POY: Marvin Rettenmaier Leads After Historic Back-to-Back WPT Wins

Marvin Rettenmaier celebrated his second consecutive WPT victory in Cyprus, and recaptured the BLUFF POY lead in the process (Photo c/o World Poker Tour)

Marvin Rettenmaier started the summer with the biggest victory of his career in the WPT Championship, winning over $1 million and taking the BLUFF Player of the Year lead into the World Series of Poker. He put together several deep runs throughout the WSOP, but Phil Ivey put together two of the most ridiculous weeks in recent memory to grab the lead, and Dan Smith overtook the both of them with a strong showing late in the WSOP to end the series with a slim lead.

Just a few weeks later, with the post-WSOP schedule kicked off in earnest in the WPT’s Season XI debut in Cyprus, Rettenmaier made history. He started off just as he ended Season X, earning back-to-back WPT Main Event titles and securing a return to the top of the 2012 BLUFF POY race in the process. Rettenmaier’s success over the last two years is unrivaled, as he leads both the POY race and the BLUFF Power Rankings, with a seventh place finish in the 2011 POY race to boot.

There were changes elsewhere in the top 20 as well, with two new players joining the fray. Erik Cajelais narrowly missed out on the final table in the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic, losing a coinflip to Rettenmaier with seven players left to go out on the final table bubble. Cajelais still earned enough points to debut in this week’s rankings at number 16.

November Nine alumni John Dolan continues to put together a quietly strong year, as he re-entered the top 20 this week as well. His final table appearance in the 2012 World Poker Open at the Gold Strike in Mississippi earned him enough points to bring him up to 18th place in this week’s POY update.

With two new entries, a pair of young pros were bumped from the list this week. After a WSOP in which he made three final tables Andrew Lichtenberger was sitting pretty, but he’s now on the outside looking in. Mohsin Charania won the EPT Grand Final earlier this year, but he finds himself in a similar position as well.

With more than four months of tournament action still to come in 2012, there is still plenty of time for the two of them or a whole host of other players to make a run at the title. With the WPT season already underway and the EPT not far off the race is just starting to heat up.

(-) Change from last week

  1. Marvin Rettenmaier – 1026.47 (+2)
  2. Dan Smith – 946.71 (-1)
  3. Phil Ivey – 904.17 (-1)
  4. Jonathan Duhamel – 795.80 (-)
  5. Vanessa Selbst – 697.70 (-)
  6. Kyle Julius – 694.43 (-)
  7. Oliver Speidel – 669.81 (-)
  8. Tommy Vedes – 660.57 (-)
  9. Joe Kuether – 647.04 (-)
  10. Daniel Negreanu – 638.96 (-)
  11. Bruno Lopes – 595.85 (-)
  12. Michael Mizrachi – 594.82 (-)
  13. David “ODB” Baker – 551.08 (-)
  14. John Monnette – 546.70 (-)
  15. Dan Kelly – 545.95 (-)
  16. Erik Cajelais – 544.66 (NR)
  17. Will Failla – 543.75 (-1)
  18. John Dolan – 531.36 (NR)
  19. Brock Parker – 539.06 (-2)
  20. Sean Jazayeri – 530.98 (-2)

Dropped from the rankings: Andrew Lichtenberger (19), Mohsin Charania (20)

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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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