On January 4, 2013, Daniel Negreanu posted a blog that laid out all of his poker goals for the year – including hopes of winning over $1.5 million, getting his fifth World Series of Poker bracelet and finishing in the top 10 in the BLUFF Player of the Year race. One year later he stands victorious as the 2013 BLUFF Player of the Year, having smashed those lofty goals to pieces.
Negreanu topped the 2013 BLUFF POY race with a year that stands out in a career that’s already destined for the Poker Hall of Fame, for which he becomes eligible in 2014. He had almost $3.2 million in tournament earnings, won his fifth and sixth career WSOP bracelets, and made final tables on nearly every major tour under the sun. After taking the lead in early September, Negreanu didn’t relinquish the lead for the rest of the year.
It was a race that started in earnest, as it always does, at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Dimitar Danchev left Atlantis with the early POY lead by virtue of his Main Event victory, but he would only hold that lead for a month. Paul Volpe would burst onto the scene in late February and early March by making back-to-back final tables on the World Poker Tour.
After finishing second at the LA Poker Classic and third at Bay 101, Volpe extended his lead with a fourth place finish in the EPT London High Roller. That, along with cashes at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown and various events at EPT Berlin and the EPT Grand Final, allowed Volpe to carry his lead into the start of the 2013 WSOP.
It was during that stretch that Negreanu first became a factor in the 2013 BLUFF POY race by winning the first ever WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event, which happened to be his first qualifying cash of the year. He drew closer to Volpe and the top of the race by making the final table of the EPT Grand Final Main Event, where he finished fourth, and bubbling the televised final table of the WPT Five Star World Poker Classic in a matter of weeks.
Negreanu was a man with purpose going into the WSOP in Vegas, and made numerous deep runs throughout the summer. He was narrowly denied his sixth bracelet after finishing second to Eli Elezra in the $2,500 Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw event, and he’d also be second in the BLUFF POY race as the summer came to a close. After a number of results at the PCA, Aussie Millions and the EPT Grand Final, Mike Watson earned five top 10 finishes at the 2013 WSOP, including two final tables, to claim the top spot going into August.
It would all come together for Negreanu at EPT Barcelona. After famously dusting off his stack in the €10,000 High Roller in protest of the first card off the deck rule, Negreanu used his single re-entry to its fullest and ultimately finished second. That result would put Negreanu in the drivers seat and could have been enough on its own to give him the crown (two players ultimately would have scored higher), but there’d be one more bit of magic for Kid Poker.
With the WSOP POY race hanging in the balance, Negreanu clinched the award in the final eligible tournament of the year by making the final table of the €25,000 High Roller at WSOP Europe. As if that wasn’t enough, Negreanu would go on to win the tournament and just under $1 million, simultaneously securing himself his sixth WSOP bracelet, WSOP POY honors and all but guaranteeing himself BLUFF POY honors.
There were late pushes from Philipp Gruissem, who won back-to-back Alpha8 events, and David Peters, who won a side event at EPT Prague to put some pressure on Negreanu. In the end, though, the gap was simply to great to close in December.
- Ole Schemion finished fifth in the 2013 BLUFF POY race, giving the young German his second consecutive Top 10 finish. The majority of those results came before his 21st birthday, which happened in October.
- 2012 BLUFF Player of the Year Marvin Rettenmaier finished in the top 20 for the third consecutive year. His last three finishes in the BLUFF POY race are 20th, 1st and 7th.
- Will Failla has three consecutive top 25 finishes in the BLUFF POY race, with his 13th place finish in this race standing as his best result. He also finished 16th in 2012 and 22nd in 2011.
- Vanessa Selbst is one of the most consistent poker players of all. She’s the only player to finish in the top 30 in the BLUFF POY race in each of the last four years, including two top-five finishes (2013 – 4th; 2012 – 19th; 2011 – 30th; 2010 – 5th)
2013 BLUFF Player of the Year – Final Standings
- Daniel Negreanu – 1,274.66
- Philipp Gruissem – 1,063.65
- David Peters – 1,052.31
- Vanessa Selbst – 933.30
- Ole Schemion – 894.93
- Scott Seiver – 878.86
- Mike Watson – 861.32
- Ryan Riess – 856.84
- Martin Finger – 855.75
- Noah Schwartz – 804.78
- Paul Volpe – 787.07
- Roger Hairabedian – 780.10
- Will Failla – 769.32
- Joe Kuether – 767.35
- Steve O’Dwyer – 767.32
- Jan Bendik – 759.65
- Blair Hinkle – 750.97
- Thomas Muhlocker – 750.94
- Jared Jaffee – 742.05
- Marvin Rettenmaier – 739.45
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