Dan Smith Takes Over Lead, Dan Colman, Mike Leah & Aaron Massey Return

Dan Smith took over the top spot in the Power Rankings. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart / PokerStars Blog)

Dan Smith took over the top spot in the Power Rankings. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart / PokerStars Blog)

German wunderkind Ole Schemion held the lead in the BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings for a couple of months after taking over the top spot from Daniel Negreanu during the 2014 World Series of Poker. But now Dan Smith is the new king of the mountain after three cashes at EPT Barcelona.

Daniel Colman dropped off the Power Rankings for a week but returned with a huge leap to fifth place overall. Colman was joined Mike Leah and Aaron Massey as the only players returning to the top 20.

Smith has been on fire in 2014 stringing together 14 cashes,  seven final tables and three wins in live events. Smith earned $2.3 million across his three wins alone and totals $3.15 million with just eight full months in the books for 2014. Smith traveled to EPT Barcelona, cashed three times and won a preliminary No Limit Hold’em event outright. He finished in 40th place in the High Roller and took fifth place in a Six Max Turbo event. He picked up 259.6 POY points in Barcelona alone to take the top spot in the Power Rankings.

Much has been written about Colman’s year so far – he is the current Overall leader in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race, leads the High Roller standings by a significant margin, leads the Overall European standings and is third in North America’s Elite standings. Colman finished runner-up at the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller event and ten days later he won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event for another seven-figure score and 357 POY points. He has been so dominant that he has cleared $21 million in earnings, and if the Big One for One Drop cash is left out of the equation, he averaged $712,612 per cash and made over $5 million.

Leah returned to the top 20 after finishing runner-up to Colman in the SHRPO Main Event. Leah earned $1,047,638 and 249.90 POY points for his efforts in Florida. Leah has four tournament wins in 2014 alone – he won back-to-back WSOP Circuit rings in March at the Bicycle Casino stop, he won the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event for $108,630 and started his year off with a win at the PCA in a Turbo event for $119,770.

Massey worked his way back into the Power Rankings with two strong finishes in the past month. He won the Heartland Poker Tour event in East Chicago for $177,502 and 165 POY points. He left his hometown to travel to the Borgata in Atlantic City for the Borgata Poker Open series and finished runner-up in a huge $2 million guarantee event for $219,208 and 98 POY points.

Negreanu and Schemion dipped in the rankings as a result of a few results timing out and losing their value. Negreanu lost value from his runner-up finish in the EPT Barcelona High Roller in 2013 and Schemion lost value from a trio of results at the same Barcelona stop.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of September 8, 2014)

  1. Dan Smith – 1,509.86 (+1)
  2. Daniel Negreanu – 1,465.01 (+1)
  3. Ole Schemion – 1,444.44 (-2)
  4. Joe Kuether – 1,401.03 (-)
  5. Daniel Colman – 1,377.70 (NR)
  6. Mike Leah – 1,265.17 (NR)
  7. Philipp Gruissem – 1,249.90 (-2)
  8. Joseph McKeehen – 1,235.41 (-2)
  9. Scott Seiver – 1,226.70 (-2)
  10. Mike McDonald – 1,203.74 (-2)
  11. Keven Stammen – 1,196.46 (-2)
  12. David Peters – 1,167.41 (-2)
  13. Mukul Pahuja – 1,120.23 (-1)
  14. Jason Mercier – 1,111.59 (-)
  15. Paul Volpe – 1,105.02 (-)
  16. Will Failla – 1,098.97 (-5)
  17. Jake Schindler – 1,096.49 (-4)
  18. Matt Salsberg – 1,088.15 (+2)
  19. Vanessa Selbst – 1,086.86 (-3)
  20. Aaron Massey – 1,061.60 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Ami Barer (17th), Mike Watson (18th), Martin Finger (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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