Kuether Climbs Back to 2nd in Tight Three-Way Power Rankings Race

Joe Kuether traverses the country and the globe looking for good tournament value, and being on the road in the last couple weeks has put him back near the top of the BLUFF Power Rankings this week. (Photo c/o World Poker Tour)

Joe Kuether traverses the country and the globe looking for good tournament value, and being on the road in the last couple weeks has put him back near the top of the BLUFF Power Rankings this week. (Photo c/o World Poker Tour)

The battle for the top spot in the BLUFF Power Rankings has never been this close. Over the last few weeks, Dan Colman, Joe Kuether and Mike Leah have been neck and neck (and neck), and now all three are separated by a what’s essentially a min-cash’s worth of points.

Kuether was the only mover among the lead pack this week, with a couple cashes on opposite sides of the country. As has generally been the case over the last few years, if there’s a tournament or a series with some value to be had Kuether will find his way there. While he narrowly missed out on a pair of final tables in the $500,000 Guaranteed Main Event at the Venetian and a $200,000 Guaranteed Six-Handed event at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, two deep runs put Kuether just a hair ahead of Leah for second place in this week’s Power Rankings.

Pratyush Buddiga and David Peters are similarly all but inseparable at the moment, with less than a point separating two of the strongest tournament players on the circuit today. They both held serve, but Ole Schemion, who was right behind them last week, took a three spot fall to ninth. That fall can be tied directly to Schemion’s EPT San Remo High Roller win from 2014 passing the one year mark.

Aaron Massey jumps two spots this week to 14th thanks to a final table appearance in an $1,100 turbo at the Seminole Hard Rock. Massey is the only player from last week’s top 20 to move up more than one spot in this week’s rankings.

Three-time WPT champion Anthony Zinno cracked the top 20 after finishing second to 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess in a $2,200 event at Seminole Hard Rock. Ari Engel made a final table run of his own in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he finished third in Event 5 of the WSOP Circuit’s recent series.

Olivier Busquet had a pair of cashes from EPT San Remo in 2014 fall off his score, and he nearly toppled out of the top 20 entirely. With a final table appearance in the 2014 EPT Grand Final set to hit the one year mark this time next week, there’s a good chance this is the last we’ll see of Busquet on this list until at least the start of this year’s Grand Final festival in Monte Carlo.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of April 20)

  1. Dan Colman – 1,440.65 (-)
  2. Joe Kuether – 1,435.17 (+1)
  3. Mike Leah – 1,434.75 (-1)
  4. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,301.91 (-)
  5. David Peters – 1,301.00 (-)
  6. Scott Seiver – 1,271.52 (+1)
  7. Stephen Chidwick – 1,224.35 (+1)
  8. Dan Smith – 1,212.84 (+1)
  9. Ole Schemion – 1,171.37 (-3)
  10. Davidi Kitai – 1,166.89 (-)
  11. Steve O’Dwyer – 1,140.90 (-)
  12. Martin Jacobson – 1,082.66 (-)
  13. Daniel Negreanu – 1,075.54 (-)
  14. Aaron Massey – 1,071.14 (+2)
  15. Jason Mercier – 1,054.54 (-1)
  16. Ari Engel – 1,027.94 (+1)
  17. Anthony Zinno (NR)
  18. Ami Barer – 999.12 (-)
  19. Olivier Busquet – 991.07 (-4)
  20. Mark Dube – 986.90 (-1)

Dropped from Rankings: Jeff Madsen (20th)

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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