Petrangelo, Volpe & Seidel Surge, but Urbanovich Still Leads

Nick Petrangelo won his first career WSOP bracelet in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout, a victory that puts him in second behind only Dzmitry Urbanovich in the 2015 BLUFF POY race.

Nick Petrangelo won his first career WSOP bracelet in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout, a victory that puts him in second behind only Dzmitry Urbanovich in the 2015 BLUFF POY race.

We’re two weeks into the 2015 World Series of Poker, and as you might expect the high volume of tournaments with big buy-ins and big field sizes has had a dramatic effect on the BLUFF Player of the Year standings.

Nine players in the top 20 moved up and just one out of 20 spots is occupied by the same person as the last time BLUFF updated you on our POY standings, but that person is in the one spot everyone else would like to occupy.

Dzmitry Urbanovich is still two years from being able to play the WSOP in Las Vegas, but he established a big enough lead that, even through almost a third of the summer’s schedule, he’s still number one in the 2015 BLUFF POY race. Urbanovich’s most serious competition has changed significantly in that time, however, with one player in particular making this race as tight as its been in months.

Nick Petrangelo won the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout in the first week of the 2015 WSOP, which took him from fourth to second and within one more significant result of surpassing Urbanovich. Paul Volpe made an even more significant jump thanks to WSOP results, going from well outside the top 20 to fourth in this race because of runner-up finishes in both the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship and the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship.

Erik Seidel earned his first cash of the 2015 WSOP when he finished 11th in the $10,000 Razz Championship, but his move up the ranks is tied to a result outside the walls of the Rio. He chopped a $25,000 High Roller at the Aria with Andrew Lichtenberger, a cash that pushed him all the way up to fifth place.

Bryn Kenney’s earned a pair of cashes so far at the WSOP, with his second place finish in the first open event of the summer driving his jump to eighth. Tom Marchese’s had a similar summer, with a runner-up finish in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em and a 10th place finish a few days later in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship putting him ninth in the BLUFF POY standings.

Jason Wheeler, Michael Wang and David Peters all joined Kenney and Volpe in crashing the top 20 this week. Wheeler took fifth in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em to jump to 13th, Wang won that very tournament to get to 17th, and Peters finished third in the $3,000 No Limit Shootout to grab the number 19 spot. Connor Drinan rounds out a dramatic week of changes with a five spot jump to 14th thanks to an Aria High Roller final table and 16th in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship.

There’s certainly more of these kinds of swings to come, with a full month of tournaments to come leading up to the 2015 WSOP Main Event. To put just how much things can change into perspective, at this point in 2014 eventual POY winner Dan Colman only had one major result to speak of; he’d go on to make te semifinals of the Heads-Up Championship and win the Big One for One Drop, and by the time the summer was over he was well on his way to victory.

2015 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of June 10)

  1. Dzmitry Urbanovich – 888.53 (-)
  2. Nick Petrangelo – 793.09 (+2)
  3. Steve O’Dwyer – 736.46 (-1)
  4. Paul Volpe – 680.80 (NR)
  5. Erik Seidel – 670.36 (+6)
  6. Anthony Zinno – 665.70 (-3)
  7. Scott Seiver – 630.96 (-2)
  8. Bryn Kenney – 606.38 (NR)
  9. Tom Marchese – 604.20 (+3)
  10. Nick Pupillo – 566.25 (-4)
  11. Taylor Paur – 549.59 (-4)
  12. Joe Kuether – 536.36 (-3)
  13. Jason Wheeler – 533.28 (NR)
  14. Connor Drinan – 529.30 (+5)
  15. Stephen Chidwick – 525.16 (-1)
  16. Michael Wang – 522.20 (NR)
  17. Atanas Kavrakov – 517.99 (-9)
  18. Ivan Luca – 495.25 (-8)
  19. David Peters – 482.20 (NR)
  20. Mustapha Kanit – 457.96 (-7)

Dropped from Rankings: Asher Conniff (15th), Dan Heimiller (16th), Charlie Carrel (17th), Jose Montes (18th), Jean Montury (20th)

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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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