POY: EPT Grand Final Super High Roller Final Table Boosts Watson, Seiver

Things are looking up for Scott Seiver, who moved up to ninth in the BLUFF Player of the Year race with his finish in the €100,000 EPT Grand Final Super High Roller. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

Things are looking up for Scott Seiver, who moved up to ninth in the BLUFF Player of the Year race with his finish in the €100,000 EPT Grand Final Super High Roller. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

Just nine days remain until the start of the 2013 World Series of Poker, which will do quite a bit to shape the 2013 BLUFF Player of the Year race, but before the action gets underway at the Rio there are a few more major tournaments that have and will affect POY.

The most significant changes in this week’s POY update stem from the €100,000 Super High Roller that closed out the EPT Grand Final. The top four finishers, which included winner Max Altergott, Jason Mercier, Sorel Mizzi and Timothy Adams, did not crack the top 20, but the bottom three finishers in the money each made a big move by making the final table.

Mike Watson cracked the top five by finishing seventh, moving up five places from 10th a week ago. After sliding five spots last week, Scott Seiver jumped eight spots to ninth in the POY race with his sixth place finish in Monte Carlo. After several weeks outside of the top 20, Vladimir Troyanovsky returned to the top 20 by finishing fifth, yet another in a long line of High Roller cashes for the Russian.

James Anderson has had a lot of success on the East Coast in 2013, with his biggest score of the year resulting from his second place finish in the Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event back in January. Anderson finished second in a $500 event at the Parx Big Stax II series, keeping himself in the top 20 despite several players moving up. Anderson is one of the first players to reach the cap of qualifying POY cashes with 10 before the halfway mark of the year, meaning he’s going to have to work a little bit harder to continue to move up.

Jeff Fielder rejoins the top 20 this week with a second place finish in a $1,000 side event at the final stop of the WSOP Circuit season in New Orleans. The WSOPC has been kind to Fielder this year, as he won one of the biggest Main Events in Choctaw and followed it up with another Main Event final table in Las Vegas. Recent WPT winner Mike Linster and Blake Bohn both fell from the top 20 with Troyanovsky and Fielder returning to the ranks of the closest contenders.

  1. Paul Volpe – 638.32 (-)
  2. Aaron Lim – 606.65 (-)
  3. Steven Silverman – 534.46 (-)
  4. Daniel Negreanu – 532.04 (-)
  5. Mike Watson – 530.20 (+5)
  6. Steve O’Dwyer – 523.60 (-1)
  7. Ole Schemion – 518.40 (-3)
  8. Griffin Benger – 485.75 (-3)
  9. Scott Seiver – 479.37 (+8)
  10. Vanessa Selbst – 473.28 (-2)
  11. Kevin Eyster – 465.45 (-2)
  12. Paul Klann – 449.25 (-1)
  13. Dimitar Danchev – 448.45 (-5)
  14. James Anderson – 433.51 (+5)
  15. Jeff Fielder – 424.59 (NR)
  16. Jan Bendik – 419.95 (-2)
  17. Vladimir Troyanovsky – 416.70 (NR)
  18. Alexander Lakhov – 414.48 (-4)
  19. Philipp Gruissem – 393.95 (-5)
  20. Mervin Chan – 393.00 (-5)

Dropped From Rankings: Mike Linster (18th), Blake Bohn (20th)

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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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