With the month April officially in the record books, it’s time to look forward to May and the busiest time of year in poker. The World Poker Tour just wrapped up its championship event, the EPT Grand Final festival is underway and the World Series of Poker is just a few short weeks away.
Big changes are certainly in store for the 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year race, but there was already some rumbling going on as April came to a close. While Anthony Zinno and Dzmitry Urbanovich held steady at the top of the standings, perennial contender Joe Kuether continued his steady climb towards the top after a big week at the Borgata.
Kuether made a deep run in the $1 Million Guaranteed Spring Poker Open Championship, where he finished sixth, and that earned him enough points to jump a spot for the second consecutive week, into sixth. He followed that up by winning another prelim in the lead-up to the WPT Championship, and although it missed out on the minimum field size to qualify for points it’s another in a long line of accomplishments for the well-traveled Kuether.
Dan Heimiller also had himself a strong month in April, with a Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza prelim win and Main Event cash to start things off. Heimiller’s latest big run fell just shy of another WPT final table appearance, but an eighth place finish in the $5 Million Guaranteed WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event earned Heimiller a cool $123,000 and a newly-found spot among the top contenders in the 2015 BLUFF POY race.
Heimiller cracked the POY top 20 with a debut in 17th, but he isn’t the only player to do so this week. Almost exclusively on the strength of winning the WPT SHRPS Main Event title and $1 million, Griffin Paul slipped into the number 19 spot in the standings.
Marc Etienne McLaughlin and Sorel Mizzi fell out of the top 20 to accommodate Heimiller and Paul, but they’re not even on the top 20 ‘bubble’ at the moment as Aaron Mermelstein leapfrogged the both of them this week as well. Mermelstein continued an incredible year at the Borgata so far, which includes a WPT Borgata WPO title, with a fifth place finish in a $100,000 guaranteed prelim over the last week.
2015 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of May 1)
- Anthony Zinno – 636.90 (-)
- Dzmitry Urbanovich – 605.13 (-)
- Nick Petrangelo – 601.74 (-)
- Steve O’Dwyer – 561.56 (-)
- Taylor Paur – 524.14 (-)
- Joe Kuether – 503.68 (+1)
- Tom Marchese – 470.00 (-1)
- Scott Seiver – 432.16 (-)
- Jose Montes – 427.25 (-)
- Atanas Kavrakov – 422.59 (-)
- Ivan Luca – 420.20 (-)
- Stephen Chidwick – 417.88 (-)
- Yuguang Li – 411.75 (-)
- Jean Montury – 406.32 (-)
- Andreas Samuelsson – 373.00 (-)
- Kevin Schulz – 360.00 (-)
- Dan Heimiller – 354.24 (NR)
- Pratyush Buddiga – 353.80 (-1)
- Griffin Paul – 337.17 (NR)
- Alexander Trevallion – 331.60 (-2)
Dropped from Rankings: Marc Etienne McLaughlin (19th), Sorel Mizzi (20th)
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