19-Year-Old Dzmitry Urbanovich Retakes POY Lead With EPT Grand Final SHR Runner-Up

Dzmitry Urbanovich fell just shy of the title in the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller, but he's certainly having a year to remember thus far in 2015. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart / PokerStars Blog)

Dzmitry Urbanovich fell just shy of the title in the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller, but he’s certainly having a year to remember thus far in 2015. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart / PokerStars Blog)

Dzmitry Urbanovich has absolutely torn it up on the European Poker Tour during Season 11, winning five tournaments, cashing 19 times and making 12 final tables in the process. Urbanovich really picked it up when he won the EPT Malta High Roller for over $600,000 – the first of an astonishing four side event titles during that festival.

Things rose to an entirely different level for the 19-year-old Polish pro at the EPT Grand Final, with Urbanovich fighting through one of the strongest collections of players you’re likely to see in any field to get heads-up with all-time great Erik Seidel. Urbanovich fell just shy of victory after a thrilling heads-up battle, but his second place finish earned him over $1.6 million and enough BLUFF Player of the Year points to push him well clear of the field.

While Urbanovich will likely have to stick to online poker for the summer, as he won’t be allowed to play at the World Series of Poker for another two years, but with SCOOP and WCOOP titles to his credit already it’s unlikely he’ll suffer too much from a lack of opportunity. He’s already set the pace for all those chasing him this summer, though, and it will take some effort to push past him. There will be plenty of wily veterans trying, including Seidel – who jumped from outside of the top 20 all the way up to eighth with his SHR victory.

Scott Seiver was one of only two players to cash in both Super High Rollers at the EPT Grand Final – the other being Fedor Holz – and for those efforts Seiver’s earned enough points to push past the 500 mark and into sixth place. Seiver added a PLO title in Monte Carlo to boot, though it didn’t quite hit the minimum required field size to count for POY purposes.

Argentinian Ivan Luca cracked the top 10 by making the final table of the €50,000 Turbo Super High Roller at the Grand Final, which was eventually won by Mustapha Kanit. Kanit jumped all the way up to 13th in the POY standings with that win, joining Seidel as one of four fresh faces in this week’s standings.

For the second straight week Dan Heimiller made a big leap, continuing a hot run he enjoyed in the month of April. Heimiller made the trip to Monte Carlo and earned a third place finish in a €5,000 side event to move up six spots to 11th.

After two big wins in a matter of weeks at the Borgata, Asher Conniff makes his debut in the POY top 20 this week. Conniff received some mainstream attention for his WPT World Championship victory after he accidentally registered for an online satellite to the tournament, a win that earned him $973,683 less than two weeks after he took down the biggest prize during the prelim events leading up to the championship.

Bryn Kenney rounds out the changes in a busy week in the 2015 BLUFF POY race, coming in at 19th after winning a Bounty Turbo side event at the EPT Grand Final this week.

2015 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of May 1)

  1. Dzmitry Urbanovich – 780.13 (+1)
  2. Anthony Zinno – 636.90 (-1)
  3. Nick Petrangelo – 601.74 (-)
  4. Steve O’Dwyer – 561.56 (-)
  5. Taylor Paur – 524.14 (-)
  6. Scott Seiver – 504.66 (+2)
  7. Joe Kuether – 503.68 (-1)
  8. Erik Seidel – 494.86 (NR)
  9. Ivan Luca – 480.20 (+2)
  10. Tom Marchese – 470.00 (-3)
  11. Dan Heimiller – 441.37 (+6)
  12. Asher Conniff – 439.48 (NR)
  13. Mustapha Kanit – 427.96 (NR)
  14. Jose Montes – 427.25 (-5)
  15. Atanas Kavrakov – 422.59 (-5)
  16. Stephen Chidwick – 417.88 (-4)
  17. Yuguang Li – 411.75 (-4)
  18. Jean Montury – 406.32 (-4)
  19. Bryn Kenney – 387.38 (NR)
  20. Andreas Samuelsson – 373.00 (-5)

Dropped from Rankings: Kevin Schulz (16th), Pratyush Buddiga (18th), Griffin Paul (19th), Alexander Trevallion (20th)

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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