Joe Kuether Takes Over Top Spot, Kaverman & Mercier Crack Top 20

Joe Kuether took over the Power Rankings lead after taking down a Venetian DSE event.

Joe Kuether took over the Power Rankings lead after taking down a Venetian DSE event.

A win in the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza Main Event padded Joe Kuether‘s bankroll by $167,423 and it also propelled him past Dan Smith and Mike Leah to the top spot in the BLUFF Power Rankings.

Kuether’s win awarded him 210 POY points which dropped Smith and Leah to second and third respectively.

Kuether has five cashes so far in the 2015 World Series of Poker – the best being a 26th place finish in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo event for $8,704 and 34.50 POY points. He also cashed in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em, the Millionaire Maker, a $1,500 NLH and the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event.

Paul Volpe climbed six spots to land in fourth place after another final table finish in the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Championship. He earned $89,934 and 79.20 POY points to go with his two runner-up finishes in the Heads Up Championship and Pot Limit Hold’em Championship.

Volpe has five overall cashes so far through the 2015 WSOP: he finished in 12th place in the $10,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Championship and finished in 36th place in the $5,000 NLH Eight Max event.

Erik Seidel climbed three more spots to land in the top five of the Power Rankings. His WSOP campaign has resulted in three cashes in $10,000 Championship events to this point. Most recently, he took fourth place in the No Limit Deuce to Seven event for $59,532 and 88 POY points. He also cashed in the Omaha Hi-Lo and Razz Championship events.

Byron Kaverman won his first WSOP bracelet of his career winning the highly anticipated $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Championship for $657,351 and 240 POY points. He overcame a tough final table that featured Doug Polk, Fedor Holz, Sam Greenwood and Volpe.

Jason Mercier won his third career WSOP bracelet in the $5,000 NLH Six Max event for $633,357 and 255 POY points. The bracelet win pushed his WSOP earnings to $2.8 million and career earnings past the $13 million-mark. He cashed earlier in the WSOP in the $1,000 Hyper Hold’em event in 29th place for 31.5 POY points.

BLUFF Power Rankings (as of June 22)

  1. Joe Kuether – 1,590.54 (+2)
  2. Dan Smith – 1,553.03 (-1)
  3. Mike Leah – 1,495.48 (-1)
  4. Paul Volpe – 1,279.95 (+6)
  5. Erik Seidel – 1,273.49 (+3)
  6. David Peters – 1,237.50 (-1)
  7. Dan Colman – 1,225,95 (-3)
  8. Stephen Chidwick – 1,225.21 (-2)
  9. Scott Seiver – 1,217.45 (-)
  10. Ole Schemion – 1,212.32 (-3)
  11. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,176.31 (-)
  12. Bryon Kaverman – 1,166.09 (NR)
  13. Mukul Pahuja – 1,157.76 (-1)
  14. Jason Mercier – 1,139.95 (NR)
  15. Anthony Zinno – 1,139.10 (-2)
  16. Olivier Busquet – 1,127.05 (-2)
  17. Nick Pupillo – 1,119.83 (-1)
  18. Steve O’Dwyer – 1,108.04 (-2)
  19. Aaron Massey – 1,097.51 (-1)
  20. Bryn Kenney – 1,073.19 (-3)

Dropped from Rankings: Martin Jacobson (19th), Dzmitry Urbanovich (20th)

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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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