Dan Smith Distances Himself Atop BLUFF Power Rankings, David Peters Cracks Top 5

Dan Smith distanced himself from the the rest of the pack in the BLUFF Power Rankings after finishing fourth in a $25,000 High Roller at the Aria. (Drew Amato photo)

Dan Smith distanced himself from the the rest of the pack in the BLUFF Power Rankings after finishing fourth in a $25,000 High Roller at the Aria. (Drew Amato photo)

There have been a lot of big stories breaking in the first couple of weeks at the 2015 World Series of Poker, with some familiar faces adding bracelets or making deep runs in the first 20 or so events of the summer.

The WSOP isn’t the only show in town, however, with a series of $25,000 High Rollers at the Aria and a handful of other tournament series’ having as much effect on the BLUFF Power Ranking this week as any bracelet event in particular. One of two players to greatly benefit from one of these High Rollers is Dan Smith, whose fourth place finish on May 30 netted him enough points to put him more than 150 clear of current second place-holder Mike Leah in the Power Rankings.

The top three spots remained the same for the first time in well over a month, but David Peters crashed the party as far as the top five is concerned. Peters has three cashes so far, including a third place finish in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout and 11th in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship, with those results pushing him back up to fourth after he fell from that position in the last Power Rankings update.

Scott Seiver moved up one spot to fifth after a run in the $1,500 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event resulted in an 83rd place finish. Erik Seidel made a three spot jump to seventh after a runner-up finish to Andrew Lichtenberger in the same tournament in which Smith placed fourth.

One of the most significant moves of all came from Paul Volpe, who shot back up the rankings and into the top 10 with a pair of runner-up finishes in $10,000 Championship events at the 2015 WSOP. He finished to second to Keith Lehr in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship and then followed that a couple days later with a runner-up finish to Shaun Deeb in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship.

Bryn Kenney also cracked the top 20 following a second place finish of his own, in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em. Kenney added a second cash in the $1,500 Six Max No Limit Hold’em, where he finished 62nd. Nick Pupillo continued that theme with a runner-up finish in the Hollywood Poker Open Regional Columbus Main Event just before the WSOP began, which allowed him a five spot jump this week.

Jake Schindler was the third and final player new to the top 20 this week, following a pair of WSOP cashes and a third place finish in a $25,000 High Roller that took place on May 29 at the Aria.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of June 8)

  1. Dan Smith – 1,545.35 (-)
  2. Mike Leah – 1,387.84 (-)
  3. Joe Kuether – 1,359.08 (-)
  4. David Peters – 1,291.65 (+3)
  5. Scott Seiver – 1,285.97 (+1)
  6. Dan Colman – 1,277.65 (-2)
  7. Erik Seidel – 1,259.93 (+3)
  8. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,237.71 (-3)
  9. Ole Schemion – 1,212.32 (-1)
  10. Paul Volpe – 1,199.28 (NR)
  11. Stephen Chidwick – 1,184.22 (-2)
  12. Bryn Kenney – 1,162.51 (NR)
  13. Steve O’Dwyer – 1,114.36 (-1)
  14. Martin Jacobson – 1,098.21 (-3)
  15. Nick Pupillo – 1,096.33 (+5)
  16. Jake Schindler – 1,065.67 (NR)
  17. Aaron Massey – 1,063.89 (-3)
  18. Dzmitry Urbanovich – 1,062.83 (-3)
  19. Ari Engel – 1,056.73 (-2)
  20. Mustapha Kanit – 1,053.63 (-7)

Dropped from Rankings: Davidi Kitai (16th), Anthony Zinno (18th), Brian Yoon (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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