PCA 2012: Topping the leaderboard

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpgThe 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'.

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Ondrej Vinklarek

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.

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Isaac Haxton

Check out the EPT Awards page for more info on the leaderboard.