March is officially here, and one of the busiest months of the year in poker is already making an impact on the BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings. The majority of the players in the top 20 moved in one direction or the other, but Marvin Rettenmaier made the most significant change of all.
The 2012 BLUFF Player of the Year added some points with his second final table in the month of February, finishing fourth in an $1,100 side event at the LA Poker Classic. Rettenmaier flipped spots with Joe Kuether, who dropped a few points after his strong results from the 2012 Wynn Poker Classic passed the two year mark and fell from his Power Rankings score.
David Peters and Dan Smith each dropped a few points but stayed put for the moment, in fourth and fifth respectively. Mike McDonald didn’t win $1 million in a tournament this week, but even his static score helped him move up one spot to sixth overall. The same can be said for Philipp Gruissem, who went up two spots to second, and the two biggest movers of the week, Shannon Shorr and Roger Hairabedian. After barely making the cut a week ago, Shorr is 15th and Hariabedian’s right behind him in 16th.
A lot of players dropped points this week – so much so that Aaron Massey managed to go up two spots simply by dropping fewer points than those around them. Vanessa Selbst’s performance at the 2012 LAPC passed the two year mark and caused her to fall two two spots to eighth – a similar fate to Ole Schemion, who stayed one spot behind Selbst as he fell to ninth this week as a major result from Germany hit a one year milestone.
Noah Schwartz owned the second-biggest drop of the week in the BLUFF Power Rankings, falling five spots to 19th. Schwartz finished fourth in the 2012 LAPC Main Event, for the second-largest live cash of his career, but it passes the two year mark this week and it no longer counts towards his position on this list.
Paul Volpe spent almost a full year in the top 20 of the BLUFF Power Rankings after his run in California, which started a year ago this week. After finishing second at the LAPC and third at Bay-101 in back to back WPT appearances over the course of two weeks, Volpe earned himself over $1 million. All good things must come to an end though, and they have in a big way for Volpe – he’s cascaded down the rankings and finds himself 18 places lower than he was a week ago, in 33rd place overall.
Things should continue to move around over the next four weeks, with five WPT events and EPT Vienna among the many tournament offerings on tap.
BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of February 22, 2014)
- Daniel Negreanu – 1,778.94 (-)
- Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,532.80 (+1)
- Joe Kuether – 1,491.31 (-1)
- David Peters – 1,403.67 (-)
- Dan Smith – 1,374.46 (-)
- Mike McDonald – 1,351.81 (+1)
- Philipp Gruissem – 1,314.05 (+2)
- Vanessa Selbst – 1,311.53 (-2)
- Ole Schemion – 1,297.36 (-1)
- Mike Watson – 1,248.10 (-)
- Will Failla – 1,126.20 (-)
- Ari Engel – 1,077.12 (-)
- Scott Seiver – 1,069.59 (-)
- Aaron Massey – 1,003.76 (+2)
- Shannon Shorr – 1,002.93 (+3)
- Roger Hairabedian – 996.08 (+3)
- Ravi Raghavan – 991.15 (+3)
- Jeremy Ausmus – 977.98 (-1)
- Noah Schwartz – 973.95 (-5)
- Martin Finger – 955.38 (NR)
Dropped from Rankings: Paul Volpe (15th)
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