Jeff Madsen and Mukul Pahuja Rejoin Top 20 After Brief Departures

The second half of his WPT Season XII POY campaign accounts for most of his 2014 POY points, but Mukul Pahuja added to his total by grabbing his first cash of Season XIII in the Borgata Poker Open. (Photo c/o World Poker Tour)

The second half of his WPT Season XII POY campaign accounts for most of his 2014 POY points, but Mukul Pahuja added to his total by grabbing his first cash of Season XIII in the Borgata Poker Open. (Photo c/o World Poker Tour)

Dan Colman isn’t going anywhere any time soon in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race, but things are far more fluid a little bit lower down the list. Anyone in the bottom half of the top 20 could rocket into contention with a major win, but they needed to accumulate enough points beforehand to make that possible.

Things remain the same this week for top 18 players in the standings, but Jeff Madsen slides in at the number 19 spot. After throwing up an 0-for at the Borgata Madsen headed back west to play the Commerce Poker Series’ HPT Main Event. With an HPT title at the Commerce already to his credit in 2014, Madsen looked poised to make it a double before his tournament was cut short in eighth place. His 26th cash of the year made the cut as one of his best 10 of 2014, adding enough points to Madsen’s overall score to allow him to re-enter the top 20.

Madsen’s been yo-yoing in and out of this list quite a bit over the last month, but Mukul Pahuja’s a slightly different story. After spending the majority of the year in the BLUFF POY top 20 thanks in large part to the second half of his WPT Season XII Player of the Year campaign, Pahuja spent two weeks on the outside looking in.

Pahuja picked up his first cash of Season XIII on the WPT at the Borgata Poker Open, and while a 104th place finish isn’t likely what he had in mind it did achieve a certain purpose – it gave him just enough BLUFF POY points to squeeze back into the top 20 in its final position.

The gap between Pahuja and the next two players, however, is beyond razor-thin. Just .17 points separate Pahuja in 20th and Oliver Price in 22nd, with Simon Deadman wedged in between.

2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (As of September 24)

  1. Dan Colman – 1,377.70 (-)
  2. Dan Smith – 949.35 (-)
  3. Mike Leah – 944.64 (-)
  4. Ole Schemion – 816.59 (-)
  5. George Danzer – 797.15 (-)
  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. Davidi Kitai – 715.85 (-)
  15. Keven Stammen – 693.55 (-)
  16. Alex Bilokur – 692.00 (-)
  17. Brandon Shack-Harris – 672.90 (-)
  18. Jason Mercier – 672.55 (-)
  19. Jeff Madsen – 663.16 (NR)
  20. Mukul Pahuja – 647.40 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Simon Deadman (19th), Oliver Price (20th)

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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