ACOP Final Table Gives Dan Colman Record-High POY Total, Extends Lead

Dan Colman's seventh place finish in the ACOP Super High Roller puts him in never before seen territory in the BLUFF Player of the Year race. (Photo c/o PokerStars Blog / APPT / Kenneth Lim)

Dan Colman’s seventh place finish in the ACOP Super High Roller puts him in never before seen territory in the BLUFF Player of the Year race. (Photo c/o PokerStars Blog / APPT / Kenneth Lim)

It’s been clear for some time that the year Dan Colman is putting together is unlike any we’ve ever seen in the poker world – and after another impressive showing in Macau the numbers bare that out in the clearest way possible.

With his seventh place finish in the Asia Championship of Poker Super High Roller – at his eighth final table of year – Colman now has the highest point total in the history of the BLUFF Player of the Year race with two months left in 2014. More than Marvin Rettenmaier and Dan Smith in their record-setting battle of 2012, and more than Sorel Mizzi accumulated in 2010 – a year that didn’t have a 10-cash cap on qualifying results.

In more present and pressing terms, Colman’s also extended his lead on Mike Leah – increasing the gap between the top two players to over 300 points, and making the task of a late run by Leah all that much harder.

Colman eliminated Davidi Kitai from the ACOP Super High Roller in eighth place, but in making that final table Kitai earned enough POY points to jump from 16th to eighth among a very crowded part of the top 20 in the BLUFF POY standings. The triple crown winner has enjoyed three of the best five tournament cashes of his career so far in 2014; he won his third career bracelet in June, finished third in the EPT Grand Final High Roller, and now this eighth place finish.

Kitai was the only other player to make an impact on the top 20 this week. Pratyush Buddiga, who finished third in the ACOP Super High Roller, is now just outside the top 20, in 24th.

2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings
as of 11/5/2014

  1. Daniel Colman – 1,447.70 (-)
  2. Mike Leah – 1,145.04 (-)
  3. Dan Smith – 949.35 (-)
  4. Ole Schemion – 816.59 (-)
  5. George Danzer – 797.35 (-)
  6. Jake Schindler – 794.85 (-)
  7. Mustapha Kanit – 790.48 (-)
  8. Davidi Kitai – 770.85 (+8)
  9. Joseph McKeehen – 768.22 (-1)
  10. Ami Barer – 766.34 (-1)
  11. Doug Polk – 757.75 (-1)
  12. Mike McDonald – 750.78 (-1)
  13. Olivier Busquet – 742.52 (-1)
  14. Brandon Shack-Harris – 740.55 (-1)
  15. Joe Kuether – 733.91 (-1)
  16. Dominik Panka – 730.59 (-1)
  17. Keven Stammen – 693.55 (-)
  18. Alex Bilokur – 692.00 (-)
  19. Henrik Hecklen – 688.81 (-)
  20. Simon Deadman – 681.00 (-)

Dropped from Standings: NONE

As much as the overall 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race might seem out of reach, the BLUFF High Roller POY race has become an even bigger runaway in Colman’s favor. He’s now almost 350 points clear of Vanessa Selbst in these standings, and there’s been little noise of late from any of the other closest contenders.

While Leah’s odds of catching Colman get longer by the day, he’s well within reach of Dominik Panka in the BLUFF Elite POY race after winning the WSOP Asia-Pacific High Roller and his first bracelet. Colman’s slipped to fifth in this race, but the top five is so closely bunched together that a single final table in a major event – particularly at EPT Prague, or the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic – could easily decide the winner.

Henrik Hecklen and Simon Deadman are both pushing long-time leader James Calderaro in the BLUFF Triple-A POY standings, with Hecklen jumping to second with his runner-up finish in the UKIPT London High Roller. That result also pushed Leah out of the top five at this buy-in tier.

Aaron Massey’s success on the HPT has put him second at the Double-A level, but it’ll take some effort to unseat Joe McKeehen there. Dave Banerjee and Gevork Kasabyan continue to fight it out tooth and nail in various cardrooms throughout California in one of the closest BLUFF POY categories of all, in the Single-A race.

BLUFF High Roller POY

  1. Dan Colman – 870.00 (-)
  2. Vanessa Selbst – 524.50 (-)
  3. Ole Schemion – 495.16 (-)
  4. Doug Polk – 455.00 (-)
  5. Jake Schindler – 407.00 (-)
BLUFF Elite POY

  1. Dominik Panka – 673.55 (-)
  2. Mike Leah – 639.90 (NR)
  3. George Danzer – 627.20 (-1)
  4. Alex Bilokur – 624.30 (-1)
  5. Dan Colman – 563.60 (-1)
BLUFF Triple-A POY

  1. James Calderaro – 403.20 (-)
  2. Henrik Hecklen – 361.40 (NR)
  3. Simon Deadman – 335.40 (-1)
  4. Eric Afriat – 322.00 (-1)
  5. Toby Lewis – 309.40 (-1)
BLUFF Double-A POY

  1. Joe McKeehen – 742.92 (-)
  2. Aaron Massey – 578.70 (NR)
  3. Erwann Pecheux – 540.15 (-)
  4. Jeff Madsen – 531.96 (-2)
  5. Eric Blair – 514.90 (-1)
BLUFF Single-A POY

  1. Dave Banerjee – 209.47 (-)
  2. Gevork Kasabyan – 194.87 (-)
  3. Edison Shields – 166.85 (+1)
  4. Mike Eskandari – 157.00 (-1)
  5. Paul Chauderson – 142.88 (NR)
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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