POY: Negreanu Hangs On to Top Spot, Gruissem Shines in High Rollers

Daniel Negreanu leads BLUFF Player of the Year going to WSOP Europe.

Daniel Negreanu leads BLUFF Player of the Year going to WSOP Europe.

The current BLUFF Player of the Year standings are just beginning to feel the effects from the World Series of Poker Europe and EPT London. Daniel Negreanu is still on top with a small cushion over Vanessa Selbst and Mike Watson.

The top spots remained idle while the bottom half saw some shuffling with Steven Silverman, Philipp Gruissem and David Vamplew moving up in the rankings.

It’s no secret that Negreanu is out to win the POY title, but to win the WSOP Player of the Year title powered by BLUFF he’ll need to cash relatively deep in the final events at WSOPE. He moved into the top spot of the BLUFF POY standings in early September after a second place finish at the EPT Barcelona High Roller for $346,095 and 209 POY points.

Silverman climbed a few spots following his 76th place finish in the EPT London Main Event. He has two big wins on the year so far – the first WPT Alpha8 event (which he didn’t earn any POY points due to field size) and the EPT Grand Final High Roller. Outside his wins he has three other final tables in 2013 at the PCA, EPT Deauville and the World Series of Poker.

Gruissem moved up two spots, just edging out Dimitar Danchev with a 22nd place finish at the EPT London High Roller. Gruissem has been killing high roller events this year with five cashes totaling over $1.5 million. His smallest cash on the year was for $16,403 at the March EPT London $7,455 Main Event.

Vamplew earned his way into the top 20 through his recent trips to EPT London and EPT Barcelona. In London, he finished in 57th place in the Main Event for 16 POY points and then in Barcelona he finished third in a Turbo side event for 81 POY points. He passed on going to WSOP Europe to play in the Asian Championship of Poker in Macau later on this month. Vamplew has four final tables in ten cashes in 2013.

Current Top 20 BLUFF Player of the Year

  1. Daniel Negreanu – 1,014.16 (-)
  2. Vanessa Selbst – 849.58 (-)
  3. Mike Watson – 833.44 (-)
  4. David Peters – 773.90 (-)
  5. Ole Schemion – 762.62 (-)
  6. Blair Hinkle – 750.97 (-)
  7. Steve O’Dwyer – 742.62 (-)
  8. Joe Kuether – 729.32 (-)
  9. Scott Seiver – 715.49 (-)
  10. Martin Finger – 700.10 (-)
  11. Justin Bonomo – 699.17 (-)
  12. Paul Volpe – 696.82 (-)
  13. Dani Stern – 670.53 (-)
  14. Steven Silverman – 669.01 (+2)
  15. Marvin Rettenmaier – 658.54 (-1)
  16. Philipp Gruissem – 656.65 (+2)
  17. Dimitar Danchev – 655.25 (-2)
  18. Griffin Benger – 652.53 (-1)
  19. Matthew Ashton – 648.00 (-)
  20. David Vamplew – 619.58 (NR)

Dropped from Rankings: Blake Bohn (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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