Philipp Gruissem and Matt Salsberg Tumble as Top Five Hold Serve

Philipp Gruissem finished third to Matt Salsberg in the 2012 Grand Prix de Paris, and both players felt the effects of that result going past the two-year mark. (Drew Amato photo)

Philipp Gruissem finished third to Matt Salsberg in the 2012 Grand Prix de Paris, and both players’ Power Rankings scores felt the effects of that result going past the two-year mark. (Drew Amato photo)

After several tumultuous weeks in the BLUFF Power Rankings, the players at the top finally took it easy and remained steady, for the time being at least. The top six players each maintained the same score and positioning from a week ago, but there’s still been some significant movement – albeit in the wrong direction.

Philipp Gruissem fell four spots and saw a small chunk of his Power Rankings score disappear completely, thanks to the two-year anniversary of his only career WPT final table. Gruissem finished third in the 2012 WPT Grand Prix de Paris, which is also his only WPT cash to date, and the title in this tournament eventually fell to Matt Salsberg. That win eventually helped fuel Salsberg towards a successful run at Season XI WPT Player of the Year.

Salsberg was 18th in last week’s Power Rankings, but losing that victory played a big part in his tumbling 13 spots to 31st. There must be something about this time of year, as Salsberg also made a deep run in the WPT Borgata Poker Open in 2013; his 46th place finish also lost half its value, but if the last two years are any indication Salsberg should certainly be capable of another run at Borgata as that event gets underway.

Scott Seiver and Mike McDonald each benefited from the falls of Gruissem and Joe McKeehen, moving up two spots apiece to seventh and eighth, respectively, without posting a result. McKeehen had one cash at the Borgata Poker Open during this week in each of the last two years, including a third place finish in a $1,000 back in 2012 – a result that’s fallen from his score completely.

Jason Mercier also slipped one spot in this week’s Power Rankings, with a deep run of his own at the 2012 Grand Prix de Paris falling off his score. Aaron Massey was one of the few players to add points to his score this week, jumping up a spot after earning his second cash and second final table during preliminary events at the Borgata Poker Open. With Salsberg’s fall, enough space opened up for Jeff Madsen to return to the Power Rankings this week in 20th.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of September 15, 2014)

  1. Dan Smith – 1,509.86 (-)
  2. Daniel Negreanu – 1,465.01 (-)
  3. Ole Schemion – 1,444.44 (-)
  4. Joe Kuether – 1,401.03 (-)
  5. Dan Colman – 1,377.70 (-)
  6. Mike Leah – 1,265.17 (-)
  7. Scott Seiver – 1,226.70 (+2)
  8. Mike McDonald – 1,203.74 (+2)
  9. Joe McKeehen – 1,202.91 (-1)
  10. Keven Stammen – 1,196.46 (+1)
  11. Philipp Gruissem – 1,171.95 (-4)
  12. David Peters – 1,167.41 (-)
  13. Mukul Pahuja – 1,120.23 (-)
  14. Paul Volpe – 1,105.02 (+1)
  15. Jason Mercier – 1,103.72 (-1)
  16. Will Failla – 1,097.97 (-)
  17. Jake Schindler – 1,096.49 (-)
  18. Vanessa Selbst – 1,086.86 (+1)
  19. Aaron Massey – 1,066.59 (+1)
  20. Jeff Madsen – 1,055.82 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Matt Salsberg (18th)

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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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