Dan Smith Leads Last Power Rankings before 2015 World Series of Poker

Dan Smith leads the Power Rankings heading into the 2015 WSOP.

Dan Smith leads the Power Rankings heading into the 2015 WSOP.

Dan Smith leads the BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings on the last week for before the 2015 World Series of Poker re-shuffles the standings as two factors adjust the rankings – players making deep runs and scoring bracelets and players’ scores dropping value from the calendar.

Smith is just one small cash ahead of Mike Leah, Joe Kuether could take the lead with a solid result while Pratyush Buddiga, Scott Seiver, David Peters, Ole Schemion and Stephen Chidwick could grab the top spot with an early bracelet win.

The first week of the 2015 WSOP has events scheduled which could dole out some serious POY points. The second event is a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event – which generated 696 entries and $3.2 million prizepool in 2014 and first place earned 272 POY points. Then a $3,000 NLHE Shootout event, the $10,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw event and, of course, The Colossus all run during the first week of the Series.

Smith won’t have to worry about slipping from scores timing out until late-June. Smith didn’t have a blockbuster score at the 2013 WSOP but his 2014 summer saw him earn 250 POY points from the Bellagio Super High Roller, he had two WSOP final tables and then had deep run in the Main Event where he finished in 20th place for 105 POY points.

For lack of a better term, Leah nickel and dimed the 2013 WSOP outside of his third place finish for 112 POY points in a $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo. Leah had a couple of final table runs early in the 2014 WSOP but got his best result in a July Venetian DSE event for $189,474 and 161 POY points. So without, a few cashes this summer Leah’s in danger of losing footing in the rankings.

Nick Pupillo earned his way into the top 20 for the first time of his career following a stretch of two wins and four final tables since he took down the Heartland Poker Tour East Chicago main event for $120,537 and 143 POY points.  He final tabled the Mid-States Poker Tour FireKeepers main event and finished runner-up in the Hollywood Poker Open Regional main event.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of May 26)

  1. Dan Smith – 1,450.52 (-)
  2. Mike Leah – 1,434.75 (-)
  3. Joe Kuether – 1,381.29 (-)
  4. Dan Colman – 1,277.65 (+1)
  5. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,273.94 (+1)
  6. Scott Seiver – 1,261.77 (+1)
  7. David Peters – 1,248.37 (-3)
  8. Ole Schemion – 1,212.32 (-)
  9. Stephen Chidwick – 1,198.12 (-)
  10. Erik Seidel – 1,124.25 (-)
  11. Martin Jacobson – 1,110.86 (-)
  12. Steve O’Dwyer – 1,110.50 (-)
  13. Mustapha Kanit – 1,103.79 (-)
  14. Aaron Massey – 1,072.12 (+1)
  15. Dzmitry Urbanovich – 1,063.71 (+1)
  16. Davidi Kitai – 1,054.61 (-2)
  17. Ari Engel – 1,048.03 (-)
  18. Anthony Zinno – 1,037.91 (-)
  19. Brian Yoon – 1,012.80 (-)
  20. Nick Pupillo – 984.83 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Daniel Negreanu (20th)

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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