When you look back at the kind of year that Dan Colman had in 2014 at some point in the future, it will certainly rank among the top individual years of live poker tournament performances ever put together. The scary thing about it is, he has another three and a half months to add to it, and there’s really no signs that Colman will slow down.
Colman made himself the prohibitive favorite in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race by winning the $10 Million Guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event last week, earning his fourth cash of at least $1 million in the last six months. This win might be the most impressive one of all, with Colman fighting his way through a field of 1,499 to earn his third victory of 2014.
Dan Smith was starting to creep up on Colman in the standings, but this victory puts Colman over 400 points ahead of the rest of the pack. The only tournament in a given year that offers enough points to close that gap is the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Nobody among the November Nine is in, or even near the top 20 in the POY standings. In order for Smith or any other contender to have a chance, they’d need to win a big event on the EPT, WPT or at WSOP Asia-Pacific – along with another serious result or two. Thanks to the same tournament that put Colman out of reach, Smith has some company coming from the other direction too.
SHRPO Main Event runner-up Mike Leah jumps eight spots to third this week, less than five points behind Smith. Doug Polk’s 38th place finish in the SHRPO Main Event was enough, in a crowded middle section of the top 20 of the BLUFF POY standings, to send him up to ninth this week.
As was the case with all of the movers in the top 20 this week, the last two players to move up both have results of their own in the SHRPO Main Event to thank. With his fifth place finish, Joe Kuether rejoins this list for the first time in months, in 12th – well on his way to a top 15 spot in the BLUFF POY standings for a second consecutive year. After just one week outside the top 20, Simon Deadman’s 101st place finish was just enough to push him back up to 18th.
2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (As of September 10)
- Dan Colman – 1,377.70 (-)
- Dan Smith – 949.35 (-)
- Mike Leah – 944.64 (+8)
- Ole Schemion – 816.59 (-1)
- George Danzer – 797.15 (-1)
- Jake Schindler – 794.85 (-1)
- Mustapha Kanit – 790.48 (-1)
- Joe McKeehen – 768.22 (-1)
- Doug Polk – 757.75 (+3)
- Mike McDonald – 750.78 (-2)
- Ami Barer – 746.21 (-2)
- Joe Kuether – 733.91 (NR)
- Dominik Panka – 720.59 (-3)
- Keven Stammen – 693.55 (-1)
- Alex Bilokur – 692.00 (-1)
- Brandon Shack-Harris – 672.90 (-1)
- Jason Mercier – 663.10 (-1)
- Simon Deadman – 647.35 (NR)
- Scott Seiver – 643.88 (-2)
- Jeff Madsen – 641.41 (-1)
Dropped from Rankings: Davidi Kitai (18th), Daniel Negreanu (20th)
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