Power Rankings: Big Shake Up as Duhamel’s Lead Disappears

The days of Will Failla looking up at Jonathan Duhamel in the Power Rankings could be numbered.

Since the last time we updated you on the BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings, there has been a seismic shift in the top 20. Seven different players posted enough results to climb the list, and while the top two remain the same the distance between them is about as razor thin as statistically possible.

Will Failla finished sixth at the WPT Jacksonville bestbet Open to retake the lead in the WPT Player of the Year race and all but overtook Jonathan Duhamel in the BLUFF Power Rankings at the same time. The difference between their point totals in this contest where 13 people have over 1,000 points is .04 points. To put that into perspective, a cash in a $300 tournament with 70 players would be good for 1.25 points, so any further cashes by Failla in almost any tournament in the world would put him ahead of Duhamel.

The rest of the top ten saw a fairly dramatic shakeup thanks to events on the EPT over the last several weeks. Bertrand Grospellier moved up two spots to the number three in the Power Rankings thanks to a win in a €10,000 8-handed event in Berlin and a 3rd place finish in the Monte Carlo Super High Roller. There’s a new person in fourth as well; Marvin Rettenmaier moved up five spots from 9th to 4th thanks to a 3rd place finish in a €10,000 8-handed event in Monte Carlo and won a €2,000 side event at Monte Carlo as well.

The biggest jump of the week was made by Chris Moorman, who finished 2nd in the same event where Rettenmaier finished third in Monte Carlo. The €145,200 cash was good enough to improve his position by seven places, jumping all the way up to seventh. Vanessa Selbst, thanks to an update that included her win in a $5,000 event from back at LAPC and a deep run in EPT Berlin Main Event moved up two spots to ninth.

Three new players have risen into the top twenty, including two more beneficiaries of the side events in Monte Carlo. Daniel Negreanu jumped all the way up to 12th place thanks to a second place finish in the €25,000 event there, while Philipp Gruissem’s third place finish moved him up to 19th. Oleksii Kovalchuk is now in 17th place after his IPT San Remo Main Event win was added.

Five players slipped down the list after past results fell away or lost value. The biggest drop was David Sands, who slipped ten spots from sixth to 16th. Shawn Buchanan (-3), Matt Waxman (-3) Jason Mercier (-2), and Allen Kessler (-2) each lost ground on the leaders, with Mercier and Kessler on the verge of falling out of the top 20 completely.

Three players couldn’t avoid that fate this week. Justin Young is just on the outside looking in in 22nd place, Michael Mizrachi is right behind him in 24th, and David Peters fell the furthest down the list in 27th place.

The EPT season may be over, but the WPT and WSOP Circuit have a little more to do before the 2012 World Series of Poker gets underway, which should make for some more big changes in the Power Rankings.

Here is how the BLUFF Power Rankings stand as of May 3rd:
( ) – Change in Position

  1. (-) Jonathan Duhamel – 1,380.38
  2. (-) Will Failla – 1,380.34
  3. (+2) Bertrand Grospellier – 1,357.91
  4. (+5) Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,306.75
  5. (-1) Steve O’Dwyer – 1,209.01
  6. (-3) Shawn Buchanan – 1,150.39
  7. (+7) Chris Moorman – 1,097.48
  8. (-1) Ben Lamb – 1,073.18
  9. (+2) Vanessa Selbst – 1,045.67
  10. (-) Sam Trickett – 1,032.70
  11. (-3) Matt Waxman – 1,016.54
  12. (NR) Daniel Negreanu – 1,007.97
  13. (-1) Eugene Katchalov – 1,002.82
  14. (-1) Pius Heinz – 971.79
  15. (-) Elio Fox – 943.85
  16. (-10) David Sands – 932.05
  17. (NR) Oleksii Kovalchuk – 914.17
  18. (-2) Jason Mercier – 905.22
  19. (NR) Philipp Gruissem – 901.48
  20. (-2) Allen Kessler – 896.16
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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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