Dan Colman Claims Top Spot in BLUFF Power Rankings

Dan Colman's 2014 will go down in the record books as one of the most impressive in the history of tournament poker. (Photo c/o World Poker Tour)

Dan Colman’s 2014 will go down in the record books as one of the most impressive in the history of tournament poker. (Photo c/o World Poker Tour)

There’s been an untold number of superlatives laid upon Dan Colman for the year of results he’s racked up, but as 2014 winds towards a close Colman’s earned himself another distinct honor – the number one spot in the BLUFF Power Rankings.

It’s not an easy position to attain by any means, but Colman’s working from a significant disadvantage to begin with – he didn’t have a single qualifying cash in 2013 and the BLUFF Power Rankings take two years of results into account. Colman’s unbelievable results in this calendar year have him ahead of both Mike Leah and Ole Schemion, who are each enjoying strong years in their own right with some big results dating back more than a year.

Both Leah and Schemion join Colman, Daniel Negreanu and Joe Kuether in moving up this week as longtime leader Dan Smith fell from the top spot. Smith’s WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic victory – one of four $1 million cashes in Smith’s career so far – passed the one year mark and lost half its value, sending Smith tumbling five spots to sixth.

Schemion and Kuether each tacked a few extra points onto their scores over the last few weeks. Schemion made the final table of the Master Classics of Poker Main Event in Amsterdam, while deep runs in a a pair of Vegas Main Events helped Kuether climb two spots to fifth.

David Peters cracked the top 10 for the first time in months thanks to a deep run in the WPT UK Main Event in mid-November, and Paul Volpe isn’t far behind in 11th. Volpe final tabled the Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship, taking fourth, and added a cash at WPT Montreal. Mukul Pahuja finished third in that tournament just a year after finishing second, and he made the biggest jump of all in this week’s Power Rankings – climbing four spots to 16th.

Vanessa Selbst returned to the top 20 after a short stint on the outside looking in, displacing Will Failla; after a long time occupying a spot in the BLUFF Power Rankings, Failla tumbled all the way to 27th.

The next few weeks should bring continued changes to these rankings. Between EPT Prague and its Super High Roller, and WPT Five Diamond and the WPT Alpha8 event running in conjunction, there are some big opportunities for massive paydays and huge swings in the BLUFF Power Rankings by the close of 2014.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of December 8)

  1. Dan Colman – 1,447.70 (+1)
  2. Mike Leah – 1,415.12 (+1)
  3. Ole Schemion – 1,396.06 (+1)
  4. Daniel Negreanu – 1,304.69 (+1)
  5. Joe Kuether – 1,288.96 (+2)
  6. Dan Smith – 1,269.72 (-5)
  7. Ami Barer – 1,224.63 (+1)
  8. Martin Jacobson – 1,191.69 (-2)
  9. Olivier Busquet – 1,175.43 (-)
  10. David Peters – 1,146.08 (+1)
  11. Paul Volpe – 1,134.84 (+4)
  12. Joe McKeehen – 1,101.94 (+1)
  13. Davidi Kitai – 1,087.27 (-1)
  14. Scott Seiver – 1,083.79 (+2)
  15. Aaron Massey – 1,079.44 (-5)
  16. Mukul Pahuja – 1,071.38 (+4)
  17. Mike McDonald – 1,063.55 (-3)
  18. Jake Schindler – 1,056.49 (-1)
  19. Jeff Madsen – 1,043.18 (-)
  20. Vanessa Selbst – 998.11 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Will Failla (18th)

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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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