Neuville climbs to fourth on EPT Leaderboard
Team PokerStars Pro Pierre Neuville, who narrowly missed becoming the first ever Belgian EPT champion in Copenhagen on Sunday, has shot up to fourth place in the All-Time EPT Tournament Leaderboard.
This is not the first time that Neuville, who was also runner-up at EPT6 Vilamoura, has been in the top ten, but it's by far his highest position to date.
Thanks to the extra 420 points he snagged in Copenhagen, Neuville is now higher up the Leaderboard than every single EPT champion apart from Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier. Neuville is also now hot on the heels of Swedish pro Martin Jacobson who--ironically--is also a two-time EPT runner-up and the current EPT Online Qualifier of the Year.
Neuville first started playing poker more than 50 years ago but took 25 years off while pursuing a career in business. Once retired, he got back into poker, kicking off with the PCA in 2008 where he finished 18th. He topped that result the following season with ninth place at EPT San Remo for €78,800 and then finished second in Vilamoura, a result that helped him win the EPT Qualifier of the Year Award and ultimately his place on Team PokerStars Pro.
PokerStars' Simon Young discovered why age is no barrier for Neuville when he spoke with him at this year's PCA and found that, mentally at least, Pierre Neuville is getting younger.
Neuville now has 12 EPT Main Event cashes to his name. That's still way behind Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano, who broke his own record at EPT Deauville and now has 20 cashes, but it's ahead of all other players currently in the top ten.
Martin Jacobson's current standing in third in the All-Time EPT Tournament Leaderboard is particularly remarkable because he is a relative latecomer to the EPT circuit. Most players in the TLB top ten started competing in Season 3 or 4, but the Swedish pro only joined the tour in Season 5. Since then, he has notched up seven Main Event cashes which include--incredibly--four final table appearances. He nearly made it five final tables at the PCA this year, but bust in tenth place. His overall earnings--from EPT Main Events alone --now total nearly $1.9 million and he's also notched up an extra $80,000 on the tour with five side event cashes.
Luca Pagano and ElkY have been juggling the top two TLB spots for years. They are veterans of the tour--both started competing in EPT Season 1--and, as long-term members of Team PokerStars Pro, have been to dozens of events.
The post-Copenhagen rankings also reflect a new structure for the EPT All-Time Tournament Leaderboard. After much soul-searching, it was decided that High Roller events should be taken out of the TLB mix and only Main Event results included because including High Rollers gave an unfair advantage to high-stakes players.
The player most affected by the change is Will Molson. The young Canadian was far from being in the TLB top ten but, having won the PCA High Roller in 2011, and been runner-up the two previous years, he had managed to amass 1,454 TLB points. ElkY has also lost some points, but he had already surrendered the TLB lead to Pagano following the Italian's seventh-place finish at EPT Deauville. EPT London champion Benny Spindler--and Neuville himself--have also lost a few points but it has had a negligible effect on most players' rankings.
With EPT Madrid less than two weeks away, the All-Time Tournament Leaderboard continues to be fiercely contested, along with the EPT Season 8 Player of the Year race and other Season 8 Awards. News on the Awards will follow shortly once the EPT Copenhagen points have been totted up.
Current top ten all-time leaderboard
1. Luca Pagano, 5,550
2. Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, 4,315
3. Martin Jacobson, 3,864
4. Pierre Neuville, 3,598
5. Mike McDonald, 3,585
6. Sebastian Ruthenberg, 3,504
7. Kevin MacPhee, 3,487
8. Johannes Strassmann, 3,466
9. Arnaud Mattern, 3,190
10. Joao Barbosa, 3,094