Power Rankings: PCA Super High Roller – Sands, Gruissem now Top 20

David Sands finished second in the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PCA, which allowed him to crack the top 20 of the BLUFF Power Rankings this week. (Photo c/o PokerStars Blog)

We’re less than two weeks into 2013, but the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has already made its mark in kicking off this year in poker. The preliminary events have already had a dramatic effect on both the BLUFF Player of the Year race and the Power Rankings, as they have many times in the past.

The two new players on the list this week each made the final table of the $100,000 Super High Roller, the first event on the 2013 PCA schedule, and with that finish each earned their way into the top 20 of the BLUFF Power Rankings. German pro Philipp Gruissem has made a habit of putting up big performances in events with buy-ins of $10,000 or more over the last few years, with 10 final tables since April of 2011. He would take fifth in the Super High Roller to earn over $400,000 and a jump all the way to eighth place in the Power Rankings.

David Sands is no stranger to the Power Rankings either, spending a fair amount of time on this list in 2012, but with previous results falling away he was on the outside looking in as 2013 began. By finishing second to Scott Seiver in the Super High Roller, Sands earned his way back into the top 20 and claimed the number 17 spot on the list. Bertrand Grospellier, Michael Mizrachi and Phil Ivey each moved up this week as well, do to some end of year accounting corrections with their 2012 results.

Jonathan Duhamel and Shawn Buchanan each slipped two spots this week as some of their results at the PCA from the last two years lost value, and they’re each going to drop a bit more dramatically next week as bigger results pass the one year mark. Buchanan won the $10,000 Turbo event in 2012, while Duhamel’s three major final tables a year ago will also lose half of their value shortly.

With those deductions in the very near future and several big events still to come from the PCA, this list has the potential to shift fairly dramatically once again next week.

  1. Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,987.94 (-)
  2. Dan Smith – 1,403.09 (-)
  3. Phil Hellmuth – 1,290.57 (-)
  4. Bertrand Grospellier – 1,290.16 (+1)
  5. Will Failla – 1,268.85 (-1)
  6. Greg Merson – 1,170.68 (-1)
  7. Michael Mizrachi – 1,093.46 (+1)
  8. Philipp Gruissem – 1063.59 (NR)
  9. Jonathan Duhamel – 1,056.38 (-2)
  10. Joseph Cheong – 1,044.24 (-1)
  11. Jason Mercier – 1,018.50 (-1)
  12. Vanessa Selbst – 1,015.18 (-1)
  13. Phil Ivey – 1007.37 (+7)
  14. Shawn Buchanan – 997.35 (-2)
  15. Sam Razavi – 983.44 (-2)
  16. Dominik Nitsche – 978.21 (-2)
  17. David “Doc” Sands – 964.91 (NR)
  18. Joe Kuether – 953.36 (-3)
  19. Stephen O’Dwyer – 948.06 (-)
  20. Ole Schemion – 928.90 (-)
Dropped From Rankings: Antonio Esfandiari (18th), Andrew Lichtenberger (19th)


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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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