Daniel Colman Leads POY, Dan Smith Moves to 2nd with EPT Win

Dan Smith won another EPT event in Barcelona. (Photo courtesy of PokerStars)

Dan Smith won another EPT event in Barcelona. (Photo courtesy of PokerStars)

Daniel Colman remains in control of the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race following his runner-up finish in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller which pushed him past the 1,000 point mark. Dan Smith was the biggest mover, jumping five spots to land in second place.

Jeff Madsen was the only new player to crack the top 20 while Jake Schindler and Doug Polk improved their score but did not advance positions.

Colman usually only plays a handful of live events a year but already has eight cashes on the year so far. Most notably, the Big One for One Drop for $15 million, but he still has an average of $51,329 for the buy-ins in his seven other results. He has made five final tables, recorded two wins and finished in third place in the 2014 World Series of Poker $10,000 Heads Up event.

Smith added an 11th win to his record and sits just shy of $8.5 million in career earnings. His 56 cashes and 26 final tables make for some jaw-dropping numbers; when he makes the final table he wins 42% of the time, he wins nearly 20% of every event he has cashes in and 46% of the time he cashes he makes the final table.

Smith’s latest win came in a €2,000 No Limit Hold’em event in EPT Barcelona. He picked up $211,226 and 182 POY points for the win. The final table included Anton Wigg and Toby Lewis while Connor Drinan, Ari Engel and Polk all had deep runs.

Madsen also made his way over to Barcelona for the EPT festival and picked up two cashes. He had a slightly than better min-cash in a €1,000 Single Re-entry event for 8.5 POY points and $2,648. The next day he entered a  €1,500 Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha event and finished in second place for $51,886 and 92.4 POY points.

Madsen’s results in 2014 have been impressive with cashes in six different variants of poker: HORSE, No Limit Hold’em, Eight Game Mix, Omaha Hi-Lo, Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and Pot Limit Omaha. He also picked up cashes in Six Max, Eight Max and full ring NLHE.

Schindler added 23.4 POY points to his score following a 36th place finish in the Estrellas Poker Tour High Roller event that attracted 802 players. Polk added 18.2 POY points from a 24th place finish in the EPT Barcelona event that Smith won.

2014 BLUFF Player of Year Standings (as of August 27)

  1. Daniel Colman – 1,020.70 (-)
  2. Dan Smith – 891.10 (+5)
  3. Ole Schemion – 812.24 (-1)
  4. Jake Schindler – 794.85 (-)
  5. Mustapha Kanit – 789.98 (-2)
  6. George Danzer – 778.85 (-1)
  7. Joseph McKeehen – 768.22 (-1)
  8. Mike McDonald – 715.08 (-)
  9. Mike Leah – 708.24 (-)
  10. Doug Polk – 704.20 (+1)
  11. Alex Bilokur – 692.00 (-1)
  12. Brandon Shack-Harris – 672.90 (-)
  13. Dominik Panka – 667.04 (-)
  14. Keven Stammen – 659.25 (-)
  15. Jeff Madsen – 639.29 (NR)
  16. Daniel Negreanu – 637.19 (-1)
  17. Mukul Pahuja – 636.40 (-1)
  18. Ami Barer – 631.81 (-1)
  19. Simon Deadman – 618.65 (-1)
  20. Scott Seiver – 608.18 (-1)

Dropped from Rankings: Davidi Kitai (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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