Colman Rides ‘Big One’ to High Roller POY Lead, WSOP Touches All 5 Tiers

With the month of July and the 2014 World Series of Poker behind us, it’s time for a reset on all of the BLUFF Player of the Year races. Each was touched by the 2014 WSOP and various other events held around Las Vegas over the last two months, and with the EPT and WPT set to kick off fresh seasons there will only be more change coming in the days to come.

This week BLUFF looks at the five different races based on buy-in tiers, which changed dramatically over the last few weeks of the summer.

High Roller
1. Daniel Colman – 625.00
2. Vanessa Selbst – 524.50
3. Ole Schemion – 468.96
4. Doug Polk – 455.00
5. Jacob Schindler – 407.00

Daniel Colman surged into the overall lead in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race after a tremendous couple of weeks. He won the second-largest tournament payout of all-time in the Big One for One Drop, and just a week later he took third in a $100,000 Super High Roller held at the Aria. That’s $16.1 million all-told, and those two results coupled with his EPT Grand Final Super High Roller also has Colman atop the 2014 BLUFF High Roller Player of the Year standings.

That puts him in front of long-time front runner Vanessa Selbst, who started the summer by winning the $25,000 Mixed Max Event. Selbst sits right in front of Ole Schemion, who went cashless at the WSOP only to cash in two tournaments at the Aria. He got a small result in the WPT 500, followed a week later by a win in the $100,000 Super High Roller at the Aria that earned him $1 million and put him right back into contention in the BLUFF POY race.

Doug Polk had just two cashes after his bracelet win in early June, but they were both big ones. Polk took fifth in the 87 player field in the first Bellagio $100,000 of the summer, and then returned on the fourth of July to win over $1.6 million and the title in another $100,000 Super High Roller. Jacob Schindler finished third in that tournament, one of three massive third place finishes this summer for Schindler. He also took third in a $3,000 No Limit event, and capped the summer by finishing in that spot once more in the Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza Main Event.

1. Alex Bilokur – 624.30
2. Dominik Panka – 620.00
3. George Danzer – 601.20
4. Paul Volpe – 478.24
5. Isaac Baron – 448.40

Alex Bilokur finally dethroned long-standing Elite POY leader Dominik Panka in mid-June, winning his first career WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em. Panka stayed true to his word, as he relayed to us on The Rundown before the summer and didn’t make an appearance at the 2014 WSOP, but he’s still a close second after a tremendous start to the year.

George Danzer, on the other hand, made a killing at this year’s WSOP. With two bracelets in $10,000 buy-in events and numerous other results, Danzer also made himself a force to be reckoned with in several of this year’s POY races. Paul Volpe and Isaac Baron round out the top five, with Volpe earning his first career WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven. Baron has four major results at this buy-in level, with a third place finish in the PCA Main Event, fourth in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha at the WSOP and deep runs in both the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star and the WSOP Main Event.

1. James Calderaro – 403.20
2. Simon Deadman – 335.40
3. Eric Afriat – 322.00
4. Martin Godsk Stausholm – 286.12
5. Robert Merulla – 280.00

This buy-in level had the least movement of all this summer, with James Calderaro maintaining his top spot and Eric Afriat and Robert Merulla each holding onto top five spots they’ve had since late April. Two players did manage to crash the party, though, thanks in largest part to the Hollywood Poker Open.

Simon Deadman won $351,097 and the overall title, giving him his only cash in Las Vegas for the summer. Deadman’s other major result at this buy-in level came at EPT Deauville back in January, when he finished second in the France Poker Series High Roller. Martin Godsk Stausholm finished fourth in the Hollywood Poker Open and took seventh in a $2,100 event at the Venetian in Las Vegas, adding to a win in the GCOP Grand Final back in February.

1. Joseph McKeehen – 739.42
2. Erwann Pecheux – 520.85
3. Eric Blair – 514.90
4. Mike Leah – 480.14
5. Asi Moshe – 421.00

Three of the top five from the start of the summer are still hanging tough, but the summer caused quite a shake-up and led Joseph McKeehen to be the serious front-runner for this title. McKeehen’s second place finish in the Monster Stack, which is likely to be the biggest field for any buy-in event at this tier all year, added to an already impressive year and put McKeehen well out in front.

Erwann Pecheux has also put in some serious volume, cashing a total of 18 times – 15 of which fall into this buy-in tier. His biggest results of the summer cam in the first few weeks, when Pecheux took third in the WPT National Cannes Main Event, took 11th in a $1,000 No Limit event at the WSOP and fifth in an $1,100 No Limit event at the Venetian.

Mike Leah finished 11th, seventh and 22nd in WSOP events that fell into this buy-in level, but it was his second place finish in the $1,100 buy-in, $800,000 Guaranteed event late in the summer at the Venetian that pushed him into the top five of the Double-A race. For Asi Moshe, it couldn’t have been a better summer. One year after getting his first career tournament cash at the WSOP, finishing fifth in a $1,500 event, Moshe returned in 2014 and won a $1,500 No Limit event for $582,321 and the bracelet. Moshe also ran deep in the Little One for One Drop, finishing 27th, and wrapped it all up by finishing third to eventual champion Leah at the Venetian.

1. Dave Banerjee – 197.00
2. William Scarsdale – 132.38
3. Gevork Kasabyan – 129.75
4. Mike Eskandari – 129.00
5. Bruce Angeski – 121.60

Dave Banerjee and William Scarsdale each added a couple of points and held onto the top two spots through the summer, but three players managed to close the gap on the two players who looked to be too far in front to be caught. Gevork Kasabyan, who won $63,085 in a $150 Turbo No Limit event at the LAPC in February, had two strong days back-to-back at the Hustler Casino. After finishing second in a $175 tournament on July 21, Kasabyan won a $260 tournament on July 22.

Mike Eskandari secured a $70,000 payday for winning a a $200,000 guaranteed event during the same series, the Larry Flynt Grand Slam of Poker. Bruce Angeski cashed in nine WSOP Daily Deepstacks this summer, final tabling five of them and taking down two of the 10 pm $135’s.

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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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