Mike Leah Reigns at Top, Fractions of Points Separate Players

Mike Leah won stays in the top spot of the BLUFF Power Rankings.

Mike Leah won stays in the top spot of the BLUFF Power Rankings.

Mike Leah tops the BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings after his amazing 2014 that left him a few points shy to challenge Dan Colman for that year’s Player of the Year title, but has Leah leading the Power Rankings for quite some time now.

The competition is better than ever with a few spots on the rankings decided by less than one point – Pratyush Buddiga leads David Peters by .91 of a point, Mukul Pahuja leads Martin Jacobson by .79 of a point and Aaron Massey leads Ari Engel by .42 of a point.

Buddiga and Peters earned their current spot in the rankings in the final week of March. Buddiga won a Turbo event at EPT Malta and took third in the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star High Roller. Peters earned his first cash since January at EPT Malta for winning the second High Roller for $651,895 and 260 POY points.

Pahuja edged his way over Jacobson with two March cashes – he finished in 22nd place at the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder event for $10,058 and 18.20 POY points and a few days later he he took 21st at Isle Casino Battles at the Beach Deep Stack event for $1,606 and 5 POY points.

Jacobson scored a trio of cashes at EPT Malta. First he  cashed in the IPT Main Event for 10.5 POY points, then cashed in the IPT High Roller event for 8.40 POY points and finally he cashed in the EPT Malta Main Event for 30.60 POY points.

Massey’s most recent cashes came from a trio of results in February in three different tours – the World Poker Tour, the World Series of Poker Circuit and the Heartland Poker Tour for a total of 29.7 POY points.

Engel earned two sizable cashes from the WPT in March; first he finished in 16th place at the Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event for $32,680 and 31.45 POY points and then he cashed in 13th place at the Rolling Thunder Main Event for $14,968 and 18.2 POY points.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of April 6)

  1. Mike Leah – 1,454.77 (-)
  2. Daniel Colman – 1,440.65 (-)
  3. Joe Kuether – 1,411.72 (-)
  4. Ole Schemion – 1,388.37 (-)
  5. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,301.91 (-)
  6. David Peters – 1,301.00 (-)
  7. Scott Seiver – 1,271.52 (-)
  8. Daniel Negreanu – 1,255.54 (-)
  9. Stephen Chidwick – 1,243.48 (-)
  10. Dan Smith – 1,212.84 (-)
  11. Davidi Kitai – 1,166.89 (-)
  12. Steve O’Dwyer – 1,126.90 (-)
  13. Mukul Pahuja – 1,083.45 (-)
  14. Martin Jacobson – 1,082.66 (-)
  15. Jason Mercier – 1,054.02 (+1)
  16. Olivier Busquet – 1,042.32 (+1)
  17. Jeff Madsen – 1,032.44 (+1)
  18. Aaron Massey – 1,029.54 (-3)
  19. Ari Engel – 1,029.12 (-)
  20. Ami Barer – 999.12 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Mark Dube (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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