BLUFF POY: Steven Silverman Reduces Paul Volpe’s Lead to Less than 2 Points

Steven Silverman nearly took the 2013 BLUFF Player of the Year race this week, but Paul Volpe recorded a small cash in the Millionaire Maker to stay a couple of points ahead. (Jay Newnum photo)

Steven Silverman nearly took the 2013 BLUFF Player of the Year race this week, but Paul Volpe recorded a small cash in the Millionaire Maker to stay a couple of points ahead. (Jay Newnum photo)

The WSOP always brings dramatic changes to the BLUFF Player of the Year race, and 2013 is no exception. For the second time in a month Paul Volpe nearly lost a hold of the lead, but Steven Silverman didn’t fall short by much.

Silverman’s third place finish in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout puts him about as mathematically close to the 2013 BLUFF POY lead as possible. To put it in perspective, a 144th place finish in a $235 Rio Daily Deep Stack event would give Silverman more than enough points to pass Volpe at this point.

Daniel Negreanu pushed even closer to the lead as well, getting his first WSOP cash since his APAC Main Event win in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, where he finished 12th. One more deep run, especially one in a $5,000 buy-in event, could be enough for Negreanu to take over the top spot.

Blake Bohn is quietly having a big year of his own, and he added to it with his first career ‘major’ final table this week. Bohn finished just short of a bracelet in Event 14, settling for second place as he nearly matched the biggest tournament cash of his career. When added to his 2 wins earlier in 2013, including one for $288,171 in the Chicago Poker Classic Main Event, Bohn shoots all the way up to fifth place in the standings.

Philipp Gruissem chose to go to the GuangDong Asia Millions series in Macau instead of the first weekend of the WSOP, and that decision paid off nicely for him. He finished third in the $32,000 Warm-Up, earning $221,483. Gruissem continues to dominate in the small, pro-heavy fields, with the biggest win of his career coming in April, when he won the $50,000 High Roller at WSOP APAC. Gruissem re-enters the top 10 this week, jumping 12 spots to eighth in the POY standings.

David Peters is on a nice pace to challenge Konstantin Puchkov’s record for most cashes at a single WSOP, already putting together four deep runs in the first 18 events. Coming off of a final table appearance at the WPT Championship, Peters finished eighth in the 8-Max No Limit Hold’em event and made the top 65 in three other No Limit events, earning small cashes in each of them. That puts Peters in 14th place in the latest POY standings.

Joe Kuether returns to the top 20 after several close calls early in the WSOP. He bubbled the final table of the Millionaire Maker, then finished 18th in the $2,500 6-Max No Limit Hold’em. A 26th place finish in a $1,500 No Limit event would follow for Kuether, pushing him up to 18th. Jonathan Taylor’s bracelet win against Bohn puts him on the list for the first time in 2012, in 19th place.

  1. Paul Volpe – 654.72 (-)
  2. Steven Silverman – 652.86 (+2)
  3. Daniel Negreanu – 631.43 (-1)
  4. Aaron Lim – 606.65 (-1)
  5. Blake Bohn – 575.30 (NR)
  6. Steve O’Dwyer – 535.47 (-)
  7. Mike Watson – 530.20 (-2)
  8. Philipp Gruissem – 525.95 (+12)
  9. Ole Schemion – 518.40 (-2)
  10. Scott Seiver – 518.37 (-2)
  11. Griffin Benger – 511.35 (-2)
  12. Kevin Eyster – 481.05 (-1)
  13. Vanessa Selbst – 473.28 (-3)
  14. David Peters – 472.30 (+2)
  15. James Anderson – 469.66 (-3)
  16. Paul Klann – 449.25 (-3)
  17. Dimitar Danchev – 448.45 (-3)
  18. Joe Kuether – 444.37 (NR)
  19. Jonathan Taylor – 437.03 (NR)
  20. Jeff Fielder – 435.59 (-3)

Dropped From Rankings: Alex Lakhov (15th), Jan Bendik (18th), Vladimir Troyanovsky (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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