Close Race for European Poker Tour POY

Ole Schemion

The action is heating up as Season 10 of the European Poker Tour is drawing closer and closer to the finish line. While many players are content with a single strong finish, the two players at the top of the leaderboard are looking for much more. For Ole Schemion and Vanessa Selbst, the contest for the top spot is extremely important, not only for bragging rights but for the €50,000 award that is given to the top place finisher.featured

Currently, Schemion is atop the leaderboard following an amazing run during this EPT season. In total, he has 781.39 points from nine cashes, including the Main Events of both the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and the EPT Barcelona. However, his biggest score in terms of points was at the Main Event of the EPT in Prague, where a 5th place finish was good for 158 points.

Selbst may be in second place, but she has also been having a banner season at the EPT. With two outright wins under her belt at smaller EPT tourneys, Selbst also took down third in the High Roller event at the PCA, good enough to add 167 points to her total of 736.22.

The next stop for the EPT will be in Vienna, Austria during the month of March. Schemion will likely be there, but Selbst has already committed herself to other events. This means that a strong finish by Schemion could all but lock up his victory in the POY race. However, a poor performance or not showing up at all could leave the door open for Selbst to catch up at the last two events of the season.

The EPT San Remo will be the next event and then the EPT Grand Final will take place in April. The latter of these two tourneys is the EPT’s flagship event and a win there may award the biggest points of the season. Therefore, everything is still up in the air and both Selbst and Schemion have relatively equal chances of winning the EPT POY award for 2014.

EPT POTY Leaderboard

1st – Ole Schemion – 781.39
2nd – Vanessa Selbst – 736.22
3rd – Thomas Muehloecker – 594.30
4th – Adrian Mateos Diaz – 520.87
5th – Georgios Karakousis – 512.31
6th – Mike McDonald – 490.74
7th – Jonathan Little – 480.01
8th – Dominik Panka – 455.15
9th – Ondrej Vinklarek – 444.14
10th – Dario Sammartino – 423.96