Power Rankings: Negreanu Retakes Lead, Peters Jumps to Third

David Peters Eureka High Roller win in Prague moves him into contention in the BLUFF Power Rankings.

David Peters’ Eureka High Roller win in Prague moves him into contention in the BLUFF Power Rankings.

Current BLUFF Player of the Year leader Daniel Negreanu retakes the lead in the BLUFF Power Rankings as several results from Marvin Rettenmaier, including last year’s EPT Prague High Roller win, decreased in value.

Last week continued the recent trend of massive movement among the top 20 with only one player – Will Failla – maintaining their position from the past week. The adjustments in Power Rankings points stem mainly from events during the European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour’s visit to Prague as results move past the one and two-year milestones.

The biggest jump from within the top twenty came from David Peters, chopping the Eureka Poker Tour High Roller in Prague with Jan Bendik, each pocketing over $180,000. Peters also had a cash in the Eureka Poker Tour Main Event to help offset a cash from a side event at last year’s EPT Prague festival, moving him to third. Bendik is one of four new entries in this week’s top twenty as he occupies 17th place. Paul Volpe, returns to the BLUFF Power Rankings leaderboard in 19th place with a third place finish in the same event.

The highest newcomer to the list is 2012 BLUFF Player of the Year runner-up Dan Smith after his win at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas moves him back into the top ten.

The final newcomer to the BLUFF Power Rankings this week is Aaron Massey, re-entering in 15th place after a runner-up finish at the Heartland Poker Tour season finale in Gary, Indiana.

Besides Negreanu and Peters, only Ravi Raghavan moved upwards in the standings, finishing 23rd in his defense of the WPT Five Diamond victory. That result helped reverse the downward slide he suffered after falling ten spots in last week.

Several events on next week’s schedule could see further upheaval in the standings. The EPT Prague Main Event and High Roller highlight the tournament schedule, along with a pair of World Poker Tour events in Prague and South Korea as this year’s poker calendar comes to its conclusion.

BLUFF Power Rankings (As of December 14)

  1. Daniel Negreanu – 1,635.44 (+1)
  2. Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,477.99 (-1)
  3. David Peters – 1,413.45 (+5)
  4. Joe Kuether – 1,347.00 (-1)
  5. Philipp Gruissem – 1,338.10 (-1)
  6. Will Failla – 1,294.28 (-)
  7. Mike Watson – 1,267.55 (-2)
  8. Ole Schemion – 1,197.84 (-1)
  9. Dan Smith – 1,194.59 (NR)
  10. Vanessa Selbst – 1,177.81 (-1)
  11. Ravi Raghavan – 1,110.58 (+2)
  12. Martin Finger – 1,097.33 (-2)
  13. Noah Schwartz – 1,086.19 (-1)
  14. Jonathan Duhamel – 1,060.12 (-3)
  15. Aaron Massey – 1,053.34 (NR)
  16. Shannon Shorr – 1,053.27 (-2)
  17. Jan Bendik – 1,052.01 (NR)
  18. Scott Seiver – 1,050.17 (-3)
  19. Paul Volpe – 1,015.80 (NR)
  20. Ari Engel – 1,011.97 (-3)

Dropped from Rankings: Steve O’Dwyer (16th), Jeremy Ausmus (18th), Matt Salsberg (19th), Jason Koon (20th)

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