PCA 2012: Topping the leaderboard
The European Poker Tour Player of the Year race is always hotly contested. The rankings take into account EPT main events as well as all side events with a buy-in of more than $/€/£1,000, meaning you won't necessarily sail to the top just by bagging a couple of EPT titles.
If only there was a player to illustrate the point. Well, by good fortune, there is. Step forward Ondrej Vinklarek, currently topping the EPT Season 8 Player of the Year race despite having only one lowly main event cash, €12,000 for finishing 62nd at EPT San Remo in October. His rise to the top is nothing to do with main events, it's his spectacular Season 8 side event results that have done the trick. How's this for a tasty run?
EPT Barcelona €1,000 No Limit: 1st for €49,760
EPT San Remo €2,000 No Limit Bounty: 4th for €13,300
EPT Prague €1,000 No Limit Turbo Bounty: 1st for €15,960
EPT Prague €1,000 No Limit: 8th for €3,330
EPT Prague €5,000 No Limit 6-Max Turbo: 2nd for €46,500
That tidy lot has swelled his total live winnings to $268,748, not too shabby for a man who is better known for his online multi-table tournament skills. In fact, he's such a terror on the virtual felt that he has been dubbed 'The Czech Chris Moorman'.
Today, Vinklarek, 28, is playing the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event and has enjoyed a steady start to his tournament, up to around 45,000 chips. But if he needed a reality check about the perils of live tournaments, he need look only to his direct left. There sits Isaac Haxton, a man with $3.6 million in live winnings and who was none too pleased to final table bubble the $100,000 Super High Roller last night.
Check out the EPT Awards page for more info on the leaderboard.