
London - 1st in €1,000 Turbo Randomized Bounty tournament - 500 points
Vienna - 1st in €10,000 event but no points because the event fell short of 16-player minimum needed to be eligible.
Barcelona - 1st in €10,000 event - 400 points

Given this performance, it's probably just as well for other players that Brito didn't make it to the first event of Season 7 in Tallinn - and it's not just points that Brito has been accumulating. So far this season, the married father-of-four has already won €466,000 on the EPT plus he also somehow found time to nip over to Los Angeles for the PokerStars.net North American Poker Tour event a few weeks ago where he won a satellite into the Main Event and came second in a €1,000 side event. All pretty impressive for someone that only took up poker 18 months ago.

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Fernando Brito

EPT Vilamoura winner Toby Lewis retains his second place on the POY board but is now having to share with EPT Barcelona winner Kent Lundmark. Lundmark's victory has given him an extra 1,000 points to add to the 300 he already had for coming sixth in the Tallinn €1,000 Turbo Bounty event. All players in the Top Ten now have at least 1,000 points and include the new name of Konstantin Puchkov from Russia. He came third in the EPT Barcelona main event for 750 points, and sixth in a €1,000 event in Vienna for 325 points.

Here's how the EPT Player of the Year Top Ten looks right now.
1 Fernando Brito, Portugal, 1860
2 Toby Lewis, UK, 1300
2 Kent Lundmark, Sweden, 1300
4 Dario Alioto, Italy, 1250
5 John O'Shea, Ireland, 1195
6 Tomer Berda, Israel, 1180
7 Kristijonas Andrulis, Lithuania, 1160
8 Konstantin Puchkov, Russia, 1075
9 Yotam Bar Yosef, Israel, 1050
10 Michael Eiler, Germany, 1000
10 David Vamplew, UK, 1000

Omaha Player of the Year
Spanish player Bartolome Gomila Romero won the Barcelona €1,000 PLO event and has joined a large pack chasing Dario Alioto. Alioto, who won the 2008 WSOP $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event and is currently tenth in the WSOP's All Time Omaha winners list, is still 200 points ahead of all his nearest rivals.

EPT Mixed Games Player of the year
In the Mixed Games, John O'Shea is the biggest mover. Despite only min-cashing the NLH/PLO event in Barcelona, the points he gained were enough to push the Irishman up to fourth place, well within grasp of Matthew Ashton who is still in the lead.

Best Country Award
And we have new Best Country leaders! The Netherlands and Finland both came out of the cold to snatch the top spots. They had previously been ineligible having earned fewer than 16 Main Event cashes but that was all sorted out in Barcelona and they are now both contenders for the title, with the Netherlands narrowly ahead. Former leaders UK are down to third place and France has dropped six slots and is down from 16% to 13%.

EPT Heads-Up Player of the Year
Portuguese player Diogo Veiga came second in the €3,200 EPT Barcelona Heads-Up tourney which means he is now the clear Heads-Up leader - 360 points ahead of nearest rival Annette Obrestad.

EPT Qualifier of the Year
No changes in Barcelona so it's still EPT Vienna winner Michael Eiler in the lead.

The next event of Season 7 is EPT Prague (December 13-18). Satellites are running now on PokerStars. A total of 19 different events will be hosted giving would-be Award winners plenty of chances to snag more points.

You can see full details on the Awards page.

Simon Young
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