Power Rankings: Negreanu Maintains Stranglehold on Top Spot

Daniel Negreanu is sitting pretty on the top of the BLUFF Power Rankings, the same spot he's had for over three consecutive months.

Daniel Negreanu is sitting pretty on the top of the BLUFF Power Rankings, the same spot he’s had for over three consecutive months.

The year Daniel Negreanu put together in 2013 rivals any other in his or most any other poker players careers. In earned him BLUFF Player of the Year honors in 2013, and it’s kept him in the top spot in the BLUFF Power Rankings for more than three months running.

Negreanu’s been top dog since December 14, but the race for second has been a back-and-forth affair between Marvin Rettenmaier and Joe Kuether. Rettenmaier stays in second for this week, but Kuether closed the gap significantly with a second place finish in a $2,000 side event at Bay 101 – a result that also earned Kuether $86,550 and his seat in the Bay 101 Shooting Star. David Peters finished ninth in that tournament, putting him closer to the top spot but keeping Peters in fourth for the time being.

The entire top five remained in the same order, in fact. The highest player on the list to make a move was Vanessa Selbst, who rose to sixth after benefiting from small drops by Mike McDonald and Philipp Gruissem. Mike Watson’s results from EPT London in March of 2013 passed the one year mark and cost him points, but he managed to hold on to the final spot in the top 10.

Jeremy Ausmus and Will Failla switched spots and now sit in 11th and 12th, respectively. Failla’s fall came thanks to his HPT Missouri win from 2012 passing the two year mark, making it a non-factor in his overall score.

The last of the movement came at the very bottom of the list, at spots 19 and 20. Paul Volpe and Matt Waxman both dropped out of the top 20, with Noah Schwartz and Jacob Schindler cracking the list after just missing the last time around.

With three EPT events and three WPT events set to finish by the end of April, among a host of other events, the BLUFF Power Rankings should look a lot different once the WSOP rolls around in late May.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of March 24, 2014)

  1. Daniel Negreanu – 1,778.94 (-)
  2. Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,528.25 (-)
  3. Joe Kuether – 1,508.25 (-)
  4. David Peters – 1,422.72 (-)
  5. Dan Smith – 1,374.46 (-)
  6. Vanessa Selbst – 1,311.53 (+2)
  7. Mike McDonald – 1,310.16 (-1)
  8. Philipp Gruissem – 1,306.83 (-1)
  9. Ole Schemion – 1,297.36 (-)
  10. Mike Watson – 1,188.95 (-)
  11. Jeremy Ausmus – 1,131.98 (+1)
  12. Will Failla – 1,111.46 (-1)
  13. Ari Engel – 1,105.12 (-)
  14. Scott Seiver – 1,055.47 (-)
  15. Ravi Raghavan – 1,011.40 (-)
  16. Shannon Shorr – 1,002.93 (-)
  17. Aaron Massey – 983.89 (-)
  18. Roger Hairabedian – 981.68 (-)
  19. Noah Schwartz – 973.95 (NR)
  20. Jacob Schindler – 969.15 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Paul Volpe (19th), Matt Waxman (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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