Power Rankings: O’Dwyer to Fifth With EPT Grand Final Win

Jason Mercier made two of the three major final tables at the EPT Grand final, and won an Open Face Chinese Poker event to boot. (Photo c/o Joe Giron/PokerStars Blog)

Jason Mercier made two of the three major final tables at the EPT Grand final, and won an Open Face Chinese Poker event to boot. (Photo c/o Joe Giron/PokerStars Blog)

The EPT Grand Final is over, closing out Season 9 of the tour, but the three biggest events of the series have left a lasting impact on both the BLUFF Power Rankings and the 2013 BLUFF Player of the Year race.

The top four spots in the Power Rankings remain the same this week, but EPT Grand Final Main Event champion Steve O’Dwyer jumps all the way up to fifth this week with his victory. After hovering on either side of 20th for the last several months, O’Dwyer captured his first major title at his fourth career EPT final table, winning €1.2 million ($1.6 million) in the process.

Right behind him in sixth place is Vanessa Selbst, who moves up three spots thanks to her fourth place finish in the €25,000 High Roller at the EPT Grand Final. Mike Watson outlasted Erik Seidel on the bubble of the €100,000 EPT Super High Roller, earning almost $300,000 for his seventh place finish while earning enough points to move up four spots to eighth.

Daniel Negreanu continues to build on an impressive 2013, making his third major final table in two months in the Main Event of the EPT Grand Final. His fourth place finish pushes him over $1.6 million in tournament earnings for the year, and it also brings Negreanu back into the top 20 of the BLUFF Power Rankings.

Jason Mercier had one of the most impressive trips of anyone at the EPT Grand Final. He opened the series by winning an Open Face Chinese Poker event (which didn’t qualify for points), made the final table of the Main Event (where he finished seventh) and then got heads-up for the title in the Super High Roller. Mercier fell short of winning it, but he still took home the second-largest tournament cash of his career. It also vaulted him up to 16th in the Power Rankings.

With three poker heavyweights taking spots in the top 20, three others had to fall out. Fairly recent additions Aaron Massey, Aaron Lim and Jeremy Ausmus were the casualties in this case, with Dominik Nitsche hanging on to the number 20 spot thanks to a deep run in the Monaco Cup this week.

  1. Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,730.07 (-)
  2. Phil Hellmuth – 1,280.96 (-)
  3. Ole Schemion – 1,279.92 (-)
  4. Joseph Cheong – 1,262.87 (-)
  5. Steve O’Dwyer – 1256.92 (NR)
  6. Vanessa Selbst – 1,256.36 (+3)
  7. Philipp Gruissem – 1,217.74 (-2)
  8. Mike Watson – 1,177.79 (+4)
  9. Michael Mizrachi – 1,176.10 (-3)
  10. Greg Merson – 1,170.68 (-3)
  11. Dan Smith – 1,134.32 (-3)
  12. Daniel Negreanu – 1,112.16 (NR)
  13. Joe Kuether – 1,111.73 (-2)
  14. Will Failla – 1,110.59 (-4)
  15. Matt Salsberg – 1,067.97 (-2)
  16. Jason Mercier – 1,065.97 (NR)
  17. Antonio Esfandiari – 1,057.74 (-3)
  18. Paul Volpe – 1,053.67 (-3)
  19. Ravi Raghavan – 1033.46 (-3)
  20. Dominik Nitsche – 1006.68 (-2)

Dropped From Rankings: Aaron Massey (17th), Aaron Lim (19th), Jeremy Ausmus (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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