Power Rankings: WPT Five Diamond Classic Shuffles Top 20

Shawn Buchanan rocketed up the ranks after finishing 2nd at WPT Five Diamond.

Another week has come and gone and nothing has changed inside the top five places. Marvin Rettenmaier continues to be the player to beat after his WPT and EPT Main Event wins earlier this year. Dan Smith‘s back-to-back-to-back wins in $5,000 events brings him the closest, but he’s still almost 400 points behind.

Just one last major event, EPT Prague, could shuffle the power rankings if Smith was to earn an outright win. Smith is in Prague to play the event along with Jason MercierBertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Jonathan Duhamel.

The Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic was responsible for Shawn Buchanan and Andrew Lichtenberger cracking the top twenty spots and Antonio Esfandiari found himself back in the top of the rankings with his fourth place finish after slipping last week.

Buchanan was buried in the mid-40s in the power rankings until he finished runner-up to Ravi Raghavan at the Bellagio. His year included a win in a $10,000 Six Max event at the PCA in January, a final table in Event 22 at the WSOP and a cash in the WSOP Main Event.

Lichtenberger collected 145.4 points for his fifth place finish at the WPT Five Diamond propelling him from 40th place in the rankings just a week ago. Lichtenberger cashed in the WSOP eight times with two final tables and brought back in the money finishes from EPT and Partouche Poker Tour events.

  1. Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,780.27 (-)
  2. Dan Smith – 1,403.09 (-)
  3. Phil Hellmuth – 1,290.57 (-)
  4. Will Failla – 1,272.45 (-)
  5. Greg Merson – 1,170.68 (-)
  6. Michael Mizrachi – 1,085.76 (+1)
  7. Bertrand Grospellier – 1,063,09 (+1)
  8. Joseph Cheong – 1,044.24 (+1)
  9. Jonathan Duhamel – 1,035.48 (+1)
  10. Stephen O’Dwyer – 1,016.66 (+1)
  11. Vanessa Selbst – 1,015.18 (-5)
  12. Shawn Buchanan – 1,008.04 (NR)
  13. Dominik Nitsche – 978.21 (-1)
  14. Philipp Gruissem – 968.59 (-1)
  15. Joe Kuether – 953.36 (-1)
  16. Jason Mercier – 941.22 (+2)
  17. Ole Schemion – 928.90 (-1)
  18. Antonio Esfandiari – 927.94 (NR)
  19. Andrew Lichtenberger – 919.48 (NR)
  20. Phil Ivey – 916.67 (-3)
Dropped from Rankings: John Juanda (20th), Oleksii Kovalchuck (18th), Daniel Negreanu (15th)
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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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