George Danzer Takes Top Spot & Calvin Anderson Rides “Okay” Run to Top 10

George Danzer was surprised to be leading the BLUFF POY race. (Photo by Drew Amato)

George Danzer was surprised to be leading the BLUFF POY race. (Photo by Drew Amato)

George Danzer climbed to the top of the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year standings with his amazing World Series of Poker run. He jumped eight spots take the lead away from Mustapha Kanit, but Calvin Anderson was the largest mover by climbing 11 spots to land inside the top ten.

Six WSOP cashes, three final tables and two bracelets – that’s a career many players would hope to achieve, but Danzer calls that a month at the office. His three final tables, all $10,000 events,  were bracelet wins in the Razz and Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo and his fifth place finish was in the Deuce to Seven Triple Draw event. He also finished in ninth in the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event and finished inside the final six tables of the $1,500 Ante Only event.

“I had big expectations of finally winning a bracelet this year but I didn’t think of any Player of the Year or leader board titles,” Danzer said. “I didn’t think I would have a chance at the leader board. It’s the type of thing I really like to chase because I love leader board challenges. I’m going to chase hard – I wouldn’t be playing a ($10,000) Limit Hold’em tournament right now if it weren’t for POY points.”

Anderson moved the most up the rankings over the past week with his first bracelet win in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event and followed that up with a third place finish in the $10,000 championship event of the same discipline for $136,490 and 110 POY points. Anderson’s WSOP heater started with a 14th place finish in the $25,000 Mixed Max event, then he finished in eighth place in the $10,000 HORSE event and most recently he cashed in 31st place in the Dealer’s Choice event.

“I guess I’ve had an okay run,” Anderson said. “If I get close to any Player of the Year on any site or rankings (online and off) I try harder to win. It’s something I like to accomplish, there aren’t any events I particularly go far because they are always really difficult to win. Once I get closer at the end of the year I try really hard.”

Jacob Schindler may not be a household name to the poker public but he has nearly $2 million in career earnings dating back to 2010 with 15 WSOP cashes. He began his year by winning the $25,000 PCA High Roller and then final tabled the Bobby Hoff Commemorative tournament at the LAPC for $31,880 and 64.60 POY points. In the past month at the WSOP he has four cashes and each subsequent cash he finished higher than previous result. In the last week he final tabled the $3,000 NLH event for third place, $212,373 and 133 POY points.

Consistency has been the key for Max Silver finding his way into the top 20 spots. He has cashed six times in less than 20 days and he was close to winning his first WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 Six Max NLH event, but he finished in third place for $273,646 and 120 POY points. He made another deep run in the $10,000 Heads Up event where he collected $26,584 and 34.39 POY points for a 12th place finish.

2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of June 26)

  1. George Danzer – 769.05 (+8)
  2. Mustapha Kanit – 732.10 (-1)
  3. Mike McDonald – 715.08 (-1)
  4. Alex Bilokur – 689.50 (-1)
  5. Dominik Panka – 667.04 (-1)
  6. Keven Stammen – 649.45 (-1)
  7. Davidi Kitai – 595.65 (-1)
  8. Vanessa Selbst – 580.60 (-1)
  9. Calvin Anderson – 578.26 (+11)
  10. Ole Schemion – 554.74 (-2)
  11. Joseph Mckeehen – 539.34 (-1)
  12. Jacob Schindler – 534.95 (NR)
  13. Ami Barer – 533.73 (-2)
  14. Eric Blair – 529.53 (-2)
  15. Mike Leah – 529.49 (-2)
  16. Mukul Pahuja – 525.90 (-2)
  17. Byron Kaverman – 522.56 (-2)
  18. JC Tran – 522.50 (-)
  19. Joe Kuether – 512.40 (-3)
  20. Max Silver – 509.19 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Erwann Pecheux (17th), James Carroll (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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