Barcelona Anniversary Knocks Smith, McDonald & Watson Down a Few Pegs

Dan Smith won the 2012 EPT Barcelona Super High Roller two years ago this week, and despite losing so many points his well-balanced resume keeps him in third.

Dan Smith won the 2012 EPT Barcelona Super High Roller two years ago this week, and despite losing so many points his well-balanced resume keeps him in third.

Two years ago Tuesday, the 2012 European Poker Tour Super High Roller in Barcelona featured a tremendous final table that eventually saw Dan Smith take down his second such event of the year to earn his second $1 million payday of 2012. JC Alvarado, Mike Watson, Ilari Sahamies, Mike McDonald and Erik Seidel finished second though sixth in this tournament, making it one of the highlights of the year.

With that result, along with numerous other successes around the world, Smith, Watson, McDonald and Seidel each made their way into the top 20 of the BLUFF Power Rankings one week ago. This week those points fall off all four of their total scores, sending three out of the four tumbling from their previous position.

Smith remains in third, but as the winner his score fell the most. It’s a testament to just
how good Smith was in 2012 – when he finished second in the closest BLUFF POY race in history – and how good he’s been ever since. Smith is also looking to repeat history, as he’s one of 55 players who advanced to Day 2 of the 2014 EPT Barcelona Super High Roller. Players can re-enter until the start of play Tuesday, but Seidel is already through, searching for his third consecutive final table. He’ll need it, as he was the only player to fall from the top 20 this week. Ole Schemion and Daniel Negreanu, currently the top ranked players in the world, are also among the 55 players to bag up chips Monday night in Barcelona.

While McDonald fell just one spot from fifth to sixth, Watson took a serious tumble in a much more bunched up portion of the top 20; he’s now six spots lower, in 18th this week. With Seidel currently 24th, one additional spot in the top 20 opened up – and it belongs to Matt Salsberg. He cracks through in 20th, on the weight of four post-WSOP cashes. Three of them came in LA, including a third place finish in the Larry Flynt Grand Slam of Poker Main Event.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of August 18, 2014)

  1. Ole Schemion – 1,751.45 (-)
  2. Daniel Negreanu – 1,577.26 (-)
  3. Dan Smith – 1,311.29 (-)
  4. Philipp Gruissem – 1,292.43 (-)
  5. Joseph McKeehen – 1,255.86 (+1)
  6. Mike McDonald – 1,228.54 (-1)
  7. Mukul Pahuja – 1,216.23 (-)
  8. Joe Kuether – 1,179.32 (-)
  9. Will Failla – 1,160.57 (-)
  10. Keven Stammen – 1,128.21 (-)
  11. Scott Seiver – 1,124.75 (-)
  12. Jacob Schindler – 1,115.73 (+1)
  13. Alex Bilokur – 1,115.13 (+1)
  14. Roger Hairabedian – 1,103.00 (+1)
  15. Paul Volpe – 1,096.77 (+1)
  16. Vanessa Selbst – 1,086.86 (+1)
  17. David Peters – 1,060.64 (+1)
  18. Mike Watson – 1,056.12 (-6)
  19. Thomas Muehloecker – 1,031.05 (+1)
  20. Matt Salsberg – 1,017.20 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Erik Seidel (19th)

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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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