BLUFF POY: PCA Champ Panka, McDonald and Selbst on Top to Start ’14

Dominik Panka won't win the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race just by winning the PCA Main Event, but that victory has given him a nice head start.

Dominik Panka won’t win the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race just by winning the PCA Main Event, but that victory has given him a nice head start.

The gifts have been given, the decorations are back in the attic and the confetti has been cleaned up – it’s officially 2014. With one of the biggest tournament series’ of the year already in the record books, the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race is officially underway.

There are a few cosmetic changes to the BLUFF POY formula for 2014, but the base of the formula remains exactly the same. With the combination of its field size and buy-in, the champion of the Main Event of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will once again start the year as the overall leader.

Dominik Panka of Poland won that title and $1.4 million, giving him the honor of starting 2014 on top of the BLUFF POY race. Mike McDonald, who finished second to Panka in the PCA Main Event just days after making the final table of the $100,000 Super High Roller, is also second in the BLUFF POY race.

Vanessa Selbst kicks off 2014 in a familiar spot in the BLUFF POY race – the top five. Selbst is third after a massive performance for the second consecutive year at the PCA, which saw her take third in the $100,000 Super High Roller, make a deep run in the Main Event and finish third in the $25,000 High Roller to cap it all off. After kicking off 2013 by winning the $25,000 High Roller, Selbst finished the year in fourth – and she’s also been in the top 30 in each of the last four years in the BLUFF POY race, including two top-five finishes.

Of the players who ended 2013 in the top 20, three start 2014 on the list – Selbst, Joe Kuether and Ole Schemion. Kuether’s 11th after winning a $5,300 No Limit event at the PCA, while Schemion’s 18th after pulling off a similar feat to Selbst’s by final tabling both PCA High Rollers and cashing in the Main Event.

The PCA High Roller Champions – Jacob Schindler in the $25,000 and Fabian Quoss in the $100,000 – round out the top 5 in the BLUFF POY standings. Other notables who start 2014 in the top 20 include Matt Glantz (8th), Isaac Baron (10th), Mike Leah (14th), Dan Shak (16th) and Rep Porter (17th).

2012 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Merson earned his first cash since the 2013 WSOP Main Event, and his first non-WSOP cash since the 2010 WPT Borgata Poker Open at the PCA. After finishing 98th in the Main Event, Merson fell just short of victory in the $25,000 High Roller, finishing second.

The coming weeks will be busy as the Aussie Millions and WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open each make their impact on the BLUFF POY race.

2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (As of January 15)

  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. Alexander Condon – 226.28
  8. Matt Glantz – 225.90
  9. Greg Merson – 217.40
  10. Isaac Baron – 200.00
  11. Joe Kuether – 192.50
  12. Tiberu-florian Georgescu – 187.00
  13. Georgios Karakousis – 184.46
  14. Mike Leah – 183.20
  15. Madis Muur – 176.00
  16. Dan Shak – 175.00
  17. Rep Porter – 170.00
  18. Ole Schemion – 168.96
  19. Ali Cader – 158.88
  20. Dmitri Ponomarev – 156.00
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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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