The 2012 World Series of Poker is officially underway, but the BLUFF Player of the Year race was affected in a big way by the World Poker Tour Championship. Three different players cracked the top 20 with their performance in that tournament, the biggest jump belonging to the winner, Marvin Rettenmaier.
Rettenmaier jumped more than 30 spots with his WPT Championship victory, earning over 300 points to make his 2012 debut on the list in fourth place. He’s no stranger to the BLUFF POY race either, having contended for the title in 2011 before ultimately finishing in seventh place. Despite winning $1.2 million Saturday, he was right back on the grind and registered for Event 2, a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament Monday afternoon.
Moon Kim finished in seventh place, narrowly missing out on the televised final table and the WPT Player of the Year award, but he earned enough points with that cash to jump to 18th in the BLUFF POY race heading into the WSOP. Steve O’Dwyer made the third WPT final table of his career and finished fifth at the WPT Championship, giving him enough points to claim 20th place in this week’s rankings.
The overall lead in the BLUFF POY race as the WSOP gets underway still belongs to Jonathan Duhamel. The 2010 Main Event champion has been on a tear thus far in 2012, but the WSOP will do more to determine the race than any other event or series throughout the rest of the year. With qualifying events almost every day for the next two months, the BLUFF Player of the Year award is still anyone’s to win.
Be sure to check out the BLUFF Mobile App to keep up with the BLUFF Player of the Year race and everything going at the 2012 WSOP. You can also read about how crazy the last year has been for Duhamel in the latest issue of BLUFF, which you can read for free via the app as it appears in the magazine.
Here is the list of the current top 20 in the BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings:
( ) – Change in Position
- (-) Jonathan Duhamel – 713.30
- (-) Oliver Speidel – 669.81
- (-) Dan Smith – 664.26
- (NR) Marvin Rettenmaier – 611.80
- (-1) Andrew Chen – 503.37
- (-1) Joe Kuether – 471.87
- (-1) Will Failla – 457.35
- (-1) John Dolan – 455.70
- (-1) Dan Kelly – 453.35
- (-1) John Dibella – 450.75
- (-1) Sean Jazayeri – 441.88
- (-1) Daniel Negreanu – 438.50
- (-1) Mohsin Charania – 430.35
- (-1) Ruben Visser – 422.00
- (-1) Justin Bonomo – 415.82
- (-1) Faraz Jaka – 403.03
- (-1) Bruno Lopes – 382.10
- (NR) Moon Kim – 372.36
- (-2) Bertrand Grospellier – 369.45
- (NR) Steve O’Dwyer – 360.20
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