POY: Negreanu Cushions his Lead, Schwartz Lands in Top Ten

Noah Schwartz's bracelet win pushed him into the top ten for POY.

Noah Schwartz’s bracelet win pushed him into the top ten for POY.

The current BLUFF Player of the Year standings saw Daniel Negreanu add to his lead with a cash in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event and Noah Schwartz‘s recent bracelet win added 168 POY points to his 2013 campaign.

Jeremy Ausmus cracked the top 20 while Joe Kuether and Matthew Ashton each climbed the rankings all due to deep runs at WSOPE. Also, Mike Watson flipped spots with Vanessa Selbst to regain his number two spot he had held for quite some time.

Negreanu’s determination to win WSOP Player of the Year saw him add stretch his lead to 161 points over the field. He finished in 25th place in the Main Event and quickly jumped into the High Roller – the last event to count towards the WSOP POY race. Negreanu needs to finish in eighth place or better to take the title away from Ashton. If Negreanu manages to pull off the feat he will be the first player to repeat WSOP POY after winning the title in 2004.

Watson was unseated at the second spot for just a few weeks following Selbst’s runner-up finish at the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open. He jumped back into the second spot after making the final table in a $2,705 No Limit Hold’em event – he finished in sixth place behind Roger Hairabedian and Erik Seidel.

Schwartz was considered by many as one of the best players without a bracelet – until he took down the Mixed Max Pot Limit Omaha event for $142,880 and 168 POY points. Just three days before his win he finished in fourth place in the Mixed Max NLHE event. The two scores elevated Schwartz into the top ten after not appearing in the top 20 all year.

Ausmus had back-to-back scores at WSOPE which saw him win his gold bracelet. His third career win pushed his career earnings past the $3.6 million mark and then he turned in another WSOP Main Event deep run with a 16th place finish in Enghein-les-Baines. Ausmus has had a great year with a dozen WSOP cashes – with at least one in each different series across the globe.

Keuther picked up a cash in the Mixed Max NLHE event for 63 POY points to move up three spots in the standings. Ashton picked up a pair of cashes – the $1,355 NLHE event and Mixed Max PLO events – to move five spots up in the rankings. The WSOPE cashes are the first he’s scored since wining the $50,000 Poker Players Championship event in Las Vegas for $1.7 million.

Current Top 20 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings

  1. Daniel Negreanu – 1,022.66 (-)
  2. Mike Watson – 861.32 (+1)
  3. Vanessa Selbst – 849.58 (-1)
  4. David Peters – 773.90 (-)
  5. Joe Kuether – 767.35 (+3)
  6. Ole Schemion – 762.62 (-1)
  7. Blair Hinkle – 750.97 (-1)
  8. Noah Schwartz – 747.03 (NR)
  9. Steve O’Dwyer – 742.62 (-2)
  10. Scott Seiver – 715.49 (-1)
  11. Martin Finger – 700.10 (-1)
  12. Justin Bonomo – 699.17 (-1)
  13. Paul Volpe – 696.82 (-1)
  14. Matthew Ashton – 674.26 (+5)
  15. Dani Stern – 670.53 (-2)
  16. Jeremy Ausmus – 669.70 (NR)
  17. Steven Silverman – 669.01 (-3)
  18. Marvin Rettenmaier – 658.54 (-3)
  19. Philipp Gruissem – 656.65 (-3)
  20. Dimitar Danchev – 655.25 (-3)

Dropped from Rankings: Griffin Benger (18th), David Vamplew (20th)

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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