February 01 2013, by Mary Faulkner

GPI PoY January Recap: The 2013 GPI Player of the Year Race is Underway!

Michael TelkerThe PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has produced the first GPI PoY frontrunners of 2013. Michael Telker (GPI#177) has taken the lead out of the gate with a total score of 256 points. Telker had a very strong showing at the PCA, cashing three times including a win in the $5,000 NLHE Turbo which earned him 91 points. He followed up his win by final tabling the $5,000 NLHE event for an additional 75 points before cashing in the $25,000 NLHE High Roller where he picked up another 90 points.

Although Telker is in the lead the remainder of the Top Five are all within 37 points of him. All four played alongside Telker in the High Roller. Vladimir Troyanovskiy (PoY#2) earned 167 points for his runner-up finish, Ole Schemion (PoY#4) earned 141 points for his 4th place finish and Christian Harder (PoY#5) and Tyler Reiman (PoY#3) earned 88 and 81 points respectively for their 16th and 19th place finishes.

Tyler ReimanIn addition to the High Roller Troyanovskiy also final tabled the $98,000 NLHE Super High Roller for an additional 73 points giving him a total score of 240 points. Schemion followed up his final table in the High Roller by final tabling again in the $10,000 NLHE 6-Max bringing his total score to 225 points.Tyler Reiman (PoY#3) earned 71 points for cashing in the $10,000 NLHE Main Event and Christian Harder gained a combined 94 points for his play in the $2,000 and $5,000 NLHE Turbo events.

Reiman and Harder have already had success after the PCA. Reiman won the Million Dollar Heater $2,500 NLHE Main event earning 86 points and Harder finished 3rd in the WPT Borgata Winter Open $1,500 NLHE Mix Max Re-Entry event picking up 38 points.

Coming Up

The beginning of the race is exciting to watch. With only a few events having reported it promises to produce big swings in the standings over the next few weeks. Next week will see the reporting of results from the Aussie Millions and The WPT Borgata Main Event which will likely give the standings a different look in a week’s time. 

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