Mike Leah & Dan Colman Toe to Toe for 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year

Mike Leah wins High Rollers

Mike Leah’s WSOP Asia-Pacific High Roller win puts him second in this week’s POY rankings. (Photo c/o Poker Asia Pacific)

Mike Leah accomplished two goals he set for himself with eight weeks remaining in the year: win a World Series of Poker bracelet before the age of 40 and compete for a Player of the Year title. Leah earned his 12th career tournament win in the 2014 World Series of Poker APAC High Roller event and 220 POY points that came with the win to put him in contention to overtake Dan Colman in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race.

In an upcoming feature in the November issue of BLUFF Leah touched on his plans for the end of the year should he be in contention for the POY title. The World Poker Tour has four events he could easily attend to chase Colman down; the most convenient being the WPT partypoker Montreal, which is just a short drive for the native Canadian.

Colman holds a 232.66 point lead over Leah, which could come in a single deep run in a large event, but Colman is most likely heading to EPT Prague in December for the €10,000 High Roller and €50,000 Super High Roller events. The Prague stop is a PokerStars festival with a full compliment of EPT and Eureka events.

Dan Smith and Ole Schemion are two players that have a realistic chance of running down Colman and Leah. Schemion elected to stay in Europe after returning from the 2014 WSOP. He has kept a pretty low profile and has two small cashes since July – a 210th place finish in EPT  Barcelona Main Event and a 19th place finish in the EPT London High Roller event.

Smith’s best scores have come in bunches when he’s been on a heater – evidenced best by last summer, EPT Barcelona in August and his insane run at the 2012 EPT Grand Final where he won three 5,000 events in four days. Smith has received some mainstream attention recently with an article for Entrepreneur magazine and Houston Chronicle story about Smith’s father by Ken Hoffman.

The Australasian Elite POY rankings were completely re-wrote following the success of WSOP APAC. Aussie Millions champ Ami Barer still tops the rankings but his lead was cut to 55.5 points after Scott Davies won the APAC Main Event for $744,781 and 240.5 POY points. Davies has been playing around the world since 2011 with just one six-figure cash prior to winning the APAC Main Event – he took fourth in the $10,000 Heads Up Championship at the 2014 WSOP for $111,781.

Leah and Max Altergott are tied with 220 points apiece – Leah’s came from his breakthrough win at the APAC High Roller and Altergott’s 220 points came from his win at the Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge for $211,586.

Overall 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of October 29)

  1. Dan Colman – 1,377.70 (-)
  2. Mike Leah – 1,145.04 (-)
  3. Dan Smith – 949.35 (-)
  4. Ole Schemion – 816.59 (-)
  5. George Danzer – 797.35 (-)
  6. Jake Schindler – 794.85 (-)
  7. Mustapha Kanit – 790.48 (-)
  8. Joe McKeehen – 768.22 (-)
  9. Ami Barer – 766.34 (-)
  10. Doug Polk – 757.75 (-)
  11. Mike McDonald – 750.78 (-)
  12. Olivier Busquet – 742.52 (-)
  13. Brandon Shack-Harris – 740.55 (-)
  14. Joe Kuether – 733.91 (-)
  15. Dominik Panka – 730.59 (-)
  16. Davidi Kitai – 722.75 (-)
  17. Keven Stammen – 693.55 (-)
  18. Alex Bilokur – 692.00 (-)
  19. Henrik Hecklen – 688.81 (-)
  20. Simon Deadman – 681.00(-)

Dropped from Rankings: N/A

World Elite POY

  1. Dominik Panka – 673.55
  2. Mike Leah – 639.90
  3. George Danzer – 627.20
  4. Alex Bilokur – 624.30
  5. Dan Colman – 563.60

North American Elite POY

  1. George Danzer – 601.20
  2. Paul Volpe – 469.09
  3. Dan Colman – 487.60
  4. Alex Bilokur – 472.75
  5. Isaac Baron – 448.40

European Elite POY

  1. Anatoly Filatov – 386.30
  2. Andre Lettau – 357.00
  3. Antonio Buonanno – 336.15
  4. Oleksii Khoroshenin – 323.00
  5. Vitaly Lunkin – 322.80

Australasian Elite POY

  1. Ami Barer – 296.00
  2. Scott Davies – 240.50
  3. JJ Liu – 224.05
  4. Max Altergott – 220.00
  5. Mike Leah – 220.00
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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 PokerNews.com. 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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