The BLUFF Power Rankings stayed exactly the same with one small exception during the last week. The last week of July is always one of the slowest weeks of tournament poker for this or any other year, and that was reflected in the standings. No one joined or left the top 20 spots in the standings, and 19 players have exactly the same amount of points they held last week.
This means that Marvin Rettenmaier is still out in front with 1,600.18 points, with Vanessa Selbst and Will Failla rounding out the top three spots. Big name stars like Bertrand Grospellier, Daniel Negreanu, and two-time World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship winner Michael Mizrachi still reside in the top 10.
Tommy Vedes was the lone mover and shaker in the last week and he jumped nine spots in the standings from 20th to 12th place. Vedes took fourth place out of a field of 188 in the Florida State Poker Championship $5,300 No Limit Hold’em Main Event on Monday and he earned 91.5 points to go along with $94,340 in prize money. That took him to 965.57 points in the Power Rankings, and his 2012 haul now stands at 660.57, which puts him in eighth place overall in the 2012 POY race. Vedes has nine cashes in 2012 and the bulk of his points came when he won the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event in April to take home 315.0 points.
The rise of Vedes moved down one spot each of the eight players he hopped over to get into the top dozen. Phil Ivey dropped to 13th place with his 945.35 points and since all of his points come from results in 2012 he is a strong factor in the BLUFF Player of the Year race in second place. Current POY leader Dan Smith is out in front of Ivey in ninth place in the Power Rankings as well, in large part because Ivey earned no points during his mostly boycotted 2011 tournament poker run.
Next week will see the conclusion of the first WPT event of Season XI, the Merit Cyprus Classic, and we should see some new movement again as a result.
BLUFF Power Rankings
( ) – Change in Position
- Marvin Rettenmaier – 1600.18 (-)
- Vanessa Selbst – 1498.22 (-)
- Will Failla – 1271.15 (-)
- Stephen O’Dwyer – 1156.15 (-)
- Bertrand Grospellier – 1070.88 (-)
- Daniel Negreanu – 1050.15 (-)
- Jonathan Duhamel – 1049.12 (-)
- Oleksii Kovalchuk – 1021.32 (-)
- Dan Smith – 984.09 (-)
- Michael Mizrachi – 983.31 (-)
- Sam Trickett – 974.68 (-)
- Tommy Vedes – 965.57 (+9)
- Phil Ivey – 945.35 (-1)
- Andrew Frankenberger – 941.06 (-1)
- Shawn Buchanan – 936.08 (-1)
- Matthew Waxman – 901.54 (-1)
- Daniel Buzgon – 895.66 (-1)
- Phil Hellmuth – 886.53 (-1)
- Chris Moorman – 883.64 (-1)
- Andrew Badecker – 882.55 (-1)
Dropped from the rankings: None
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