Dan Smith Takes Over Top Spot in Power Rankings After Yet Another €5K EPT Win

Dan Smith won a €5,000 side event on the EPT. He also took the lead in the BLUFF Power Rankings. In other news, grass is green and water is wet. (Photo c/o Tomas Stacha / PokerStars Blog)

Dan Smith won a €5,000 side event on the EPT. He also took the lead in the BLUFF Power Rankings. In other news, grass is green and water is wet. (Photo c/o Tomas Stacha / PokerStars Blog)

Quite a few players among the top spots in the BLUFF Power Rankings found success in Monte Carlo over the last couple of weeks, but one seemingly predictable outcome led to a familiar result.

Dan Smith has had tremendous success on the European Poker Tour over the last few years, and he’s most notably had a seemingly impossibly good record in €5,000 events in particular. It should come as little surprise, then, that he won his fifth EPT €5,000 side title at the EPT Grand Final over the last week and subsequently regained a distinction he’s had on numerous occasions in that stretch – the top spot in the Power Rankings.

Smith jumped five spots with that win and an eighth place finish in the €25,000 High Roller, and he’s one of nine players who moved in the right direction this week. Scott Seiver cracked the top five after a tremendous couple of weeks in Monte Carlo, where he cashed in all three EPT Grand Final High Rollers, made three final tables and won a €5,000 PLO event.

Ole Schemion has had a tough time of things in the BLUFF Power Rankings of late, but he made a strong recovery after making the final table of the EPT Grand Final Main Event. The reigning EPT Player of the Year settled for sixth, but it was a welcome result for Schemion, who hadn’t cashed in a tournament since late January.

Martin Jacobson managed to grab the most significant result since his WSOP Main Event win in November, taking 10th in the €25,000 EPT Grand Final High Roller to rise two spots to 11th. Mustapha Kanit is right behind him after moving up three spots to 12th, following a win in that tournament and a deep run in the EPT Grand Final Main Event.

A runner-up finish in the €100,000 Super High Roller wasn’t enough for Dzmitry Urbanovich in Monte Carlo, so he made a deep run in the Main Event and took third in a turbo €10,000 event to close out the series. Urbanovich, who currently leads the 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year race, cracked the top 20 almost entirely on the strength of 2015 alone.

Daniel Negreanu, on the other hand, is going the other direction. He’s played a limited slate of live events of late, but he hasn’t cashed in a tournament since the LAPC Main Event in early March. With that long a window without a result, Negreanu fell just outside the top 20 for the first time in quite a while this week. With the WSOP right around the corner, however, it seems a safe bet that we haven’t seen the last of him.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of May 11)

  1. Dan Smith – 1,450.52 (+5)
  2. Mike Leah – 1,434.75 (-1)
  3. Joe Kuether – 1,381.29 (-1)
  4. David Peters – 1,325.15 (-1)
  5. Scott Seiver – 1,307.15 (+2)
  6. Dan Colman – 1,277.65 (-1)
  7. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,273.94 (-3)
  8. Ole Schemion – 1,212.32 (+3)
  9. Stephen Chidwick – 1,198.12 (-1)
  10. Erik Seidel – 1,124.25 (-)
  11. Martin Jacobson – 1,110.86 (+2)
  12. Mustapha Kanit – 1,103.79 (+3)
  13. Steve O’Dwyer – 1,101.40 (-4)
  14. Davidi Kitai – 1,094.61 (-2)
  15. Aaron Massey – 1.072.12 (+1)
  16. Dzmitry Urbanovich – 1,063.71 (NR)
  17. Ari Engel – 1,048.03 (+1)
  18. Jason Mercier – 1.043.98 (-1)
  19. Anthony Zinno – 1,037.91 (+1)
  20. Brian Yoon – 1,012.80 (-1)

Dropped from Rankings: Daniel Negreanu (14th)

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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