Mike Leah Holds Top Spot in Power Rankings, Stephen Chidwick Debuts

Mike Leah has been one of the most consistently successful players on tour over the last year and beyond, and it's taken him to the number one spot in the BLUFF Power Rankings this week.

Mike Leah has been one of the most consistently successful players on tour over the last year and beyond, and it’s taken him to the number one spot in the BLUFF Power Rankings this week.

Mike Leah held on to his number one spot in the BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings that he finally achieved for the first time in his career in early March with an in depth interview.

Leah reached his first World Poker Tour final table of his career at the LA Poker Classic, ultimately finishing runner-up to back-to-back champ Anthony Zinno. Leah earned the second-largest cash of his career with $701,350 – the largest being 2014’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open runner-up finish to Dan Colman for $1.04 million

Leah stuck with the WPT California tour with a cash in the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Classic with a 64th place finish for $13,940 and 15.73 POY points.

Stephen Chidwick debuted in the rankings at number 10 after taking second place in a high roller event at the 2015 PokerStars Macau Poker Cup or $134,895 and 140 POY points. It’s just Chidwick’s third cash of 2015 following a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure preliminary event and the Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge.

Mark Dube broke into the top 20 mostly due to his runner-up finish at WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open where he picked up $434,462 and 196 POY points. Then he traveled across the country with the WPT and cashed in the Bay 101 Main Event in 45th place for $20,190 – the 15.73 POY points edged him just above Byron Kaverman.

Olivier Busquet has been in the top 20 of the Power Rankings since August of 2014 and this week he climbed a spot on the latter with a deepish run in the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event for 32nd place and $9,230 and an additional 10.5 POY points.

Joe McKeehen plunged out of the rankings from 11th to 24th as a victim of the Power Rankings calendar. His 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit Atlantic City Main Event win for $174,150 timed out and then he lost half the value of his fourth place finish in 2014’s WSOP Circuit Palm Beach Main Event where he earned $68,291.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of March 16)

  1. Mike Leah – 1,459.77 (-)
  2. Dan Colman – 1,440.65 (-)
  3. Ole Schemion – 1,411.02 (+1)
  4. Joe Kuether – 1,375.32 (-1)
  5. Scott Seiver – 1,271.52 (-)
  6. Daniel Negreanu – 1,255.54 (-)
  7. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,169.91 (-)
  8. Davidi Kitai – 1,149.96 (+1)
  9. Dan Smith – 1,139.46 (-1)
  10. Stephen Chidwick – 1,105.65 (NR)
  11. Mukul Pahuja – 1,091.75 (-3)
  12. Aaron Massey – 1,068.97 (+1)
  13. Jason Mercier – 1,058.22 (-1)
  14. Olivier Busquet – 1,049.42 (+1)
  15. Martin Jacobson – 1,042.96 (+1)
  16. David Peters – 1,041.00 (-2)
  17. Ari Engel – 1,040.20 (+3)
  18. Jeff Madsen – 1,035.06 (-1)
  19. Ami Barer – 1,013.25 (-1)
  20. Mark Dube – 1,000.76 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Joe McKeehen (11th), Byron Kaverman (19th)

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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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