Dan Smith Still “King” of Power Rankings, 2013 WSOPE Loses Value

Dan Smith leads the Power Rankings and is third place in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race. (Photy by Drew Amato)

Dan Smith leads the Power Rankings and is third place in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race. (Photy by Drew Amato)

The latest BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings are out and Dan Smith, Ole Schemion and Mike Leah still hold on to the top three spots. The middle of the rankings saw some movement with Oliver Busquet, Mike McDonald and Aaron Massey all gaining ground.

Daniel Negreanu, Scott Seiver, David Peters and Mukul Pahuja each slipped in the rankings after losing some value to the calendar.

Busquet and McDonald moved up in the rankings as a result of other scores dipping, but Massey picked up a pair of cashes at the World Series of Poker Circuit Hammond stop. The Hammond stop is typically one of the best attended stops on the Circuit located just outside Chicago and the Windy City native cashed in two $365 events. He first finished in 141st place in an event that pulled nearly 2,000 entrants. Then Massey made a final table run in another No Limit Hold’em event where he finished in ninth place for $2,284 and 6.5 POY points.

Negreanu’s slide came from his 2013 WSOP Europe cashes losing half their value. His historic win in the High Roller event, the last opportunity he had to pass Matthew Ashton, put nearly $1 million in his pocket. He also finished in 25th place in the Main Event a few days before for almost $30,000. He earned 281.25 POY points combined at the time and with the calendar turning over he lost half the value – about 141 POY points.

Seiver also lost some POY points from WSOP Europe last year. He finished in sixth place in the High Roller event which Negreanu won for $102,808 and 87.12 POY points. Seiver will see another drop in his totals in the coming weeks when his 2013 November WPT Alpha8 Caribbean score drops from 104.5 POY points to 52.25 points.

Peters was also at the 2013 WSOP Europe High Roller final table – he took fourth place for 116.16 POY points and $207,409. He dropped 58 POY points, but will remain steady in the rankings until mid-December. Peters won the 2013 EPT Prague High Roller event for $180,193 and 208 POY points and cashed in 67th place in the main event for 23.1 POY points.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of October 27)

  1. Dan Smith – 1,483.84 (-)
  2. Ole Schemion – 1,456.54 (-)
  3. Mike Leah – 1,453.84 (-)
  4. Dan Colman – 1,377.70 (+1)
  5. Daniel Negreanu – 1,304.69 (-1)
  6. Joe Kuether – 1,262.82 (-)
  7. Olivier Busquet – 1,175.43 (+2)
  8. Mike McDonald – 1,165.10 (+3)
  9. Aaron Massey – 1,159.06 (+3)
  10. Joe McKeehen – 1,150.48 (-)
  11. Scott Seiver – 1,136.04 (-3)
  12. David Peters – 1,139.33 (-5)
  13. Will Failla – 1,103.54 (+4)
  14. Paul Volpe – 1,096.77 (-)
  15. Jeff Madsen – 1,071.28 (-)
  16. Jake Schindler – 1,069.09 (-)
  17. Mukul Pahuja – 1,065.60 (-4)
  18. Ami Barer – 1,051.78 (+1)
  19. Keven Stammen – 1,022.13 (+1)
  20. Jason Mercier – 1,006.66 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Philipp Gruissem (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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