Joe Kuether Rocketed Up POY Standings with $1.7 Million in 2015

Joe Kuether made huge jump of POY rankings in same week he tops Power Rankings. (Photo courtesy of WPT)

Joe Kuether made huge jump of POY rankings in same week he tops Power Rankings. (Photo courtesy of WPT)

Joe Kuether has earned $1.7 million since the turn of the year and this week he jumped 13 spots in the overall 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year standings to land at fifth – and he took over the top spot in the BLUFF Power Rankings.

Nick Petrangelo was the only other player to improve his standing during a week that finds the poker world between major events and major results on the way. Absent are the names you’d expect to see like Dan Colman, Ole Schemion and Daniel Negreanu and players like Jose Montes, Kevin Schultz and Manny Stavropoulos.

Keuther began his year with the largest cash of his career with a $1.05 million payday after negotiating a seemingly impossible deal heads up during the PCA High Roller. He earned just shy of 200 POY points while Ilkin Garibli (winner) took home $1.1 million and 282 POY points.

Kuether finished out January with a trip to the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, where he final tabled a Bounty event and then followed the WPT south to the Lucky Hearts Poker Open. He picked a minor cash of $2,881 and 6.5 POY points.

Kuether then drove an hour north to West Palm Beach for the WSOP Circuit event and cashed three times for total of $16,180 and 53.8 POY points. Then he made his way to Las Vegas for the Venetian DSE Main Event and he finished runner-up for $109,877 and 115.5 POY points.

Petrangelo isn’t a household name among the poker community just yet – but his results from the 2015 PCA show real promise. He took down a $5,300 Turbo event for $113,853 and 187 POY times, then he final tabled the High Roller for sixth place, $310,500 and 93.06 POY points.

Most recently Petrangelo took fourth place in a WPT Fallsview preliminary event for $71,466 and 84.48 POY points. In the last week he traveled to the LAPC for the Bobby Hoff Commemorative tournament and took eighth place for $17,200 and 40.80 POY points.

2015 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (As of March 4)

  1. Tom Marchese – 470.00 (-)
  2. Jose Montes – 420.75 (-)
  3. Nick Petrangelo – 412.50 (+1)
  4. Scott Seiver – 402.16 (-1)
  5. Joe Kuether – 381.10 (+13)
  6. Kevin Schulz – 360.00 (-1)
  7. Alexander Trevallion – 331.60 (-1)
  8. Steve O’Dwyer- 329.86 (-1)
  9. Manny Stavropoulos – 296.00 (-1)
  10. Brian Altman – 287.20 (-1)
  11. Marc Etienne McLaughlin – 287.00 (-1)
  12. Ognayan Dimov – 284.20 (-1)
  13. Aaron Mermelstein – 282.53 (-1)
  14. Ilkin Garibli – 282.00 (-1)
  15. Phil Ivey – 279.60 (-1)
  16. Paul Volpe – 277.80 (-1)
  17. Bryn Kenney – 277.38 (-1)
  18. Josh Kay – 266.00 (-1)
  19. Anthony Gregg – 264.60 (-)
  20. Roger Sippl – 252.55 (-)

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 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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