Colman Keeps BLUFF POY Lead with New EPT and WPT Seasons Set to Begin

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Dan Colman’s taken the 2014 BLUFF POY lead into August, but there’s a lot of poker to be played before the race is all said and done.

The final two episodes of ESPN’s 2014 Big One for One Drop broadcast aired Tuesday night, highlighting Dan Colman’s run to a $15 million victory. That win represents the second-largest poker tournament payout ever, and it’s helped Colman to take and hold the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year lead for the last month.

After a quiet month on the tournament calendar the calm before the storm is ending this week, however, as the 11th season of the European Poker Tour gets underway in Barcelona. With 12 days of tournaments on tap there will be a lot of opportunities to accumulate some serious points, and the biggest events there will undoubtedly have their effect on this race. Colman won the last EPT Super High Roller held in Europe, and with a significant result in the €50,000 event in Barcelona he could establish himself as an overwhelming favorite to win the 2014 BLUFF POY race.

Ole Schemion, the only player other than Colman to clear 800 POY points by the start of August, has been equally impressive in big buy-in events in the last couple of years and could do similar damage in Barcelona as he looks to kick off his bid to repeat as EPT Player of the Year.

There’s also a lot of action on tap in the coming weeks in the United States. The first event of the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open series, which culminates in a $10 Million Guaranteed Main Event, starts Thursday. The 13th season of the World Poker Tour starts a week later in Los Angeles, with the Legends of Poker at the Bike kicking things off.

While the top 20 has remained entirely static for several weeks, two players have managed to add a few points to their totals. Joe McKeehen cashed in two events at the Parx Big Stax VII, with a 22nd place finish the better of those two results. Mike Leah earned three cashes after leaving Las Vegas, all of which came at the Canadian Poker Tour Summer Showdown in late July and early August. Leah’s biggest result came from a fourth place finish in a prelim, but he also managed a deep run in their Main Event, finishing 18th.

2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of August 13)

  1. Daniel Colman – 845.70 (-)
  2. Ole Schemion – 812.24 (-)
  3. George Danzer – 778.85 (-)
  4. Mustapha Kanit – 777.48 (-)
  5. Jacob Schindler – 770.45 (-)
  6. Joe McKeehen – 768.22 (-)
  7. Dan Smith – 716.25 (-)
  8. Mike McDonald – 715.08 (-)
  9. Mike Leah – 708.24 (-)
  10. Alex Bilokur – 692.00 (-)
  11. Doug Polk – 686.00 (-)
  12. Brandon Shack-Harris – 672.90 (-)
  13. Dominik Panka – 667.04 (-)
  14. Keven Stammen – 659.25 (-)
  15. Daniel Negreanu – 637.19 (-)
  16. Mukul Pahuja – 636.40 (-)
  17. Ami Barer – 631.81 (-)
  18. Simon Deadman – 618.65 (-)
  19. Davidi Kitai – 595.65 (-)
  20. Byron Kaverman – 595.56 (-)

Dropped from Rankings: None

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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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