Ole Schemion Continues Push Towards Top of Power Rankings as Race Gets Tight

In the last two weeks, Ole Schemion won the High Roller at EPT San Remo and finished seventh in the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

In the last two weeks, Ole Schemion won the High Roller at EPT San Remo and finished seventh in the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

The BLUFF Power Rankings are in the midst of a market correction, with the top five players from a week ago each experiencing a significant drop in their scores. With the one and two-year anniversaries of major successes at the EPT Grand Final hitting this week, more than half of the top 20 were part of a group largely going in the wrong direction, with one notable exception – Ole Schemion.

Schemion has been close to the top of the Power Rankings on several occasions, and a tremendous April has him nearing number one again. He managed to nullify the loss of a 2012 EPT Berlin side event victory from his score with a win in the EPT San Remo High Roller a week ago, and Schemion moved up another five spots this week. After taking control early in the €100,000 Super High Roller at the EPT Grand Final, Schemion eventually settled for a seventh place finish.

Daniel Negreanu still owns a bit of a cushion for his lead, after taking only a slight drop this week, but Marvin Rettenmaier and Joe Kuether each lost points from big EPT side event wins from the last two years in this week’s update. Rettenmaier is virtually even with German countryman Schemion after his EPT Grand Final €2,000 win passed the two year mark. That win was the first of four titles won by Rettenmaier in his 2012 BLUFF Player of the Year campaign, and it came just three weeks before his career-changing WPT World Championship victory. Kuether actually dropped a spot to fourth, with an EPT berlin win from 2013 losing half of its value and a WSOP Circuit cash from 2012 falling off his score.

Dan Smith also took a big hit to his standing in the BLUFF Power Rankings as one of two players to fall more than one spot this week, with one of the most impressive achievements in EPT history finally falling from his score. Two years ago this week Smith kicked off his own run in the 2012 BLUFF POY race by winning three €5,000 side events in six days, but with the Power Rankings taking only two years of results into account for player scores, they no longer impact his standing in this system.

Roger Hairabedian tied for the biggest upward move this week, climbing five spots to 10th. His small cash in the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event – part of the EPT Grand Final schedule – was enough to send him farther and faster up the Power Rankings than normal because of all of the players who lost points.

Jeremy Ausmus had a pretty big fall of his own this week, tumbling six spots to 17th as his Venetian Deep Stack Main Event win from 2013 passed the one year mark.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of April 28, 2014)

  1. Daniel Negreanu – 1,557.69 (-)
  2. Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,456.45 (-)
  3. Ole Schemion – 1,451.85 (+5)
  4. Joe Kuether – 1,356.47 (-1)
  5. David Peters – 1,336.45 (-1)
  6. Mike McDonald – 1,311.79 (-)
  7. Vanessa Selbst – 1,304.63 (-)
  8. Dan Smith – 1,246.33 (-3)
  9. Mukul Pahuja – 1,160.32 (-)
  10. Roger Hairabedian – 1,155.48 (+5)
  11. Philipp Gruissem – 1,154.03 (-1)
  12. Will Failla – 1,093.96 (-)
  13. Mike Watson – 1,067.25 (+1)
  14. Martin Finger – 1,058.38 (-1)
  15. Scott Seiver – 1,036.65 (+1)
  16. Ari Engel – 1,030.06 (+1)
  17. Jeremy Ausmus – 1,008.38 (-6)
  18. Noah Schwartz – 1,006.15 (-)
  19. Shannon Shorr – 1,002.93 (-)
  20. Ravi Raghavan – 995.65 (-)

Dropped from Rankings: None

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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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