POY: Mike Watson Debuts in 4th, EPT Deauville Makes Big Impact

Mike Watson won a Pot Limit Omaha event at the Aussie Millions, giving him three final table appearances already in 2013 and propelling Watson to fourth in the BLUFF Player of the Year race.

Another busy week in the world of poker led to another serious shake-up in the 2013 BLUFF Player of the Year race. A couple of familiar faces join the fray in the top 20 this week, along with a few players you might be seeing quite a bit of as the year moves on.

The highest debut belongs to Mike Watson, who followed up to cashes at the PCA with a pair of strong results at the Aussie Millions. Watson recorded his first win of the year in a Pot Limit Omaha event in Melbourne, and added a third place finish in the last turbo event of the series to make it three final tables already in 2013. The latter didn’t count for POY points, but that victory coupled with his third place finish in the $25,000 High Roller at the PCA was enough to send him up the ranks.

It was quite a week for French pro Remi Castaignon, who took home a first place prize of over $1 million in the EPT Deauville Main Event. Castaignon had never had so much as a five-figure live cash up to that point in his career, but by capturing his first major title he also grabbed the number six spot in the POY standings. Vojtech Ruzicka won the German Championship of Poker Grand Final Main Event in 2012, but notched the biggest victory of his career in the High Roller in Deauville, and that victory got him up to 15th in the POY race.

Bryn Kenney has four cashes already in 2013, finishing sixth in the PCA $25,000 High Roller, making a deep run in the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event, and cashing twice in Deauville. It was the second of those two results, a fifth place finish in the EPT Deauville High Roller, that pushed Kenney into 16th place. Jonas Lauck claims the fifth and final new entry into the top 20 after winning the France Poker Series High Roller, which was part of a series that led directly into EPT Deauville. It was the second largest cash of Lauck’s career, after his victory in the Caesars Palace Mega Stack Series Main Event at the end of the summer in 2012.

Dimitar Danchev padded his lead ever-so-slightly this week, recording his first cash since his victory in the PCA Main Event by finishing 11th in a €1,000 side event at EPT Deauville. Five players dropped from the top 20 this week, including English pro Rupert Elder.

  1. Dimitar Danchev – 434.65 (-)
  2. Mervin Chan – 393.00 (-)
  3. Vanessa Selbst – 336.00 (-)
  4. Mike Watson – 315.90 (NR)
  5. Vladimir Troyanovsky – 312.20 (-1)
  6. Remi Castaignon – 306.00 (NR)
  7. Joel Micka – 299.25 (-2)
  8. Joe Cabret – 288.75 (-2)
  9. Tobias Reinkemeier – 286.58 (-2)
  10. Shannon Shorr – 283.88 (-2)
  11. Scott Seiver – 275.00 (-2)
  12. Sam Trickett – 275.00 (-2)
  13. Andy Hwang – 265.00 (-2)
  14. James Anderson – 257.35 (-2)
  15. Vojtech Ruzicka – 253.00 (NR)
  16. Bryn Kenney – 248.52 (NR)
  17. Ole Schemion – 241.89 (-4)
  18. Dan Shak – 234.30  (-4)
  19. Steve Tripp – 231.36 (-4)
  20. Jonas Lauck – 227.28 (NR)
Dropped from Rankings: Jeff Fielder (16th), Jerry Wong (17th), Tyler Reiman (18th), Rupert Elder (19th), Joe Ardagna (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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