Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Nuts: Poker's best in January 2012

Jason Mercier (7)1 (1)Won $709,767 in the $100,000 High Roller Bellagio Event, finished third in the $5,000 event at PCA for $80,460 and was a big winner in Aussie Millions cash game.Mercier has won at least $1 million at the felt in each of the past four years. He's $919,540 away from No. 5. (Feldman).
Erik Seidel (1)2 (2)He played in a lot of big buy-in events, but failed to cash in January.Although Seidel hasn't cashed in any tournaments in 2012 just yet, he's still one of the best players out there, hands down. You can brick a bunch of tournaments in a row, but that doesn't mean your game is bad. These things happen and he'll be right back in the winner's circle soon enough. (Peters)
Eugene Katchalov3 (3)Seventh in the $10,000 six-max at PCA for $25,320 and was named 2011 Bluff's Player of the Year.Katchalov broke the $7 million mark in tournament earnings in 2011. Not bad for a guy who played part-time up until 2009. (Feldman)
Phil Ivey (2)4 (NR)Won the 250,000 Challenge and finished 12th at the Aussie Millions main event.He's the best in the world. Since coming back to tournament poker he's played in four tournaments and cashed twice. (Bradley)
Sam Trickett5 (5)Named 2011 European Player of the Year.His tournament results are sick and the rumors of his cash game success more so. Even with the struggle against North American bias, he has to be recognized as one of the best in the world. (Wise)
Chris Moorman6 (7)Two small cashes at the Aussie Millions and another five figures online.It's only a matter of time until the online icon is in the top five. (Feldman)
Shawn Buchanan7 (6)Won PCA's $10,000 six-max for $202,360 and finished 130th in the main event for $17,500.He is currently on top of the BLUFF Power Rankings after yet another under-the-radar score at PCA worth more than $200,000. This guy is the stealthiest millionaire I've ever met. (Welman)
Jonathan Duhamel8 (NR)Four final tables in nine days at PCA worth $1.2 million.Monster PCA for the 2010 champion. Any questions regarding whether he can play with the big boys were put to rest by two high-roller scores. (Wise)
Bertrand Grospellier9 (6)A quiet January after $2.2 million in tournament winnings in 2011.Grospellier was named the Poker Personality of 2011. I hope he can find room for it in his trophy case next to his WSOP bracelet, EPT title and a whole lot of cash. (Feldman)
Jake Cody10 (9)Cody had two cashes in December for $230,000, pushing him to more than $3 million in live earnings in two years. And he's 23.I wonder what he's going to do for an encore in 2012. (Feldman)
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