Dan Smith & Mike Leah Top Power Rankings, Daniel Negreanu Rejoins Top 20

Dan Smith added another spade trophy at EPT Grand Final. (Photo courtesy of PokerStars)

Dan Smith added another spade trophy at EPT Grand Final. (Photo courtesy of PokerStars)

Dan Smith‘s uncanny ability to crush €5,000 EPT events put him back in the lead of the BLUFF Power Rankings but any player in the top tens spots could unseat him with one big finish.

Smith added a fifth €5,000 spade trophy to his collection in a Hyper Turbo event at EPT Grand Final for $122,224 and 170 Player of the Year points. The next day Smith final tabled a €25,000 High Roller event for $155,969 and 67.68 POY points.

Smith should hold onto a top ten spot well into the summer as he’s not in any real danger of losing valuable POY points to the calendar.

Steve O’Dwyer moved up one spot in the rankings following a deep run in the WPT Amsterdam Main Event. He finished 31st in a field of 341 entrants for $7,868 and 9.1 POY points. He’s already had a successful May with a third place finish in the EPT Grand Final High Roller event for $600,153 and 141 POY points.

O’Dwyer is less than one full POY point from moving up another spot and less than a dozen from cracking the top ten spots, but O’Dwyer dislikes the World Series of Poker and played a limited schedule the past couple of years. It’s possible O’Dwyer could peak now and not gain any traction in the standings until the European tournament schedule picks back up again later in the year.

Pratyush Buddiga and Dan Colman each moved up a spot in the rankings, but it was a result of Scott Seiver losing 45 POY points to the calendar. Seiver’s slow slide down the rankings began at the start of May when his 2014 EPT Grand Final High Roller runner-up finish lost nearly 100 points and then his 2013 EPT Grand Final High Roller final table finish dropped off his score.

Daniel Negreanu lived in the Power Rankings top 20 for as long as anyone at BLUFF can remember, but dropped out  last week after falling under 1,000 points. But the Canadian returned to the 20th spot this week after Jason Mercier lost points from multiple scores.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of May 18)

  1. Dan Smith – 1,450.52 (-)
  2. Mike Leah – 1,434.75 (-)
  3. Joe Kuether – 1,381.29 (-)
  4. David Peters – 1,295.89 (-)
  5. Dan Colman – 1,277.65 (+1)
  6. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,273.94 (+1)
  7. Scott Seiver – 1,261.77 (-2)
  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 (+1)
  13. Mustapha Kanit – 1,103.79 (-)
  14. Davidi Kitai – 1,094.61 (-)
  15. Aaron Massey – 1,072.12 (-)
  16. Dzmitry Urbanovich – 1,063.71 (-)
  17. Ari Engel – 1,048.03 (-)
  18. Anthony Zinno – 1,037.91 (+1)
  19. Brian Yoon – 1,012.80 (+1)
  20. Daniel Negreanu – 989.52 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Jason Mercier (18th)

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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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