Dan Smith, Ole Schemion & Mike Leah Top BLUFF Power Rankings

Ole Schemion is second in Power Rankings despite no significant cashes since July. (Photo courtesy of WPT)

Ole Schemion is second in Power Rankings despite no significant cashes since July. (Photo courtesy of WPT)

Just 30 points separate Dan Smith, Ole Schemion and Mike Leah for the lead in the latest BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings. All three players crossed the 1,400-point mark but Dan Colman or Daniel Negreanu have enough points to challenge the leaders with a deep run in a highlight event.

A handful of players improved their rank despite not improving their score – Joe McKeehen, Will Failla and Keven Stammen fell victim to the calendar while only Aaron Massey improved his score from last week. David Peters and Mukul Pahuja laddered up the rankings despite their scores dropping.

Massey traveled to his native Chicago for the World Series of Poker Circuit event in Hammond and picked up three scores during the 12 events. He picked up two small cashes in No Limit Hold’em preliminary events and then he finished in 79th place in the Main Event for $3,940 and 11 POY points.

Peters lost POY points from his deep run at the WSOP Europe High Roller where he finished in fourth place for $207,409 and Pahuja lost some value from a final table run in the Regional Florida STAX Classic Main Event for $6,756 and 24.75 POY points. Despite their point drops, they both moved up the rankings a single rung.

The middle of the pack in the rankings are so close together that McKeehen dropped two spots despite losing just 20 points of value. He stands to drop a bit more over the next couple of weeks after going on a bit of heater during November and December of 2013.

Failla suffered the most at the hands of the calendar by losing over 100 points of value and slipped under the 1,000-point mark. His final table from a Foxwoods event in 2012 timed out and then he lost significant value from a win in the Foxwoods World Poker Finals in 2013 for $128,306.

Vanessa Selbst stood pat in her Power Rankings score and returned to the top 20 due to Stammen losing value on a minor 2013 score and a runner-up finish at the Poker EM European Championship timing out from 2012.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of November 3)

  1. Dan Smith – 1,483.84 (-)
  2. Ole Schemion – 1,456.54 (-)
  3. Mike Leah – 1,453.84 (-)
  4. Dan Colman – 1,377.70 (-)
  5. Daniel Negreanu – 1,304.69 (-)
  6. Joe Kuether – 1,262.82 (-)
  7. Olivier Busquet – 1,175.43 (-)
  8. Aaron Massey – 1,170.06 (+1)
  9. Mike McDonald – 1,165.10 (-1)
  10. Scott Seiver – 1,136.04 (+1)
  11. David Peters – 1,129.33 (+1)
  12. Joe McKeehen – 1,129.99 (-2)
  13. Paul Volpe – 1,096.77 (+1)
  14. Jeff Madsen – 1,071.28 (+1)
  15. Jake Schindler – 1,069.09 (+1)
  16. Mukul Pahuja – 1,053.23 (+1)
  17. Ami Barer – 1,051.78 (+1)
  18. Jason Mercier – 1,006.66 (+2)
  19. Vanessa Selbst – 998.11 (NR)
  20. Will Failla – 997.79 (-7)

Dropped from Rankings: Keven Stammen (19th)

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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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