Daniel Colman and Ole Schemion Battle for Top Spot in BLUFF POY

Daniel Colman is presented the platinum bracelet for his victory in the 2014 Big One for One Drop. (Drew Amato photo)

Daniel Colman is presented the platinum bracelet for his victory in the 2014 Big One for One Drop. (Drew Amato photo)

The 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race has tightened up to the point where any player in the top 15 has a realistic chance of contending for the title. Daniel Colman and Ole Schemion moved into the top two spots while early POY contender Dominik Panka has slid to 13th place.

Schemion and Jacob Schindler made huge climbs up the rankings with double-digit improvements which landed both players inside the top five spots. Dan Smith found his way into the rankings with a deep World Series of Poker Main Event run and three players returned to the top 20 – Mike Leah, Doug Polk and Mukul Pahuja.

Colman debuted in fourth place in the previous rankings, but moved up to the top spot after finding success in high roller events. He first got on the board in April when he won the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller for 250 POY points, then his WSOP saw him take third place in the $10,000 Heads-up event for 103.40 POY points.

Then Colman set the poker world on fire after taking down the second $1 million Big One for One Drop event for $15 million and 250 POY points. Colman shunned the spotlight and cameras after his win and as the 2014 WSOP was winding down he played in the Aria $100,000 event. He finished in third place behind Schemion and Isaac Haxton for 125 POY points and almost $800,000.

Schemion was tapped by many to have a breakout WSOP performance, but that didn’t happen for the young German high roller. He did travel to Vegas to play a few bracelet events but didn’t register a single cash at the Rio. However, Schemion played down the street at the Aria and took down the formerly mention $100,000 event at the Aria. He added another seven-figure score to his career totals and 250 POY points with his win. Schemion could take over the top spot should he continue to find success in EPT, Alpah8 and World Poker Tour events later this year.

Schindler is far from a household name in poker but he earned $2.26 million of his $2.7 million in career earnings in 2014. The online high stakes player began his year by besting 2013 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Merson in the PCA $25,000 High Roller event. He earned $1.1 million and 282 POY points. He cashed four times at the 2014 WSOP; including a third place finish in a $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event for 133 POY points and $212,373.

Then in July, Schindler took third place in a Bellagio $100,000 event for $549,450 and 125 POY points.  A week later he took third place again, but in the Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza Main Event for $169,857 and 110.50 POY points. The final table featured Paul Volpe, Justin Young, Ami Barer, Kevin MacPhee and Tommy Vedes.

Smith has had a career year in 2014 – and he finished runner-up for the 2012 BLUFF POY race. He began his year with three PCA cashes, then went to the Aussie Million and finished second in a $25,000 event and then cashed at the 2014 WSOP five times – most notably a 20th place finish in the Main Event. Smith picked up two wins in High Roller events during the summer – the first was a $10,000 event at the Bellagio and then a few weeks later he won a $100,000 event at Bellagio also.

2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of July24)

  1. Daniel Colman – 845.70 (+3)
  2. Ole Schemion – 812.24 (+15)
  3. George Danzer – 778.85 (-2)
  4. Mustapha Kanit – 777.48 (-2)
  5. Jacob Schindler – 770.45 (+14)
  6. Joseph McKeehen – 764.72 (-3)
  7. Dan Smith – 716.25 (+5)
  8. Mike McDonald – 715.08 (-3)
  9. Mike Leah – 697.24 (NR)
  10. Alex Bilokur – 692.00 (-4)
  11. Doug Polk – 686.00 (NR)
  12. Brandon Shack-Harris – 672.90 (-3)
  13. Dominik Panka – 667.04 (-6)
  14. Keven Stammen – 659.25 (-6)
  15. Daniel Negreanu – 637.19 (-5)
  16. Mukul Pahuja – 636.40 (NR)
  17. Ami Barer – 631.81 (-1)
  18. Simon Deadman – 618.65 (-7)
  19. Davidi Kitai – 595.65 (-6)
  20. Byron Kaverman – 595.56 (-2)

Dropped from Rankings: Vanessa Selbst (14th), Calvin Anderson (15th), Eric Blair (20th)

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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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