Power Rankings: Failla, Finger Rise, Riess Debuts in Top 20 with Main Event Win

Martin Finger continues to find tournament success in Europe, rising to seventh in the BLUFF Power Rankings this week after a second place finish in Austria. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

Martin Finger continues to find tournament success in Europe, rising to seventh in the BLUFF Power Rankings this week after a second place finish in Austria. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

While the biggest week of the year in poker was taking place (and we’ll get to Ryan Riess in a moment), there was a lot of other poker being played throughout the world. Two familiar faces managed to improve their positions in the top 10 of the BLUFF Power Rankings, while one of the most consistent players of the last two years took a bit of a tumble in the other direction.

Will Failla has always been a force to be reckoned with on ‘home turf’ in the Northeast, and he added to his impressive list of accomplishments this week by winning the Foxwoods World Poker Finals Main Event. Failla outlasted a field of 302 players in the $2,500 buy-in tournament to earn over $128,000, and simultaneously managed to put himself back into the top 5 after a short stretch away. After finishing 22nd in the BLUFF Player of the Year race in 2011 and 16th in 2012, Failla is well on his way to a third straight top 25 finish in 2013.

Martin Finger managed a strong run of his own in his adopted home country of Austria, taking second in the Casino Austria Poker Tour Main Event. With a buy-in that was worth over $4,100 American, Finger outlasted all but one player in the field, settling for runner-up to fellow German Lasell King. In a crowded part of the Power Rankings, this result was enough to push Finger up three spots to seventh this week.

Finger’s good friend Ole Schemion went in the other direction this week, falling five spots. Schemion’s Master Classics of Poker win in Amsterdam, when the series was run at the same time as the November Nine, reached the one year mark this week and half of the points for that cash fell from Schemion’s score. It’s a testament to how well the young German played before reaching the age of 21 that he’s still 11th in the Power Rankings after such a score loses credit.

The lone debut in the Power Rankings this week belongs to Riess, the new World Champion of poker. While his World Series of Poker Main Event victory obviously comprises the majority of his total score, Riess has several other significant results including a second place finish in the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event in 2012. Riess currently sits in 18th place.

BLUFF Power Rankings (As of November 9)

  1. Daniel Negreanu – 1,635.44 (-)
  2. Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,590.47 (-)
  3. Ravi Raghavan – 1,377.98 (-)
  4. Joe Kuether – 1,355.19 (-)
  5. Will Failla – 1,331.30 (+6)
  6. Mike Watson – 1,306.67 (-1)
  7. Martin Finger – 1,281.40 (+3)
  8. Vanessa Selbst – 1,267.81 (-1)
  9. Noah Schwartz – 1,209.31 (-1)
  10. David Peters – 1,195.55 (-1)
  11. Ole Schemion – 1,186.64 (-5)
  12. Jonathan Duhamel – 1,125.51 (-)
  13. Jeremy Ausmus – 1,099.65 (-)
  14. Philipp Gruissem – 1,063.10 (-)
  15. Shannon Shorr – 1,058.56 (-)
  16. Steve O’Dwyer – 1,049.45 (-)
  17. Alexander Lakhov – 1,035.68 (-)
  18. Ryan Riess – 983.74 (NR)
  19. Paul Volpe – 980.81 (-1)
  20. Justin Bonomo – 972.43 (-1)

Dropped From Rankings: Aaron Massey (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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