Ole Schemion Takes Over Top Spot in Power Rankings from Dan Colman

Ole Schemion earned over $1.05 million in January. (Photo courtesy PokerStars/APPT)

Ole Schemion earned over $1.05 million in January. (Photo courtesy PokerStars/APPT)

Ole Schemion took over the top spot on the BLUFF Power Rankings – a spot he enjoyed for quite some time until Dan Colman took over the top spot in 2014. The results from 2015 PCA and Aussie Millions dramatically re-shuffled the rankings.

Pratyush Buddiga climbed five spots to land in the sixth spot, Scott Seiver was the largest mover by jumping seven spots while David Kitai and Jason Mercier both climbed four spots.

Schemion resumed his spot as king of the hill after a million dollar month in January. He cashed just once at the PCA – in the Main Event for $27,700 – but then traveled to Melbourne for Aussie Millions. He finished runner-up in the $100,000 Challenge for $1.04 million and 175 POY points.

Buddiga might not have the household name some of the others on the list but Buddiga has been on an insane heater since November. He’s earned $1.8 million in the past three months and doubled his career earnings. He took third in November at the ACOP Super High Roller, won the $25,000 Aria High Roller in December, final tabled the PCA Main Event and then took third in the Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge.

Seiver plays his best when the stakes are the highest – in January he cashed in four events with buys-ins totaling $400,000 and earned $1.98 million. He final tabled what arguably could be called the toughest fields of the year – the PCA $100,000 SHR, the PCA $25,000 HR, the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge and the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge.

Kitai cashed in the $25,000 PCA High Roller and then final tabled a $5,300 Turbo event at the PCA. Mercier had a profitable trip to the PCA also – he cashed in the Main Event, final tabled a $10,000 Turbo Six-handed event and then took sixth at the $25,000 Aria event for $40,180.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of February 3)

  1. Ole Schemion – 1,444.46 (+4)
  2. Daniel Colman – 1440.65 (-1)
  3. Mike Leah – 1,364.22 (+1)
  4. Joe Kuether – 1,363.81 (-2)
  5. Daniel Negreanu – 1,336.79 (-2)
  6. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,259.91 (+5)
  7. Dan Smith -1,240.94 (-)
  8. Scott Seiver – 1,238.45 (+7)
  9. Mukul Pahuja – 1,227.21 (+3)
  10. Paul Volpe – 1,194.50 (-2)
  11. Martin Jacobson – 1,185.00 (-1)
  12. Ami Barer – 1,171.15 (-2)
  13. Davidi Kitai – 1,154.03 (+4)
  14. Jason Mercier – 1,141.72 (+4)
  15. Joe McKeehen – 1,130.88 (-3)
  16. David Peters – 1,084.27 (-)
  17. Aaron Massey – 1,059.22 (-4)
  18. Olivier Busquet – 1.057.85 (-1)
  19. Jeff Madsen – 1,045.28 (-)
  20. Byron Kaverman – 1,018.33 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Ari Engel (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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