With the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the books and the high profile events at the Aussie Millions set to start in the coming weeks, there’s no better time than the present to officially launch the 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year race.
Dan Colman set the bar unimaginably high in 2014, but his results only really picked up in April – so while any player will find it difficult to replicate that kind of year in 2015, they all have a theoretical head start.
The year begins, as is almost always the case, with the PCA Main Event champion in the lead. Kevin Schulz earned the biggest victory and biggest cash of his career several times over at Atlantis, and along with the title and almost $1.5 million Schulz also enjoys an early lead in the 2015 BLUFF POY race.
Nick Petrangelo cashed three times at the PCA, including a victory in a $5,300 Turbo event. That, coupled with a sixth place finish in the $25,000 High Roller and another cash puts Petrangelo second to start the year. $25,000 High Roller champion Ilkin Garibli follows in third – a fantastic result considering it was his first career tournament cash.
Main Event runner-up Diego Ventura and $100,000 Super High Roller champion Steve O’Dwyer round out the top five. O’Dwyer’s victory gives him both an EPT title and an EPT Super High Roller title – an honor previously only accomplished by Martin Finger.
Josh Kay is sixth in the 2015 BLUFF POY standings after beating out a massive field for the LAPT Bahamas title to open the PCA. Jonathan Duhamel comes in at number nine after winning a $5,300 Turbo and making a deep run in the Main Event, where he finished 42nd. Joe Kuether sits 10th after finishing second to Garibli in the $25,000 High Roller.
Bryn Kenney finished third in the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PCA, and nearly pulled off a second final table in the $25,000 High Roller before ultimately going out in 11th. He’s 12th in the BLUFF POY race, while Chance Kornuth – who took third in the PCA Main Event – is 15th. Paul Volpe rounds out the top 20 in this race after winning Event 14 at the PCA, a $2,200 No Limit event.
January and February are very busy months on the poker tournament calendar – with the aforementioned Aussie Millions set to make a major impact on these standings in the days and weeks to come.
2015 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (As of January 21)
- Kevin Schulz – 360.00
- Nick Petrangelo – 287.26
- Ilkin Garibli – 282.00
- Diego Ventura – 252.00
- Steve O’Dwyer – 250.00
- Josh Kay – 238.00
- Jose Montes – 231.00
- Ramin Hajiyev – 229.36
- Jonathan Duhamel – 223.00
- Joe Kuether – 211.80
- David Vamplew – 200.00
- Bryn Kenney – 192.68
- Nicholas Immekus – 187.00
- Dzimitry Urbanovich – 181.80
- Chance Kornuth – 180.00
- Aleksandr Denisov – 176.60
- Roger Sippl – 175.00
- Rob Wazwaz – 173.25
- Jose Carlos Garcia – 169.98
- Paul Volpe – 167.80
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