2013 ANZ Player of the Year: Japan's Iori Yogo claims the title, Brabin runner-up

September 13th 2013 By Poker Asia Pacific Staff

With APPT Melbourne in the record books, the 2013 ANZ Player of the Year has now been awarded to Japan’s Iori Yogo. Finishing as the runner up was Australia’s Luke Brabin.

Since 2009 the ANZ Player of the Year has been awarded to the most consistent player throughout the year in PokerStars sponsored events on the ANZPT and some select APPT event. Tony Hachem won the title in both 2009 and 2010, while Danny Chevalier took it out in 2011 and Mishel Anunu was the 2012 ANZ Player of the Year.

Now, in 2013, Japan’s Iori Yogo has taken the Australian and Asia-Pacific poker calendars by storm to become the newest ANZ Player of the Year.

It was back in February that Yogo burst onto the scene, finishing as the runner-up to Bosnia’s Dejan Divkovic in the ANZPT Perth Main Event. For that effort Yogo claimed $72,000 and enough ANZ POTY points to keep himself as a big threat on the leader board.

Following Perth, Yogo finished 11th in the 2013 ANZPT Sydney Main Event, but Divkovic finished in 2nd to hold onto the top spot on the ANZ POTY leader board. Then, in the 2013 ANZPT Repechage, Yogo finished runner-up top Anthony Hachem and had claimed enough POTY year points to move into the top spot.

Throw in some participation points following the Repechage and all Yogo had to do was ensure that his nearest competitor Luke Brabin didn’t finish on the final table of the most recent APPT Melbourne Main Event. When Brabin finished in 33rd place, Yogo had locked up the 2013 ANZ POTY title, while Brabin was the runner-up.

Iori YogoYogo’s 2013 ANZ Results
2013 ANZPT Perth – 2nd for $72,000
2013 ANZPT Sydney – 11th for $11,500
2013 ANZPT Repechage – 2nd for $126,600

In addition to Yogo’s ANZ POTY qualifying results, he also won a side event at ANZPT Perth, made the final table of a 2013 WSOP APAC event, made three cashes at the 2013 World Series of Poker final tabled a Venetian Deepstack event in Las Vegas. All in all, Yogo has cashed for $295,985 in tournament results in 2013 alone.

For winning the 2013 ANZ Player of the Year title, Yogo claims the largest share of approximately $35,000 in value. This includes sponsorship into the HK$100,000 buy-in 2013 Asia Championship of Poker Main Event, entry into the HK$25,000 ACOP Warm-Up, Macau accommodation and US$1,500 towards travel expenses. As the runner-up Luke Brabin picks up a sponsorship package which includes entry into four Season 7 ANZPT Main Events, along with $500 towards travel and accommodation for each event.

Congratulations to both Yogo and Brabin for their prizes. Check out the 2013 ANZ Player of the Year top ten below and be sure to check back with Poker Asia Pacific for all the latest news and results from the Asia-Pacific and Australian poker.

2013 ANZ Player of the Year (POTY) Leaderboard - Top Ten

Place

Player

Country

Points

1st

Iori Yogo

Japan

195.31

2nd

Luke Brabin

Australia

176.15

3rd

Michael Guzzardi

Australia

155.85

4th

Pravin Harji

New Zealand

154.61

5th

Dejan Divkovic

Bosnia Herzogovnia

150.25

6th

Michael Faderson

Australia

147.14

7th

Ivan Zalac

Australia

137.15

8th

Daniel Neilson

Australia

133.69

9th

Patrick Healy

Australia

128.45

10th

Dale Marsland

Australia

122.65

Click here for full 2013 ANZ Player of the Year leader board

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