Aaron Massey Climbs as Keven Stammen Falls in BLUFF Power Rankings

Aaron Massey with his brother, Ralph, after winning the HPT Club One Casino event. (Photo courtesy of Masseys)

Aaron Massey with his brother, Ralph, after winning the HPT Club One Casino event. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Massey)

The three-horse race for the lead in the BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings remained stagnant between Dan Smith, Daniel Negreanu and Ole Schemion, but Dan Colman sits within striking distance despite having less than ten months of live results of qualifying cashes. Aaron Massey climbed seven spots while Keven Stammen dropped 13 spots as the biggest movers of the week.

Jake Schindler, Ami Barer and Jason Mercier improved by a few spots as Mike McDonald dropped a couple spots from some results timing out.

Massey won his second Heartland Poker Tour event in seven weeks to put a stranglehold on the HPT Player of the Year standings with just a few events remaining for Season X. Massey took down the return trip to Club One Casino in Fresno to win $77,760 and 121 BLUFF POY points. Massey is on a heater ever since taking down the HPT East Chicago stop, cashing three times at Borgata Poker Open events, including a runner-up finish for $219,208 and 98 POY points.

Stammen lost 116.75 POY points since last week to drop 13 spots. Stammen earned back-to-back cashes at EPT San Remo in 2012 – he first won a Turbo event for $121,137 and 162.50 POY points and then followed it up with a runner-up finish in an Eight Max event for $257,499 and 161 POY points. Stammen will most likely fall out of the top 20 spots at the end of October as he had another huge score in 2012 at the EM European Championships for $117,038 and 134.40 POY points. He also lost a handful of points from a couple of cashes at the World Series of Poker Circuit Hammond stop in 2013.

Barer picked up a cash in the WSOP APAC Six Max event to add 31.68 points to his total. He made the final two tables and cashed in 11th place for $6,819. Mercier picked up a few points as well, but he was in Florida for the Seminole Coco Poker Open. He took 22nd place for $7,000 and 18.20 POY points. Schindler also attended the Coco Poker Open and he gained two spots in the rankings for a 29th place finish worth $6,000 and 9.10 POY points.

McDonald slipped two spots in the rankings following the timeout of an EPT San Remo score in 2012. He finished in seventh place in a No Limit Hold’em event for $5,541 and 36.96 POY points. McDonald stands to lose around significant ground should he not record a big cash in the coming six weeks. He earned 137.50 POY points from his third place finish at the WPT Alpha8 Caribbean stop in 2013 and a month later he took fifth place for 113.62 POY points at the EPT Prague High Roller event. He also has 56.7 POY points about to time out from 2012 from another EPT Prague High Roller event and the WPT Playground Poker Classic in Montreal.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of October 13)

  1. Dan Smith – 1,483.84 (-)
  2. Daniel Negreanu – 1,445.31 (-)
  3. Ole Schemion – 1,444.44 (-)
  4. Dan Colman – 1,377.70 (-)
  5. Joe Kuether – 1,283.87 (-)
  6. Mike Leah – 1,265.17 (-)
  7. Scott Seiver – 1,179.60 (+2)
  8. Joe McKeehen – 1,175.03 (+2)
  9. David Peters – 1,167.41 (+2)
  10. Mike McDonald – 1,165.10 (-2)
  11. Aaron Massey – 1,151.19 (+7)
  12. Mukul Pahuja – 1,125.04 (-)
  13. Jeff Madsen – 1,105.00 (-)
  14. Paul Volpe – 1,096.77 (+2)
  15. Jake Schindler – 1,076.71 (+2)
  16. Will Failla – 1,066.10 (-2)
  17. Philipp Gruissem – 1,061.53 (-2)
  18. Ami Barer – 1,051.78 (+1)
  19. Jason Mercier – 1,040.98 (+1)
  20. Keven Stammen – 1,025.51 (-13)

Dropped from Rankings: None

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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