Daniel Colman On Pace for Record Year, Ami Barer Jumps Nine Spots

Ami Barer had the largest movement in the POY standings.

Ami Barer had the largest movement in the POY standings.

Daniel Colman is on pace for a record-setting year and leads the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year standings. As of Wednesday afternoon, Colman has a seat at final table of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open and is guaranteed a minimum of 117.1 POY points and could earn 357 points for winning the event.

Colman sits 365 points shy of the all-time mark set by Sorel Mizzi in 2010 with 1,385.08, but Mizzi had 26 cashes count towards his total based on the previous POY scoring system.

George Danzer, Dominik Panka and Keven Stammen improved their standing but Ami Barer turned heads by climbing nine spots in one week. Jason Mercier and Davidi Kitai returned to the top 20 after a profitable trip to EPT Barcelona.

Colman came from out of the online shadows in 2014 and crushed live tournaments. He already has six final tables, two wins and and a staggering $19.6 million in winnings on the year – even if you remove his Big One for One Drop win he still earned $4.3 million in seven different events. Colman enters the busiest part of the year with at least five more high roller events he could play, is on one of the biggest heaters in recent memory and could put the POY race on ice.

Barer jumped nine spots from a single cash at EPT Barcelona to land inside the top ten. He finished in fourth place for $365,541 and 114.40 POY points in the High Roller event. Barer has cashed ten times on the year – seven of them were for at least five-figures. His largest cash came in the Aussie Millions Main Event, winning it for $1.4 million.

Danzer, Mercier, Kitai and Panka all climbed the standings from results from EPT Barcelona. Mercier and Danzer both cashed in the High Roller, Panka missed out on the final table of the Main Event with an 11th place finish and Kitai cashed in the Main Event and a Six Max Turbo event.

Stammen came close to back-to-back World Poker Tour wins as he won the season-ending WPT World Championship in April for $1.35 million. Season XIII of the WPT kicked off at the Bicycle Casino for the Legends of Poker event. Stammen ran deep in the 593-entrant event with an eighth place finish for 50.4 POY points and $45,310.

2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (As of September 3)

  1. Daniel Colman – 1,020.70 (-)
  2. Dan Smith – 949.35 (-)
  3. Ole Schemion – 816.59 (-)
  4. George Danzer – 797.15 (+2)
  5. Jake Schindler – 794.85 (-1)
  6. Mustapha Kanit – 790.48 (-1)
  7. Joseph McKeehen – 768.22 (-)
  8. Mike McDonald – 750.78 (-)
  9. Ami Barer – 746.21 (+9)
  10. Dominik Panka – 720.59 (+3)
  11. Mike Leah – 708.24 (-2)
  12. Doug Polk – 704.20 (-2)
  13. Keven Stammen – 693.55 (+1)
  14. Alex Bilokur – 692.00 (-3)
  15. Brandon Shack-Harris – 672.90 (-3)
  16. Jason Mercier – 663.10 (NR)
  17. Scott Seiver – 643.88 (+4)
  18. Davidi Kitai – 639.85 (NR)
  19. Jeff Madsen – 639.29 (-4)
  20. Daniel Negreanu – 637.19 (-4)

Dropped from Rankings: Mukul Pahuja (17th), Simon Deadman (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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