Mike Leah Slips in Power Rankings, Dan Colman Takes Over Lead

Dan Colman takes over the lead in Bluff's Power Rankings. (Photo c/o PokerStars Blog / APPT / Kenneth Lim)

Dan Colman takes over the lead in Bluff’s Power Rankings. (Photo c/o PokerStars Blog / APPT / Kenneth Lim)

Mike Leah held the top spot in the BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings for several weeks but lost some value and slipped to second place, giving Dan Colman the lead despite not cashing in a single event so far in 2015.

The young German superstar Ole Schemion and Daniel Negreanu both slid in the rankings due to losing value to the calendar. Steve O’Dwyer gained a few points to land just outside the top ten, Mark Dube continued his in again, out again standing in the top 20 and Mukul Pahuja fell from 13th to out of the top 20.

Colman set the poker world on fire in 2014 earning over $22 million and earned a reputation as one of the game’s least accessible players. Colman retired from the game at the start of 2015. His last cash came at the Asia Championship of Poker in November and prior to that he took down the WPT Alpha8 London title for $961,723 in October.

Leah’s slip to the second spot came from his seventh place finish in the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Pot Limit Omaha event timing out. Leah won’t have any other results timing out until early June.

Negreanu’s slide out of the top ten also came from losing Player of the Year points from the 2013 WSOP APAC. He won his fifth career bracelet in the APAC Main Event where he earned $1.09 million and 360 POY points. Negreanu’s limited playing schedule picks up this spring with the World Poker Tour World Championship in Atlantic City.

Schemion should continue to slide down the rankings from losing half the value of his 2014 POY cashes. He went on a tear one year ago in April with five total cashes from EPT San Remo and the EPT Grand Final; including a high roller win and Super High Roller final table.

O’Dwyer added 18.20 POY points with a 15th place finish at the Paddy Power Poker Irish Open for $13,737.  Dube re-joined the top 20 from the players around him losing value in some scores and Pahuja dropped out of the top 20 with his 2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown runner-up finish going from 225.40 POY points to worth half that.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of April 13)

  1. Daniel Colman – 1,440.65 (+1)
  2. Mike Leah – 1,434.75 (-1)
  3. Joe Kuether – 1,415.39 (-)
  4. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,301.91 (+1)
  5. David Peters – 1,031.00 (+1)
  6. Ole Schemion – 1,284.37 (-2)
  7. Scott Seiver – 1,271.52 (-)
  8. Stephen Chidwick – 1,243.48 (+1)
  9. Dan Smith – 1,212.84 (+1)
  10. Davidi Kitai – 1,166.89 (+1)
  11. Steve O’Dwyer – 1,145.10 (+1)
  12. Martin Jacobson – 1,082.66 (+2)
  13. Daniel Negreanu – 1,075.54 (-5)
  14. Jason Mercier – 1,054.54 (+1)
  15. Olivier Busquet – 1,042.32 (+1)
  16. Aaron Massey – 1,022.74 (+2)
  17. Ari Engel – 1,017.69 (+2)
  18. Ami Barer – 999.12 (+2)
  19. Mark Dube – 986.90 (NR)
  20. Jeff Madsen – 983.81 (-3)

Dropped from Rankings: Mukul Pahuja (13th)

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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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