Daniel Colman Extends POY Lead With Runner-Up Finish in Barcelona SHR

Daniel Colman is the first player to cross the 1,000 point mark in the 2014 BLUFF POY race, thanks to a runner-up finish in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

Daniel Colman is the first player to cross the 1,000 point mark in the 2014 BLUFF POY race, thanks to a runner-up finish in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

It took exactly one event for Season 11 of the European Poker Tour to have a huge impact on the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race. Daniel Colman may have missed out on back-to-back Super High Roller titles in Barcelona, but he didn’t miss by much.

After three days of action Colman found himself heads-up in the EPT Barcelona SHR with his poker mentor, Olivier Busquet. They made a deal that gave each player over $1.1 million, and while Colman eventually found himself on the short end of his match against Busquet he maintained his absolutely unbelievable High Roller record over the last four months. With this second place finish, his win in Monte Carlo and, of course, victory in the $1 million Big One for One Drop, Colman distanced himself from the rest of the pack in the 2014 BLUFF POY race. Colman also finished third in the $100,000 Super High Roller at the Aria for $800,000 and made the semifinals of the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship at the WSOP to boot.

As the first player to clear the 1,000 point mark in 2014, Colman now enjoys a lead of over 200 points over current second-best Ole Schemion. It’s likely that Colman and Schemion will cross paths several times over the next few months on the EPT, but they’re two of a larger contingent of talented young pros wreaking havoc on the High Roller scene and the tournament circuit in general so far in 2014.

Mustapha Kanit could certainly qualify as a member of this group, and he jumps up to to third in the 2014 BLUFF POY race after finishing ninth in the Barcelona SHR. Jake Schindler also moved up a spot with a 10th place finish in Barcelona, earning enough points to jump to fourth. Scott Seiver made it four movers this week who can thank that same tournament, sneaking in at 19th following a fourth place finish.

With just one big tournament on one tour, the 2014 BLUFF POY race has been reignited. The next four months will provide numerous opportunities for players to put up career-defining performances and add to already impressive years, but after Wednesday’s action Colman has thrown down the gauntlet to his competition, leaving far less room for error for those hoping to dethrone him and derail his seemingly inevitable path towards victory.

2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of August 20)

  1. Daniel Colman – 1,020.70 (-)
  2. Ole Schemion – 812.24 (-)
  3. Mustapha Kanit – 789.98 (+1)
  4. Jake Schindler – 782.95 (+1)
  5. George Danzer – 778.85 (-2)
  6. Joe McKeehen – 768.22 (-)
  7. Dan Smith – 716.25 (-)
  8. Mike McDonald – 715.08 (-)
  9. Mike Leah – 708.24 (-)
  10. Alex Bilokur – 692.00 (-)
  11. Doug Polk – 686.00 (-)
  12. Brandon Shack-Harris – 672.90 (-)
  13. Dominik Panka – 667.04 (-)
  14. Keven Stammen – 659.25 (-)
  15. Daniel Negreanu – 637.19 (-)
  16. Mukul Pahuja – 636.40 (-)
  17. Ami Barer – 631.81 (-)
  18. Simon Deadman – 618.65 (-)
  19. Scott Seiver – 608.18 (NR)
  20. Davidi Kitai – 595.65 (-1)

Dropped from Rankings: Byron Kaverman (20th)

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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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