BLUFF POY: Aussie Millions Prelim Wins Boost Mustapha Kanit

Mustapha Kanit chopped the opening event at Aussie Millions, then immediately went on to win Event 4. That puts him in the top 10 this week.

Mustapha Kanit chopped the opening event at Aussie Millions, then immediately went on to win Event 4. That puts him in the top 10 this week.

We’re just a few days away from the start of the Aussie Million Main Event, but even before that tournament and several major High Rollers get underway in Melbourne the series has already begun to make its impact on the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race.

The top five spots in the 2014 BLUFF POY race remain the same as they were a week ago, but Joe Kuether inched up a spot from eighth to seventh with his first cash at the 2014 Aussie Millions. The biggest benefactor from that series so far, however, has been Mustapha Kanit.

After kicking off the series by chopping the opening event heads-up, having outlasted more than 1,300 players, Kanit entered Event 4 at the Aussie Millions the next day. The Italian then topped the 494 player field for that Six-Max No Limit Hold’em event, giving him back-to-back wins and a spot in the top 10 early in the 2014 BLUFF POY race.

The other movement in the race comes from the France Poker Series in Deauville, the prelim events leading up to the EPT Main Event there. Niels van Leeuwen earned just his third recorded tournament cash and made it count in the FPS Deauville Main Event, earning the victory and $240,000 to put himself 12th in the BLUFF POY race.

Simon Deadman jumps to 15th this week, with his second six-figure runner-up finish of 2014. After finishing second in the Genting Poker Series Nottingham Main Event three weeks ago, Deadman did the same in the FPS Deauville High Roller. He finished second to Kamel Tir, the fourth and final debut in this week’s top 20, who rounds out that list after winning $179,173 Monday evening.

This week will see the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open and EPT Deauville play out, and those tournaments coupled with what’s going on at the Aussie Million could rapidly change the landscape of the 2014 BLUFF POY race in its earliest stages.

2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of January 29)

  1. Dominik Panka – 400.00 (-)
  2. Mike McDonald – 340.00 (-)
  3. Vanessa Selbst – 306.00 (-)
  4. Jacob Schindler – 282.00 (-)
  5. Fabian Quoss – 264.10 (-)
  6. Alex Bilokur – 240.00 (-)
  7. Joe Kuether – 232.40 (+1)
  8. Tyler Morris – 231.00 (-1)
  9. Mustapha Kanit – 229.08 (NR)
  10. Alexander Condon – 226.28 (-1)
  11. Matt Glantz – 225.90 (-1)
  12. Niels van Leeuwen – 220.00 (NR)
  13. Greg Merson – 217.40 (-2)
  14. Isaac Baron – 200.00 (-2)
  15. Simon Deadman – 193.90 (NR)
  16. Buyanjargal Bold – 190.00 (-3)
  17. Tiberu-florian Georgescu – 187.00 (-3)
  18. Georgios Karakousis – 184.46 (-3)
  19. Mike Leah – 183.20 (-3)
  20. Kamel Tir – 182.00 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Madis Muur (17th), Dan Shak (18th), Rep Porter (19th), Ole Schemion (20th)

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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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