Jeff Madsen Climbs Four Spots in BLUFF Power Rankings

Jeff Madsen has 26 times in 2014 alone and is working up the Power Rankings.

Jeff Madsen has 26 times in 2014 alone and is working up the Power Rankings.

The BLUFF Power Rankings have reached the point in the calendar where players fall off the rankings and new players climb due to the busy tournament schedule. Dan Colman and Keven Stammen moved up in the top ten while Jeff Madsen climbed the most spots, moving from 20th to 16th.

Dan Smith and Daniel Negreanu lost a few points off their totals but did not move down the rankings. Jason Mercier was the largest victim of some scores losing value and fell to 19th place.

Colman’s move up to fourth place came at the expense of Joe Kuether losing value from a pair of cashes at the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe. Kuether finished 16th in the €10,000 Mixed Max  event and 24th in the €10,000 Main Event. All of Colman’s qualifying cashes have come in 2014 and that is why his Power Rankings score is the same as his point total in the Overall Player of the Year standings.

Stammen improved to eighth place mirroring Colman’s situation – with Mike McDonald losing value from an 11th place finish at the 2012 WSOPE 1,500 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha event. McDonald is scheduled to fall further next week after his fourth place finish in the 2013 EPT Barcelona Super High Roller losses half its value.

Madsen is not in any immediate danger of losing value on a major score so his standing should trend upward should he continue the heater he has been on in 2014. Madsen added 57.45 POY points to his total in the last month following a cash at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open and then an eighth place finish at the Heartland Poker Tour Commerce Main Event for $21,300.

It wasn’t too long ago when Mercier was playing every event in the world he could possibly play, but in early 2014 Mercier had a change in focus in his personal life that led to him traveling less for poker. That said, Mercier still cashed for $2.9 million , final tabled the $10,000 WSOP No Limit Deuce to Seven event, and finished runner-up in the $100,000 Bellagio High Roller. Mercier lost POY points from the 2013 WSOPE where he made two final tables and came close to a third.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of September 29, 2014)

  1. Dan Smith – 1,505.66 (-)
  2. Daniel Negreanu – 1,454.51 (-)
  3. Ole Schemion – 1,444.44 (-)
  4. Dan Colman – 1,377.70 (+1)
  5. Joe Kuether – 1,362.28 (-1)
  6. Mike Leah – 1,265.17 (-)
  7. Scott Seiver – 1,226.70 (-)
  8. Keven Stammen – 1,196.46 (+1)
  9. Mike McDonald – 1,183.58 (-1)
  10. Joe McKeehen – 1,172.28 (-)
  11. Philipp Gruissem – 1,171.15 (-)
  12. David Peters – 1,167.41 (-)
  13. Mukul Pahuja – 1,120.29 (-)
  14. Will Failla – 1,107.35 (-)
  15. Paul Volpe – 1,105.02 (-)
  16. Jeff Madsen – 1,101.67 (+4)
  17. Jake Schindler – 1,096.49 (-)
  18. Vanessa Selbst – 1,082.61 (-)
  19. Jason Mercier – 1,066.94 (-3)
  20. Aaron Massey – 1,057.56 (-1)

Dropped from Rankings: None

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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 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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