Power Rankings: Kuether Climbs, Salsberg Cooling

Joe Kuether continues to rise up the ranks.

The current Top 20 BLUFF Power Rankings did not see much fluctuation over the past week but Joe Kuether continues to climb up the rankings. Kuether has climbed seven spots over the last two weeks in contrast to Matt Salsberg who ran super hot in 2013’s opening weeks but is now starting to appear mortal again. Poker superstar and BLUFF contributor  Antonio Esfandiari added to his already astronomical career earnings with a final table finish at the Bay 101 Shooting Star Classic Main Event.

Kuether has had a very profitable 2013 so far; racking up $207,975 in tournament earnings so far this year. He added to his three final tables with two wins with a sixth place finish in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event. He took home $162,240 for his efforts after finishing higher than Esfandiari, Athanansios “Call Me Tom” Polychronopoulos, Matt Stout, Christian Harder and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.

Salsberg was turning in results every week from mid-January until the LA Poker Classic wrapped in February. He had back-to-back sixth place finishes in the Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event and the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main Event. BLUFF talked with Salsberg last year in a two-part Pro’s Pro.

Esfandiari improved the most this week with moving up five spots in the rankings. He has been a resident of the top 20 for the better part of a year with his ability to run deep in highlight events. Most recently he picked up 57.8 points from ninth place finish at the Bay 101 Shooting Star Classic Main Event and earned $64,450.


Current Top 20 BLUFF Power Rankings

  1. Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,846.47 (-)
  2. Dan Smith – 1466.45 (-)
  3. Phil Hellmuth – 1,368.01 (-)
  4. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier – 1,303.76 (-)
  5. Vanessa Selbst – 1,254.38 (-)
  6. Ole Schemion – 1,237.67 (-)
  7. Michael Mizrachi – 1,176.10 (+1)
  8. Greg Merson – 1,170.68 (+1)
  9. Will Failla – 1,141.14 (-2)
  10. Philipp Gruissem – 1,073.09 (-)
  11. Joe Kuether – 1,072.54 (+2)
  12. Joseph Cheong – 1,044.25 (-1)
  13. Ravi Raghavan – 1,014.11 (-1)
  14. Antonio Esfandiari – 985.74 (+5)
  15. Michael “Sir Watts” Watson – 981.39 (-1)
  16. Dominik Nitsche – 971.21 (-)
  17. Matt Salsberg – 968.31 (-2)
  18. Shannon Shorr – 937.77 (-1)
  19. Aaron Massey – 934.36 (-1)
  20. Shawn Buchanan – 907.20 (NR)

Dropped from rankings: Andrew Lichtenberger

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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