Card Player Media's Inaugural Online Player of the Year Award is a Tight Race

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The final 3 months of the OPOY race promise to be exciting.

Card Player Media is gearing up to award its first-annual Card Player Online Player of the Year (OPOY) award, and the race for the top spot is too close to call.

Established this year, the OPOY was developed to recognize outstanding achievement in online poker. The award tracks all online tournaments open to U.S. players that attract at least 100 or more participants and have a buy in of $100 or more and a total prize pool of over $100,000.

With notable online players Matt "ch0ppy" Kay, Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi, and Chad "lilholdem954" Batista leading the way, the 2007 OPOY is filled with dynamic players focused on winning this prestigious award. Information on the race and these top players can be found at's Online Zone, the most comprehensive place for online poker information on the Internet.

"Card Player saw the need to recognize online poker player's accomplishments," said Shawn Green, content manager for "Internet players often overcome fields of 5,000 to 7,000 players and it was time these outstanding players were acknowledged for their achievements in the poker industry's preeminent poker publication."
Card Player established its Player of the Year Award, which tracks live poker tournament winners in 1997. Since that time, the award has become the most respected tournament poker ranking system in the industry.

The top five in the 2007 OPOY race are:

Place, Player -- Points -- OPOY Winnings
1. Matt "ch0ppy" Kay -- 6,574 -- $670,937
2. Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi -- 6,240 -- $552,379
3. Chad "lilholdem954" Batista -- 5,090 -- $678,897
4. Isaac "westmenloAA" Baron -- 5,004 -- $597,980
5. "Andy McLEOD" -- 4,826 -- $417,084

"I am very happy with my progress this year," said Matt Kay, "I promise I won't make it easy for Sorel."

Online poker players have another three months to compete for the 2007 OPOY title. With OPOY-qualified tournaments being played daily on several poker sites, the No. 1 spot is still wide open and attainable for many players. The current and future standings can be viewed at

About Card Player Media
Card Player Media is the leading media resource for poker enthusiasts of every level, interest, and ability. The company is the publisher of Card Player magazine, the world's largest poker publication, and Card Player Europe. Card Player magazine, published biweekly since 1988, is the only poker publication to be audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulation. With its global partners, Card Player Media also publishes Card Player Brazil, Card Player Italia, Card Player France, Card Player Finland, Card Player Germany, Card Player Hungary, Card Player Russia, Card Player Spain, and Card Player Norway.

Card Player Media owns and operates the leading poker information portal on the Internet, The site provides visitors with live tournament reporting, multimedia content, up-to-the minute-poker news, a comprehensive backlog of its magazine content, and free applications to improve one's game. Card Player TV, an innovative multimedia suite that provides poker fans with daily programming, was added in 2007 to further enhance Card Player Media's content offerings.

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Lara Miller
Director of Public Relations
Card Player Media


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