Two players who have spent a lot of time in the top 10 of the BLUFF Power Rankings slipped this week as sizable tournament results from the last two years hit thresholds that caused them to lose value.
Steve O’Dwyer and Philipp Gruissem have been two of the most consistently successful pros on the circuit over the last couple of years, but their achivements have a shelf-life in this rankings system. This week has been a big one for both O’Dwyer and Gruissem in each of the last two years, with multiple significant results for each player reaching the one or two-year mark to compound the severity of the drop.
O’Dwyer finished 2nd in the EPT London Main Event in 2011, the first of back-to-back EPT London Main Event final tables. An EPT title would elude O’Dwyer until May of this year, when he was victorious at the EPT Grand Final. It was also this week one year ago when O’Dwyer made the final table of the €50,000 Super High Roller at WSOP Europe, finishing seventh. Losing half-credit for each of these results dropped O’Dwyer out of the top 10, four spots lower than last week in 11th.
Gruissem also had a tremendous time in London two years ago, winning the £20,000 High Roller for over $700,000. He followed that up with two cashes at WSOP Europe in 2012, finishing 29th in the Main Event and fourth in the €50,000 Super High Roller.
O’Dwyer and Gruissem were trying to add to their impressive resumes in the £50,000 Super High Roller currently being played at EPT London, but both fell short. Gruissem made up nearly seven percent of the 57 entry field by himself by taking four shots, but it was a £200,000 decision gone wrong as he went 0-for-4. O’Dwyer made a deep run in the tournament, but finished three spots shy of the money in 11th place.
Joseph Cheong also managed a big fall this week, dropping seven spots and leaving the top 20 entirely. It’s bunched up from the number eight spot in the Power Rankings on down, making Cheong’s fourth place finish in the 2012 WSOP Europe Main Event passing the one-year mark into a costly event.
BLUFF Power Rankings (As of October 5)
- Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,573.87 (-)
- Mike Watson – 1,356.74 (-)
- Daniel Negreanu – 1,354.31 (-)
- Ole Schemion – 1.298.64 (-)
- Joe Kuether – 1,249.88 (-)
- Ravi Raghavan – 1,244.48 (-)
- Vanessa Selbst – 1,148.94 (+2)
- Will Failla – 1,104.35 (+2)
- David Peters – 1,091.99 (+2)
- Jonathan Duhamel – 1,089.86 (+2)
- Steve O’Dwyer – 1,087.96 (-4)
- Alexander Lakhov – 1.035.68 (+1)
- Aaron Massey – 1,032.16 (+2)
- Philipp Gruissem – 994.73 (-6)
- Justin Bonomo – 987.73 (+1)
- Paul Volpe – 980.81 (+1)
- Matt Salsberg – 969.82 (+1)
- Ari Engel – 954.97 (+1)
- Noah Schwartz – 952.54 (+1>)
- Michael Mizrachi – 950.44 (NR)
Dropped from Rankings: Joseph Cheong (14th)
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