The top of the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race has been a lonely place for Dominik Panka and Mike McDonald, with the pair holding the top two spots in the race since they finished first and second in the Main Event at the PCA. After another very busy week in the world of tournament poker, they have some company in their rarefied air.
Keven Stammen’s win in the WPT World Championship pushes him all the way up to third in the 2014 BLUFF POY race, earning him enough points to makes him just the third player to cross the 600 point mark so far. The $1.35 million first place prize is one of the biggest tournament cashes that any player has earned so far in 2014, and it more than doubles Stammen’s previous best result – his 2009 WSOP bracelet win.
Ole Schemion is a bit further behind, but with his second High Roller final table in as many weeks the 21-year-old German is now fourth in this race. Schemion is the fourth player to earn over 500 BLUFF POY points in 2014, and he cracked that milestone by finishing seventh in the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller just a week after winning the EPT San Remo High Roller. After finishing in the top 10 in each of the last two BLUFF POY races, Schemion has a chance of making some serious history if he keeps this run up.
Mustapha Kanit has had a nice stretch of his own over the last few weeks, earning three cashes after going more than two months without a result. Kanit cashed twice at EPT San Remo, including a fifth place finish in the High Roller, to crack the top 20 in last week’s POY update. Kanit continued to climb with his third final table in two weeks, finishing third in the France Poker Series High Roller, and he now sits fifth in the 2014 BLUFF POY race.
Joe Kuether has been a consistent presence in the BLUFF POY race over the last few years too, and he finds himself in the top 10 yet again after a third place finish in the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Harrahs Philadelphia. Dmitri Ponomarev is an entirely new presence in these standings, but after a win in a €2,000 side event at EPT San Remo and a third place finish in a €2,000 in Monte Carlo, along with another $2,200 win at the PCA in January, Ponomarev is 15th.
Eric Afriat spent several days on top of the chip counts in the WPT Championship, continuing a tremendous run that traced back to his win in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in mid-April. Afriat’s hopes of back-to-back final tables fell one day short, but his 11th place finish at the Borgata was enough to push him up two spots to 17th. After spending just a week outside the top 20, Alexander Condon’s 35th place finish in the WPT Championship was enough in a very bunched up group to put him back in 19th.
2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of April 30)
- Dominik Panka – 667.04 (-)
- Mike McDonald – 646.00 (-)
- Keven Stammen – 613.50 (NR)
- Ole Schemion – 508.64 (+2)
- Mustapha Kanit – 473.68 (+7)
- Mukul Pahuja – 470.22 (-3)
- James Carroll – 467.60 (-3)
- Mike Leah – 453.55 (-3)
- Joe Kuether – 426.55 (+9)
- Alex Bilokur – 424.20 (-3)
- James Calderaro – 403.20 (-3)
- Ami Barer – 401.73 (-3)
- Eugene Katchalov – 401.40 (-3)
- Oliver Price – 392.92 (-3)
- Dmitri Ponomarev – 390.95 (NR)
- Joeseph Mckeehen – 386.79 (-3)
- Eric Afriat – 380.60 (+2)
- Dylan Wilkerson – 365.05 (-4)
- Alexander Condon – 364.84 (NR)
- Jacob Schindler – 364.20 (-6)
Dropped from Rankings: Simon Deadman (16th), Fabian Quoss (17th), Jonathan Gaviao (20th)
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