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Tom Marchese Wins 2010 CardPlayer Player of the Year

Tournaments, 2010-12-25, by Ozone

Prior to this year, Tom Marchese had not cashed in a single live tournament. In January, he made a bang by finishing 3rd for $190,000 at the Borgata Winter Open, his first ever cash in a live tournament. Throughout the year, Marchese showed he was no one-hit wonder and compiled more CardPlayer Magazine Player of the Year points than anyone.

In February, Marchese won the inaugural North American Poker Tour (NAPT) event, a $5,000 buy-in at Venetian in Las Vegas, for $827,000. That win propelled him into the POY lead early in the year.

In September, Dwyte Pilgrim used a first place finish in the Borgata Poker Open to surpass Marchese in the POY race. However, barely more than a week later, Marchese finished 7th in the EPT London Main Event. That combined with a 3rd place finish in the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods in October and a win in a preliminary event at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic last month were enough to push Marchese back into the lead where he held off all competitors until the end of the year.

Marchese finished the year with 6,738 POY points and just over $2 million in earnings. Pilgrim finished second with 5,576 points and over $1 million in earnings. Online phenom Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi had his best year of live tournaments and finished third after racking up 4,851 points and just over $1.5 million in winnings.

Congratulations to Tom Marchese for winning 2010 CardPlayer Player of the Year!

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