Power Rankings: Mike McDonald Surges from Aussie Millions

Mike McDonald burst into the top ten spots with two Aussie Millions final tables.

Mike McDonald burst into the top ten spots with two Aussie Millions final tables.

The current BLUFF Power Rankings still have Daniel Negreanu holding on to his lead as Marvin Rettenmaier and Joe Kuether form the chase pack trailing by under 300 POY points.

But Mike McDonald moved the meter the most by climbing up seven spots in the last week to land inside the top ten. McDonald had not even planned to attend the Aussie Millions but left at the last minute and turned in two final tables that netted him over $3 million.

First he finished runner-up to Yevgeniy Timoshenko in the $100,000 Challenge to earn $1.34 million and 175 POY points. The final table was an all-star affair that pitted some young super stars in McDonald and Doug “WCGRider” Polk against some of the game’s stalwarts – Negreanu, Erik Seidel and Patrik Antonius.

Then McDonald played in the $250,000 LK Boutique Challenge and finished in third place for $1.69 million and 125 POY points. The event exceeded all expectations and generated an amazing 46 entries to create a $10 million plus prize pool. Phil Ivey returned to his winning ways in the event with Isaac Haxton in second, followed by Negreanu, Fabian Quoss and Tom Dwan.

Scott Seiver gained five spots after his Aussie Millions trip saw him battle to the final table of the AU$10,000 Main Event. Ultimately, he finished in seventh place for $152,208 and 82.88 POY points. But Seiver’s trip was already in the black when he took his seat – he was part of a crazy five-handed deal at the final table of the $25,000 Challenge where he actually earned more for fifth place than winner Max Altergott.

$25,000 Challenge Deal Results

  1. Max Altergott – AU$241,785*
  2. Dan Smith – AU$278,414*
  3. Jason Mercier – AU$263,342*
  4. Martin Jacobson – AU$285,921*
  5. Scott Seiver – AU$265,538*

Shannon Shorr returned to the top 20 spots in the Power Rankings after he nearly won his first World Poker Tour title. He finished runner-up to James Calderaro in the Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main Event for $190,039 and 137.20 POY points. It was his third career TV table and he is just shy of $1 million in career WPT earnings with $983,561.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings  (as of February 15, 2014)

  1. Daniel Negreanu – 1,808.64 (-)
  2. Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,529.89 (+1)
  3. Joe Kuether – 1,517.28 (-1)
  4. David Peters – 1,422.80 (-)
  5. Dan Smith – 1,406.14 (-)
  6. Vanessa Selbst – 1,399.53 (-)
  7. Mike McDonald – 1,351.81 (+7)
  8. Ole Schemion – 1,330.80 (-1)
  9. Philipp Gruissem – 1,314.05 (-1)
  10. Mike Watson – 1,228.60 (-)
  11. Will Failla – 1,181.53 (-2)
  12. Ari Engel – 1,113.62 (-1)
  13. Scott Seiver – 1,079.15 (+5)
  14. Noah Schwartz – 1,077.22 (-2)
  15. Ravi Raghavan – 1,052.40 (-2)
  16. Paul Volpe – 1,016.58 (-1)
  17. Jeremy Ausmus – 1,006.67 (-1)
  18. Shannon Shorr – 1,002.93 (NR)
  19. Aaron Massey – 997.24 (-2)
  20. Roger Hairabedian – 996.08 (-1)

Dropped from Rankings: Steve O’Dwyer (20th).

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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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