Kuether’s Consistency Puts Him Third in BLUFF Power Rankings

Joe Kuether has finished no worse than 28th in any BLUFF POY race since 2012 - one of the big reasons he's third in the BLUFF Power Rankings. (Photo c/o Joe Giron / WPT)

Joe Kuether has finished no worse than 28th in any BLUFF POY race since 2012 – one of the big reasons he’s third in the BLUFF Power Rankings. (Photo c/o Joe Giron / WPT)

Thousands of words have been dedicated to the successes of Ole Schemion and Dan Colman, and that’s with good reason. Each has found enormous success all over the world, taking home multiple $1 million-plus scores and major tournament titles, and they rightfully occupy the top two spots in this week’s BLUFF Power Rankings.

Joe Kuether has had a very different kind of success over the last four years. He’s gotten close to major titles on a number of occasions, with multiple WPT and WSOP final tables to his credit along with a boatload of results from various regional tours all over the world. Kuether finally broke through for a $1 million cash of his own in January at the PCA – a result that’s put him in an all too familiar spot among the top contenders in the BLUFF Player of the Year race.

While Schemion’s three consecutive top-10 appearances in the BLUFF POY standings are unheard of, Kuether’s displayed a similar level of consistency since 2012; he’s finished no worse than 28th in any race since that point, and Kuether just keeps on putting up results year after year. His jump to third place in this week’s Power Rankings reflects just how strong Kuether’s entire body of work is.

Mike Leah flipped spots with Kuether, with his drop attributable to his WPT Fallsview prelim victory passing the one year mark this week. Pratyush Buddiga also won a Fallsview prelim in 2014, and with his victory also passing the one year milestone Buddiga fell three spots to ninth.

Jason Mercier held steady in 14th, but he was one of the few to add to his overall total after cashing in the WSOP Circuit Main Event in West Palm Beach. Aaron Massey also cashed in the WSOPC Palm Beach Main Event, and with an HPT Golden Gates Main Event run added in Massey jumped one spot to 16th. Jeff Madsen slipped a spot to 17th to accommodate Massey’s upward move.

Despite a shakeup, all 20 players in last week’s Power Rankings top 20 maintained that position for the time being.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings(as of February 23)

  1. Ole Schemion – 1,444.46 (-)
  2. Dan Colman – 1,440.65 (-)
  3. Joe Kuether – 1,361.81 (+1)
  4. Mike Leah – 1,279.34 (-1)
  5. Scott Seiver – 1,265.21 (-)
  6. Daniel Negreanu – 1,240.54 (+1)
  7. Mukul Pahuja – 1,190.49 (+1)
  8. Paul Volpe – 1,186.82 (+1)
  9. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,169.91 (-3)
  10. Dan Smith – 1,163.94 (-)
  11. Davidi Kitai – 1,154.96 (-)
  12. Joe McKeehen – 1,085.34 (-)
  13. David Peters – 1,084.27 (-)
  14. Jason Mercier – 1,080.17 (-)
  15. Olivier Busquet – 1,063.67 (-)
  16. Aaron Massey – 1,055.14 (+1)
  17. Jeff Madsen – 1,050.15 (-1)
  18. Martin Jacobson – 1,047.09 (-)
  19. Ami Barer – 1,023.15 (-)
  20. Byron Kaverman – 1,018.33 (-)

Dropped From Rankings: None

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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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