Davidi Kitai and George Danzer Climb the Charts for BLUFF POY

George Danzer's second career tournament victory earned him a WSOP bracelet and almost $300,000. (Drew Amato photo

George Danzer’s second career tournament victory earned him a WSOP bracelet and almost $300,000. (Drew Amato photo

As the second week of the 2014 World Series of Poker continues, the new standings for the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year were released, with three new names in the top 20. Davidi Kitai, George Danzer, and Alexander Condon all made a new appearance on the list, but unable to surpass the withstanding top three players, Mike McDonald, Dominik Panka and Keven Stammen.

Last week’s new arrivals to the list, Vanessa Selbst, fresh off her win in the $25,000 Mixed Max, along with Simon Deadman and Justin Bonomo, have all outlasted the week and remain in the top 20.

Davidi Kitai made the largest jump onto the list, surpassing at least 16 other players to make the list in 4th place right under Keven Stammen. Kitai won his third bracelet on Sunday afternoon in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max event. The Belgian earned his first bracelet in 2008 in the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event and captured his second bracelet last year in the $5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event. Kitai’s most recent win earned him $508,640, doubling each of his previous wins.

With this third win, Kitai has become the first European to win three bracelets and the third non-American to defeat this task. He is also one of just five people to have earned poker’s triple crown – a World Poker Tour, an European Poker Tour, and a WSOP title.

Mike Leah, still in Event #25 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo and the current chip leader, is looking to stay on the list, and has a chance to pass a few people by the time next week rolls around. “I don’t think about it too much during the WSOP, all I’m focused on is trying to get my first bracelet. Today should be a really long day. There are a lot really good players left; just have to keep focused and play my best. I think I have a good shot.”

“My biggest thing in the summer is just to focus on the event that I’m playing because there are so many great events coming up, its hard to stay in the moment. I’m trying to just focus on today and see what’s next. The $50K is one event though that is definitely on my mind that I’ve been looking forward to playing.”

Another European also made a splash on the list as George Danzer jumped his way into 14th place. Danzer had defeated Brandon Shack-Harris four days ago, denying Shack-Harris the first double bracelet for the summer, and instead collecting his first WSOP win. Germany’s Danzer has been visiting the WSOP every summer for years, and was finally able to hold that shiny gold bracelet for himself, as he won the $10,000 Razz event. Danzer has had a successful summer so far, also cashing in the Limit Deuce to Seven (5th) and the Omaha Eight or Better (39th).

The last new addition to the list, hanging on by a thread in 20th place currently is Alexander Condon. Without a bracelet to his name, Condon has been hanging out right below the top 20 for the last several weeks. This last week, however, Condon was able to cash in the $1,500 NLHE, finishing in 32nd for $12,390 and earning himself 39.60 points; this allowed him to jump over the bottom three players from last week (Calderaro, Mckeehen,and Price) and work his way into the top 20. Condon has cashed in some big events already this year, cashing in 35th in the Borgata Spring Poker Open for $30,085 and also the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza II for $20,361.

Joe Kuether was also at the Rio on Thursday, playing the $1,500 HORSE in the Brasilia Room. Kuether shares his thoughts on his POY rankings: “The summer started off pretty bad, I think I was like 0/10. Then I cashed three tournaments in a row; I got 17th in the turbo $1K, but I had been the chip lead with like 20 left, so it was kind of a disappointment. All in all, I can’t complain. There is still a lot to go. I’m playing a lot of the small mixed events which are a lot of fun and a lot of players. I’m playing pretty much every day so maybe a couple more deep runs. We will see.”

Mustapha Kanit was the biggest mover already on the list, moving up five places after his 5th place cash in Event #19 NLH, where he earned $117,079, enabling him to surpass last weeks highest jumper Vanessa Selbst, along with Ole Schemion and Mukul Pahuja. Kanit had two large cashes early in the year, getting 4th in the NLHE High Roller Eight Max for $492,600 along with winning Event #1 NLHE for $196,000. Several players dropped at least four positions, including Eric Blair, James Carroll and Alex Bilokur.

2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of June 12)

  1. Mike McDonald – 690.88 (-)
  2. Dominik Panka – 667.04 (-)
  3. Keven Stammen – 631.10 (-)
  4. Davidi Kitai – 583.75 (NR)
  5. Mustapha Kanit – 574.00 (+5)
  6. Vanessa Selbst – 572.90 (-2)
  7. Ole Schemion – 554.74 (-2)
  8. Mukul Pahuja -525.90 (-)
  9. Ami Barer – 509.53 (-3)
  10. Joe Kuether – 504.60 (+4)
  11. Eric Blair – 504.43 (-4)
  12. Mike Leah – 487.87 (-)
  13. James Carroll – 484.10 (-4)
  14. George Danzer – 474.40 (NR)
  15. Alex Bilokur – 471.10 (-4)
  16. Byron Kaverman – 461.36 (-3)
  17. Eugene Katchalov – 417.08 (-2)
  18. Justin Bonomo – 416.35 (-)
  19. Simon Deadman – 413.65 (-3)
  20. Alexander Condon – 404.44 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: James Calderaro (18th), Joseph Mckeehen (19th), Oliver Price (20th)

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