Joe Kuether Tops Schemion & Colman for Top Spot in Power Rankings

Joe Kuether passed Dan Colman and Ole Schemion for the top spot of the Power Rankings.

Joe Kuether passed Dan Colman and Ole Schemion for the top spot of the Power Rankings.

For the last year Dan Colman and Ole Schemion have been the toast of the poker world with over $30 million in winnings between the two, but the the two high rollers took a back seat to Joe Kuether this week with the steady grinder taking over the top spot in the BLUFF Power Rankings.

Pratyush Buddiga, Davidi Kitai and Aaron Massey each improved with Paul Volpe and David Peters slipping down the ranks after losing value in some live events.

Kuether recorded his first million dollar cash in January at the PCA with a runner-up finish in the $25,000 High Roller. Since his seven-figure windfall Kuether has racked up $137,000 in live earnings in three different states, made three final tables and took runner-up in a Venetian DSE event for $109,877 and 115.5 POY points.

Buddiga climbed two spots in the rankings despite not recording any cashes. He emerged on the live scene in 2011 and since then he mostly sticks to high buy-in events. Since November of last year Buddiga has four final tables in four cashes with buy-ins ranging from $64,500 to $10,300 on the bottom end.

Kitai, a three-time WSOP bracelet winner, played in two different tournament festivals in 2015 – the PCA and EPT Deauville. He earned over $86,000 in Deauville from three different cashes – one an outright win for $52,069 which did not qualify for POY points.

On the heels of his Heartland Poker Tour Player of Year title, Massey returned to the HPT in Colorado and took 17th place in the Golden Gates Main Event for $9,061. Massey cashed for over $56,000 so far in 2015 playing in the PCA, the WPT Borgata Winter Open, the WPT Lucky Hearts Open and the WSOP Circuit in West Palm Beach.

Volpe lost half his points he gained from winning the Bobby Hoff Commemorative tournament at 2014’s LA Poker Classic. Peters lost value from two scores in 2013 timing out – a deep run at the LAPC Main Event and 13th place finish at the Chicago Poker Classic.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of March 2)

  1. Joe Kuether – 1,477.31 (+2)
  2. Daniel Colman – 1,440.65 (-)
  3. Ole Schemion – 1,411.02 (-2)
  4. Mike Leah – 1,279.34 (-)
  5. Scott Seiver – 1,255.64 (-)
  6. Daniel Negreanu – 1,240.54 (-)
  7. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,169.91 (+2)
  8. Mukul Pahuja – 1,160.94 (-1)
  9. Davidi Kitai – 1,149.96 (+2)
  10. Dan Smith – 1,132.26 (-)
  11. Joe McKeehen – 1,080.84 (+1)
  12. Paul Volpe – 1,077.95 (-4)
  13. Jason Mercier – 1,072.67 (+1)
  14. Aaron Massey – 1,068.97 (+2)
  15. Olivier Busquet – 1,063.67 (-)
  16. David Peters – 1,055.40 (-3)
  17. Jeff Madsen – 1,050.15 (-)
  18. Martin Jacobson – 1,042.96 (-)
  19. Ami Barer – 1,023.15 (-)
  20. Byron Kaverman – 1,018.33 (-)

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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