The top twenty in the BLUFF Player of the Year race is starting to get overrun with some of the biggest names in the game. After a string of high buy-in events with stacked final tables at the PokerStars and Monte Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final, we have even more new names near the top of the ranks and you’ve certainly heard of at least a couple of our new contenders.
This past week was a busy one and, as a result, only two players remained in the same spot in the top twenty ranks. Jonathan Duhamel continues to lead and Oliver Speidel is holding on to second place, but they might want to watch out for Dan Smith. With three victories in EPT Grand Final side events, Smith is now up third in the ranks and only five points separate Smith and Speidel.
The other big move of the week belongs to the current BLUFF Magazine cover boy Will Failla. His sixth place finish at his second WPT final table of the season pushed him up to fifth in the race, his highest position of the year.
The bottom half of the top twenty is where you can find some of the most notable names in the ranks. Daniel Negreanu is sitting pretty in tenth place after his runner-up finish in the EPT High Roller event worth €598,600. The score is his third six-figure payday this year, all of which have come in High Roller and Super High Roller events. His streak in these events bodes well for Negreanu, as the WPT $100,000 Super High Roller is just a couple of weeks away.
Justin Bonomo also final tabled the EPT Grand Final High Roller event, finishing in fourth place. It was his third cash of the Monte Carlo series, along with a run in the Main Event and a win in the €100,000 Super High Roller event. With $2.5 million in winnings and three cashes, Bonomo is now up to 13th in the ranks.
The only other player to move up to the top twenty was Joe Kuether, who posted his 11th qualifying cash of the year by final tabling the Main Event of the MGM Grand series.
With Bellagio results from prelim events starting to pour in, plus the IPT San Remo Grand Final and the latest from the Unibet series, there could be more changes next week. What will really be interesting is to see just how much the WPT Championship at Bellagio affects the ranks as players rev up for the WSOP.
Here are the latest top twenty in the BLUFF Player of the Year race, brought to you by Aria Resort and Casino:
1. (-) Jonathan Duhamel – 713.30
2. (-) Oliver Speidel – 669.81
3. (+5) Dan Smith – 664.26
4. (-1) Andrew Chen – 503.37
5. (+8) Will Failla – 457.35
6. (-2) Dan Kelly – 453.35
7. (-2) John Dibella – 450.75
8. (-2) John Dolan – 444.50
9. (-2) Sean Jazayeri – 441.88
10. (NR) Daniel Negreanu – 438.50
11. (-2) Mohsin Charania – 430.35
12. (-2) Ruben Visser – 422.00
13. (NR) Justin Bonomo – 415.82
14. (-3) Faraz Jaka – 395.88
15. (+1) Joe Kuether – 383.62
16. (-4) Bruno Lopes – 382.10
17. (-3) Bertrand Grospellier – 369.45
18. (-3) Tommy Vedes – 350.63
19. (-2) Vadim Kursevich – 345.10
20. (-2) Kevin Vandersmissen – 342.42
Dropped from ranks: Jannick Wrang, Eric Sfez
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