Card Player Media Names Poker Player of the Year

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David "The Dragon" Pham claims prestigious title.

David "The Dragon" Pham clinched the Card Player Media Poker Player of the Year (POY) title in classic style by winning the No Limit Hold 'Em event 8 poker tournament at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic for more than $279,000 on Dec, 5th.

Card Player's Player of the Year award, established in 1997, is the oldest and most respected tournament poker ranking system in the industry. Past winners include the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Michael Mizrachi, and Men "The Master" Nguyen.

Pham is a two-time POY winner, also having won the title in 2000. He joins Men Nguyen (four) and T.J. Cloutier (two) with multiple POY titles. Pham became the points leader in August and remained in first place for the rest of the year. He finished the year with 6,562 points, only 814 points ahead of second place finisher J.C. Tran.

Pham won money in poker tournaments 18 times in 2007, making the final table 11 times. He won four events, including the $5,000 heads-up event at the Mirage Poker Showdown. He also won two events in the Winnin O' the Green tournament series with buy-ins of $500 and $1,000. He won more than $1.8 million playing tournament poker in 2007.

The official POY results are:

1. David Pham          6,562 points
2. J.C. Tran            5,748 points
3. Jonathan Little        5,272 points
4. Scott Clements        5,138 points
5. William Edler        4,777 points

"The Player of the Year race was established in 1997 to honor and recognize outstanding achievement in poker," Stated Barry Shulman, Card Player Media COO. "The POY point system is based on poker tournament finishes throughout the year and is a benchmark used throughout the poker industry to measure accomplishments on the felt. We at Card Player Media would like to congratulate David Pham for his exceptional accomplishment."

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, CardPlayer.com. 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.

For media information, contact:

Lara Miller
Director of Public Relations
Card Player Media

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