Phil Ivey creeps up POY standings

Phil Ivey

With two months completed in the 2008 tournament poker season, more top professionals now figure in the standings.

Thanks to successes he racked up at the beginning of the year, Michael Binger also numbers among this group in 18th place after a victory in one of the preliminary events at the L.A. Poker Classic.

Victory in Los Angeles puts new leader atop Ladies POY race

The Ladies Player of the Year race saw changes at the top this week due to a decisive victory by Marisol Banuelos at the L.A. Poker Classic. Banuelos, a Los Angeles resident, defeated a field of 605 in Event 26, $500 No-Limit Hold'em, and with its prize pool of almost $300,000 earned enough points to place her atop the Ladies POY race.

Former leader Diane Nguyen was unable to earn any more points over the last couple of weeks; she's now in second, albeit with a solid hold on the slot. Two other early-season contenders, professional Vanessa Selbst and Jennifer Golin, are in third and fourth place respectively.

Joining the Ladies Top 10 this week are two recently crowned champions. By becoming the first woman to win a WPT open event, Van Tuyet Nguyen (the wife of Men) jumps up into fifth place, in a tie with several other women. One of them is Lorraine Bane, who won the High Heels Poker Tour stop in Council Bluffs.

The Ladies Top 10 lines up like this:

1stMarisol Banuelos
2ndDiane Nguyen
3rdVanessa Selbst
4thJennifer Golin
5thLorraine Bane
 Regette Bechara
 Marga G. Dominguez
 GiGi Dong
 Christy King
 Irina Liepina
 Van Tuyet Nguyen
 Louise Rocchio

Over the next two weeks, several events are unrolling that will have a significant impact on the PokerListings POY race. The Wynn Classic in Las Vegas, the WPT's Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament in San Jose, California, the WSOPC stop in Atlantic City and the EPT's Polish Open will all crown champions.

Smaller events will also make their mark, so join us in a couple of weeks to see how the PokerListings Player of the Year races shape up by then.

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