Brandon Shack-Harris Improves, James Calderaro Tops Triple-A Ranks

Brandon Shack-Harris final tabled a WSOP APAC event and was the only player to move up in the top 20. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Brandon Shack-Harris final tabled a WSOP APAC event and was the only player to move up in the top 20. (Photo by Drew Amato)

The World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific reached the halfway point and so far it’s been mostly an all Australian affair in bracelet events. Dan Colman sits securely in the lead and opted not to travel to Melbourne to play the WPT Alpha8 London event. Dan Smith and Mike Leah pose the biggest threat to Colman’s lead despite not gaining any ground and Brandon Shack-Harris was the only player in the top 20 to improve his standing.

Shack-Harris lost the lead for WSOP Player of the Year to George Danzer only to take it right back after a final table run and Jason Mercier picked up a small score that upped his POY point total but didn’t translate into moving up the ranks.

Colman’s amazing year continued with another high roller win – this time for $961,723. He took down the 23-entrant field at WPT Alpha8 London but didn’t earn any POY points as the event needed 36 players to qualify. His win pushed his yearly earnings past the $22 million mark in 2014. Colman has a couple options he’s likely to play should he stay in London to further his lead – the £4,250 EPT Main Event and the £10,300 Single Entry High Roller.

Shack-Harris took a break from live tournaments since the conclusion of the WSOP in Las Vegas, returned to the felt in Melbourne and recorded two cashes in five events so far. He first finished in 53rd place in the Accumulator event for $2,0634 and four POY points. Then he turned in a final table run in the Terminator event where he finished in sixth place for 39.60 POY points and $10,050.

Mercier stayed close to home and cashed in 22nd place in the Seminole Coco Poker Open for $7,000 and 18.20 POY points. Mercier is expected to travel to London for the EPT event that begins on October 12.

Overall 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (As of October 8)

  1. Dan Colman – 1,377.70 (-)
  2. Dan Smith – 949.35 (-)
  3. Mike Leah – 944.64 (-)
  4. Ole Schemion – 816.59 (-)
  5. George Danzer – 797.35 (-)
  6. Jake Schindler – 794.85 (-)
  7. Mustapha Kanit – 790.48 (-)
  8. Joe McKeehen – 768.22 (-)
  9. Doug Polk – 757.75 (-)
  10. Mike McDonald – 750.78 (-)
  11. Ami Barer – 746.21 (-)
  12. Joe Kuether – 733.91 (-)
  13. Dominik Panka – 720.59 (-)
  14. Brandon Shack-Harris – 716.50 (+3)
  15. Davidi Kitai – 715.85 (-1)
  16. Keven Stammen – 693.55 (-1)
  17. Alex Bilokur – 692.00 (-1)
  18. Jason Mercier – 679.75 (-)
  19. Jeff Madsen – 663.16 (-)
  20. Mukul Pahuja – 647.40 (-)

Dropped from Rankings: None

James Calderaro leads the Overall Triple-A rankings  and the North American standings mostly through his success on the World Poker Tour this year. Toby Lewis leads the European standings and Jiajun Liu has control over the Australasian standings due to winning the PokerStars APPT Macau event.

Calderaro’s 2014 began with a nominal cash in the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open and less than a month later he won the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open for $271,103 and 196 POY points. Then in March he bubbled the final table at the WPT Rolling Thunder event in tenth place for 29.40 POY points. A week later he made his second WPT final table at the WPT Jacksonville bestbet Open and finished runner-up for $133,764 and 117.60 POY points. He had one other Triple-A result – a 76th place finish in the Seminole Hard Rock Showdown for $10,668 and 32.20 POY points.

Simon Deadman sits second in the overall rankings but doesn’t appear in any of the top five of the regions. He finished runner-up at the EPT Deauville High Roller event in January for 127.40 POY points and $115,289. He had one other qualifying score – a win at the Hollywood Poker Open Championship in June for $351,097 and 208 POY points.

Lewis tops the European region from four cashes across Europe. He cashed in two EPT Grand Final events – the France Poker Series High Roller for 69.16 POY points and a preliminary No Limit Hold’em event for 67.76 POY points. Then in August he took fourth place in an EPT Barcelona event for $75,882 and 80.08 POY points. His most recent cash came at the partypoker WPT Merit Classic where he finished in fourth place for $102,820 and 92.40 POY points.

Liu leads the Australasian standings from a single result – he won APPT Macau in May and played sparingly since. Martin Kozlov used a pair of cashes to land in third place. He won the Sydney Championships Main Event for $158,728 and 156 POY points and then took fourth place in Event #2 at WSOP APAC for $31,017 and 58.08 POY points.

Overall BLUFF Triple-A POY

  1. James Calderaro – 403.20
  2. Simon Deadman – 335.40
  3. Eric Afriat – 322.00
  4. Toby Lewis – 309.40
  5. Martin Godsk Stausholm – 286.12

BLUFF North American Triple-A POY

  1. James Calderaro – 403.20
  2. Eric Afriat – 322.00
  3. Mukul Pahuja – 286.44
  4. Darren Elias – 280.00
  5. Robert Merulla – 280.00

BLUFF European Triple-A POY

  1. Toby Lewis – 309.40
  2. Anton Wigg – 252.20
  3. Andea Dato – 245.08
  4. Henrik Hecklen – 234.00
  5. Alex Lakhov – 226.20

BLUFF Australasian Triple-A POY

  1. Jiajun Liu – 196.00
  2. Soo jo Kim – 172.40
  3. Martin Kozlov – 156.00
  4. Feng Zhao – 156.00
  5. Franco Cultieri – 152.80
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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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