NorCal Player of the Year update

We’re just over halfway through the 2013 Northern California Poker Tournament Player of the Year contest and the action is really heating up along with the weather.

Lawrence Chow of San Francisco, who has recorded second and third places in this contest the past two years, is currently out front as he holds off two-time champion Rellie Sigua. Ian Malabanan of South San Francisco is not far behind either. For that matter anyone could potentially go on a run and pick up thousands of points as Mark Lamb did in 2010 when he took down the title.

Points are currently being regularly compiled from Bay 101 Casino, San Jose; Livermore Casino, Livermore; Lucky Chances Casino, Colma; Lucky Derby Casino, Citrus Heights; and Palace Poker Casino, Hayward. We’ve got Capitol Casino in Sacramento and Turlock Poker Room in Turlock right on the edge of becoming regulars. With a little nudge maybe we can get them and their players in on the action! Any of the casinos you see advertising in The Cardroom are eligible—all they have to do is fill out the forms when their players win and we do the rest.

Here are the standings in the 2013 POY race as of June 28 (or at least as many names as we can fit in the space available—for the complete list go to

Name City Points TGP

Chow, L San Francisco 4,689.61 19

Sigua, R San Bruno 4,625.69 23

Malabanan, I S. San Francisco 3,859.07 19

Dela Cruz, C Daly City 2,374.80 11

Nguyen, D San Francisco 2,355.27 11

Yim, C Hayward 2,111.89 18

Aquino, J Pacifica 2,093.27 9

Lyons, P Hillsborough 2,058.04 9

Rodriguez, G Fremont 2,002.32 16

Tang, X Foster City 1,826.81 11

Perez, A San Francisco 1,739.20 9

Spruitenburg, T Pacifica 1,693.41 7

Raines, S Fremont 1,690.59 16

Serrano, V San Bruno 1,657.66 9

Velazco, C Pacifica 1,631.78 10

Saquing, M Daly City 1,614.45 5

Giva, A Daly City 1,558.98 8

Tom, B San Francisco 1,512.61 9

Webster, D San Francisco 1,438.43 9

Dalaig, H San Francisco 1,403.95 6

Rivas, E Hayward 1,399.18 10

Ciaglo, D Granite Bay 1,388.76 14

Gawad, H El Granada 1,357.33 8

Pincombe, G Redwood City 1,196.00 6

Tighe, G Santa Cruz 1,150.55 6

Crispi, A Castro Valley 1,130.14 10

Forster, D Alameda 1,106.91 3

Zapanta, O Hayward 948.29 9

Dingley, T Sacramento 917.45 10

Blumenfield, N San Francisco 889.33 6

Pineda, J Daly City 858.00 5

Saakov, L San Francisco 845.35 5

Hankin, P Oakland 838.60 6

Quiambao, R S. San Francisco 821.21 2

Jones, K Antelope 810.25 9

Zeledon, J San Jose 733.54 4

Sanchez, I Reedley 704.97 4

Gil, R San Jose 686.00 3

Ali, M Albany 678.84 5

Hunkin, T San Francisco 649.00 4