Power Rankings: Ole Schemion Bumps Daniel Negreanu from Top Spot

Ole Schemion tops the BLUFF Power Rankings (Photo courtesy of PokerStars)

Ole Schemion tops the BLUFF Power Rankings (Photo courtesy of PokerStars)

At the age of just 21, Ole Schemion has already won $5.1 million, earned 10 victories and finished in the top 10 of the BLUFF Player of the Year race two years running. This week Schemion adds another serious notch to his belt by dethroning Daniel Negreanu and taking over as the number one player in the BLUFF Power Rankings.

Fellow German Philipp Gruissem also made a big move, climbing seven spots to land at fourth in the rankings and Scott Seiver climbed five spots to land at tenth place. The new rankings also have every player in the top 20 with over 1,000 points.

Keven Stammen found himself inside the top 20 spots for the first time while Jan Bendik and Thomas Muhlocker re-appeared on the list after coming and going and handful of times. The scores are so tight between the top ten players that anyone of them could easily find their way to the top spot with a deep run in a large tournament.

Schemion has had a year any pro player would drool over and he’s about to play his first World Series of Poker this summer. Schemion won the EPT Player of the Year title for Season Ten with some incredible feats. He cashed in the Super High Roller, Main Event and the High Roller events at three separate stops – Barcelona, PCA and Grand Final. He made nine final tables on the tour and secured five-figure cashes 14 times and only had one one cash outside the EPT over past year.

Gruissem secured to big cashes at the EPT Grand Final with a 72nd place finish in the Main Event for $26,562 and then won the High Roller to book another $1.37 million to his career totals. The Grand Final netted him 298 POY points He is just $206 shy of having $10 million in career earnings that really didn’t take off until mid-2011. Since October Gruissem three wins and one third place in high roller events with buy-ins over $25,000.

Seiver moved his way up the rankings with a successful April. He took 21st in the WPT World Championship for $33,967 and 14.30 POY points. He then traveled to Monte Carlo where he won a Turbo PLO event (but didn’t qualify for POY points) for nearly $80,000 and then finished runner-up to Gruissem in the High Roller for $1.18 million and 197.40 POY points.

Stammen had a huge windfall with his $1.35 million win at the WPT World Championship for 286 POY points. That combined with his runner finish at the Queen City Classic for $94,932 and 115.5 POY points and a third place finish at the WPT Lucky Hearts Open for $122,197 and 98 POY points propelled him to 13th place on the list. Stammen will look to add to his totals in the upcoming World Series of Poker.

BLUFF Poker Power Rankings (as of May 5, 2014)

  1. Ole Schemion – 1,487.95 (+2)
  2. Daniel Negreanu – 1,462.39 (-1)
  3. Joe Kuether – 1,409.49 (+1)
  4. Philipp Gruissem – 1,394.33 (+7)
  5. Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,375.10 (-3)
  6. Mike McDonald – 1,360.54 (-)
  7. Vanessa Selbst – 1,330.33 (-)
  8. David Peters – 1,280.55 (-3)
  9. Roger Hairabedian – 1,234.60 (+1)
  10. Scott Seiver – 1,235.05 (+5)
  11. Mukul Pahuja – 1,167.19 (-2)
  12. Martin Finger – 1,153.34 (+2)
  13. Keven Stammen – 1,151.22 (NR)
  14. Dan Smith – 1,127.33 (-6)
  15. Mike Watson – 1,071.15 (-2)
  16. Will Failla – 1,062.86 (-4)
  17. Jeremy Ausmus – 1,033.88 (-)
  18. Ari Engel – 1,030.06 (-2)
  19. Jan Bendik – 1,010.78 (NR)
  20. Thomas Muhlocker – 1,008.60 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Noah Schwartz (18th), Shannon Shorr (19th) and Ravi Raghavan (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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