EPT win puts McDonald atop POY race

Mike McDonald
A win in Dortmund propels Mike McDonald to the top of the POY leaderboard.

With his victory at the European Poker Tour stop in Dortmund this weekend, Canada's Mike McDonald sits atop the PokerListings.com Player of the Year race.

McDonald's world travels in January alone have earned him 2,140 points and three final tables. The 18-year-old from Waterloo, Ontario, started the month off in Australia at the Aussie Millions, where he earned a runner-up finish in Event 1 and also cashed in the Heads-Up Championship.

With those results and his EPT Germany victory, "Timex" has been able to distinguish himself from the crowd of champions that has amassed behind him.

There is a logjam for second place, where champions from the Tom Dwan
United States
Men "The Master" Nguyen
United States

Qualifying tournaments completed:

  • 2008 Aussie Millions
  • WPT World Poker Open
  • WSOPC Tunica
  • 2008 Mo's Deepstack Championship Event
  • Dom Classic
  • Casino Austria Winter Challenge
  • GUKPT Brighton
  • WPT Borgata Winter Open
  • Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge
  • EPT German Open

Qualifying tournaments in progress:

  • WPT L.A. Poker Classic (through Event 9)
  • WSOPC Rincon (through Event 10)

There are several more familiar names hovering under the Top Ten. 2007 Vanessa Selbst (who won the WPT Ladies event at the L.A. Poker Classic) are sitting in prime position to challenge the ladies ahead of them and pro Erica Schoenberg's runner-up finish to Selbst puts her in the Top 10 as well.

Here's a look at the Top 10 in the Ladies POY:

Diane Nguyen
Jennifer Golin
Regette Bechara
 Christy King
 Vanessa Selbst
Kerry Small
Helen Ellis
Shelia Carwile
 Diane Grippo
 Christina Krems
 Erica Schoenberg

There are several tournaments over the next month that will mix up both PokerListings.com POY races and, as the tournament poker circuit continues play around the world, a host of new names will no doubt top the charts in a couple of weeks.

PokerListings.com will continue to tabulate the results and we'll see who the leaders are in a couple of weeks.

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