Every time a major event comes and goes, the BLUFF Power Rankings see a major shift. First of all, the big winners from last year plummet down the ranks, as their scores go from full to half point value. While these names drop, the new winners rise to the occassion.
Take young Jonathan Duhamel, for example. This time two weeks ago, Duhamel was not even a part of the top twenty. Now, thanks to a gigantic run at PCA that vaulted him to the top of the BLUFF 2012 ranks, the 2010 WSOP Main Event winner now tops the Power Rankings too. Duhamel dropped out of the top twenty a couple of months ago when his Main Event win went to half point value, but Duhamel is establishing himself as a talented poker player who is going to be remembered for more than just his big bracelet victory.
Shawn Buchanan also benefited from his win in the $10,000 Six-Handed Turbo Event at PCA. The Canadian poker pro made the biggest jump in the ranks outside of Duhamel, leaping up to the second spot in the ranks after being just outside the top ten in our last update. Jason Mercier was one of the few players to hold his ground this week. He maintained his spot at number three.
Former holders of the top spot, Marvin Rettenmaier, Bertrand Grospellier, and Matt Waxman sit in the fourth, fifth, and sixth position. The devaluing of 2011 PCA scores really hurt Eugene Katchalov, who dropped even further to number nine in the ranks. Sam Trickett experienced a similar decline with his Aussie Millions scores, dropping from fifth to tenth.
The bottom half of the top twenty includes several players on the rise so far this year, including Will Failla. It seemed safe to assume Failla would drop in the ranks when his win in last year’s PCA $2,000 side event passed the one-year mark. Failla made up for those missing points though, taking down the gigantic opening event of Borgata’s winter series. Will The Thrill picked up over $160,000 in the 500 buy-in event and buoyed his status in the Power Rankings as well.
Reigning Main Event winner Pius Heinz broke into the top twenty this week after final tabling a PCA side event. Tom Marchese also broke the ranks, as did Justin Young. With Aussie Millions results starting to pour in, you can expect to see more new faces break the ranks in the coming weeks.
Here are the latest top twenty in the BLUFF Power Rankings:
1. (NR) Jonathan Duhamel – 1,398.29
2. (+9) Shawn Buchanan – 1,318.69
3. (-) Jason Mercier – 1,246.62
4. (-3) Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,241.00
5. (-1) Bertrand Grospellier – 1,216.56
6. (-4) Matt Waxman – 1,172.92
7. (-) Vanessa Selbst – 1,123.15
8. (-2) Eugene Katchalov – 1,110.17
9. (-) Ben Lamb – 1,108.93
10. (-5) Sam Trickett – 1,069.16
11. (-1) Steve O’Dwyer – 1,068.85
12. (+3) Will Failla – 1,057.60
13. (NR) Tom Marchese – 1,015.79
14. (-) Sam Stein – 1,011.67
15. (-7) Sorel Mizzi – 985.82
16. (NR) Pius Heinz – 971.79
17. (+3) Roberto Romanello – 970.04
18. (+1) Elio Fox – 955.10
19. (-3) Chris Moorman – 928.08
20. (NR) Justin Young – 927.34
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