Mike Leah Regains Power Rankings Lead, David Peters Climbs to Third

The top three spots in the BLUFF Power Rankings have been a virtual carousel over the last few weeks, but Mike Leah holds a comfortable lead after Dan Colman and Joe Kuether lost serious ground this time around. (Photo c/o World Poker Tour)

The top three spots in the BLUFF Power Rankings have been a virtual carousel over the last few weeks, but Mike Leah holds a comfortable lead after Dan Colman and Joe Kuether lost serious ground this time around. (Photo c/o World Poker Tour)

Mike Leah, Dan Colman and Joe Kuether have traded the top spot in the BLUFF Power Rankings among themselves numerous times over the last couple of months, and this week is no different in that regard. What is different is that two of those three took fairly significant falls this time around, leaving Leah to enjoy one of the bigger leads in recent memory.

Leah didn’t add to his score, but holding serve was enough to push him up two spots from third last week – and it also gave Leah a lead of almost 50 points to boot. Kuether stayed in second, but he lost nearly 50 points from last week’s total with three different tournaments coming into play. He could have slipped farther, had he not finished sixth in the Borgata Spring Open Championship, because both a third place finish in the WSOPC Philadelphia Main Event in 2014 and an EPT Berlin side event title hit milestones this week – losing either half or all of their value.

This has been a busy week historically, and it shows in the number of players whose totals dropped – with 10 of last week’s top 20 dropping points this week, including one (Olivier Busquet) who fell out of the top 20 completely. The biggest drop points-wise belongs to Colman, whose $2.1 million EPT Grand Final Super High Roller win from 2014 passed the one year mark and lost half its value – pushing him down to fourth. Ole Schemion, who finished seventh in that tournament, dropped three spots to ninth.

A handful of players – four to be exact – improved their standing with results over the last week. David Peters took further advantage of players falling around him by finishing 10th in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, a cash that pushed him up two spots to third place.

Aaron Massey moved up for the second straight week after a 37th place finish in the Borgata Spring Open Championship, while Ari Engel added points for finishing 44th in that same tournament. Jason Mercier won a small field Eight Game event at the Seminole Hard Rock, but a cash in the SHRPS WPT Main Event is what earned him points this week.

Mukul Pahuja earned just enough points from a 14th place finish in a Six Handed $100,000 Guarantee prelim at the Borgata to be the only new face in this week’s top 20, coming in right at 20th.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of April 20)

  1. Mike Leah – 1,434.75 (+2)
  2. Joe Kuether – 1,388.93 (-)
  3. David Peters – 1,338.20 (+2)
  4. Dan Colman – 1,315.65 (-3)
  5. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,277.69 (-1)
  6. Scott Seiver – 1,231.25 (-)
  7. Dan Smith – 1,212.84 (+1)
  8. Stephen Chidwick – 1,207.60 (-1)
  9. Davidi Kitai – 1,158.81 (+1)
  10. Steve O’Dwyer – 1,140.90 (-)
  11. Ole Schemion – 1,120.37 (-2)
  12. Martin Jacobson – 1,082.66 (-)
  13. Aaron Massey – 1,080.24 (+1)
  14. Daniel Negreanu – 1,075.54 (-1)
  15. Jason Mercier – 1,068.72 (-)
  16. Ari Engel – 1,036.36 (-)
  17. Anthony Zinno – 1,009.11 (-)
  18. Ami Barer – 999.12 (-)
  19. Mark Dube – 985.52 (+1)
  20. Mukul Pahuja – 976.25 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Olivier Busquet (19th)

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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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