Mike Leah Leads BLUFF Power Rankings, Erik Seidel Cracks Top Ten

Mike Leah holds the top spot in the BLUFF Power Rankings. (Photo courtesy of WPT)

Mike Leah holds the top spot in the BLUFF Power Rankings. (Photo courtesy of WPT)

Mike Leah holds the top spot in the BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings as two high rollers cracked the top 20, Erik Seidel and Mustapha Kanit, and Brian Yoon after a final table finish in the WPT World Championship.

In the last year Leah’s been on the biggest heater of his career with four six-figure cashes – one of them for $1.04 million. He finished runner-up at the LA Poker Classic for $701,350 and before that he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet at the 2014 WSOP APAC High Roller.

Seidel crossed the $22 million lifetime earnings mark after his win in the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller, which had a $111,000 buy-in. Seidel earned $2.25 million and 250 Player of the Year points when he defeated Dzmitry Urbanovich in a long heads-up match. Seidel final tabled his third high roller event this year after taking sixth place in the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge and he won a $25,000 Aria High Roller event in February.

At only 19-years old Urbanovich has cashed 15 times since January, including his performance at EPT Malta where he cashed six times and won four events. In less than two years of live events he has $2.65 million in career earnings.

Kanit won his second event of 2015 in the second EPT Grand Final Super High Roller, a $56,000 buy-in, for $1.4 million. He topped a final table which included Mike Watson, Martin Finger, Fabian Quoss and Scott Seiver.

Seiver slipped in the rankings despite cashing in both Super High Roller events at the EPT Grand Final. He earned 72.50 POY points and $396,465 in four days but lost 105.85 POY points from his 2014 WPT World Championship and EPT Grand Final High Roller finishes.

Yoon, a two-time WSOP bracelet winner, scored his fifth career six-figure cash with a final table run at the WPT World Championship. He finished third for $330,358 in a field of 239 players and 132 POY points. His career earnings climbed to $2.2 million after his 12th career final table finish.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of May 4)

  1. Mike Leah – 1,434.75 (-)
  2. Joe Kuether – 1,385.35 (-)
  3. David Peters – 1,309.55 (-)
  4. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,277.69 (+1)
  5. Dan Colman – 1,277.69 (-1)
  6. Dan Smith – 1,212.84 (+1)
  7. Scott Seiver – 1,205.05 (-1)
  8. Stephen Chidwick – 1,168.12 (-)
  9. Steve O’Dwyer – 1,140.90 (+1)
  10. Erik Seidel – 1,124.25 (NR)
  11. Ole Schemion – 1,113.32 (-)
  12. Davidi Kitai – 1,088.31 (-3)
  13. Martin Jacobson – 1,082.66 (-1)
  14. Daniel Negreanu – 1,075.54 (-)
  15. Mustapha Kanit – 1,073.79 (NR)
  16. Aaron Massey – 1.072.12 (-3)
  17. Jason Mercier – 1.068.72 (-2)
  18. Ari Engel – 1,034.73 (-2)
  19. Brian Yoon – 1,012.80 (NR)
  20. Anthony Zinno – 1,009.11 (-3)

Dropped from Rankings: Ami Barer (18th), Mark Dube (19th), Mukul Pahuja (20th)

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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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