POY: Riess Joins Top 5 After Main Event Win; Finger, Failla Gain Ground

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While the 2013 BLUFF Player of the Year race looks to be something of a blowout thanks to Daniel Negreanu’s tremendous year to date, there are a growing number of players with strong results that are one major win away from being a serious threat.

Ryan Riess joins that discussion this week after his World Series of Poker Main Event victory. While the Main Event champion has never won BLUFF POY, Greg Merson took third in 2012 and Pius Heinz finished 10th in 2011, putting themselves into contention because of their win on the biggest stage in poker.

Riess quickly joins a four-person scrum for second place, debuting in fourth place overall in the 2013 BLUFF POY standings. David Peters, Mike Watson, Riess and Vanessa Selbst are with 19 points of each other, the equivalent of one small cash in a major event.

Just outside that group is Martin Finger, who jumps seven spots this week to sixth. Finger’s second place finish in the CAPT Baden Main Event adds to an already tremendous year for the young German. After earning an EPT title in 2011, Finger added a WSOP bracelet and the EPT London Super High Roller title to his accomplishments over the last few months.

The other significant move in the BLUFF POY contest belongs to Will Failla, who is an all too familiar face on this list. Failla’s making a run at his third consecutive top 25 finish in BLUFF POY races, a feat that will likely be matched by only one other player – 2012 Player of the Year Marvin Rettenmaier.

Failla rose into the top 20 this week thanks to a win on home turf – he was earned yet another title in the Northeast, winning the 2013 Foxwoods World Poker Open to debut in 14th.

2013 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (As of November 13)

  1. Daniel Negreanu – 1,274.66 (-)
  2. David Peters – 868.06 (-)
  3. Mike Watson – 861.32 (-)
  4. Ryan Riess – 856.84 (NR)
  5. Vanessa Selbst – 849.58 (-1)
  6. Martin Finger – 817.70 (+7)
  7. Noah Schwartz – 804.78 (-2)
  8. Scott Seiver – 788.81 (-2)
  9. Philipp Gruissem – 788.65 (-2)
  10. Joe Kuether – 767.35 (-2)
  11. Ole Schemion – 762.62 (-2)
  12. Steve O’Dwyer – 752.22 (-1)
  13. Blair Hinkle – 750.97 (-3)
  14. Will Failla – 708.82 (NR)
  15. Ravi Raghavan – 703.50 (-3)
  16. Justin Bonomo – 699.17 (-2)
  17. Paul Volpe – 696.82 (-2)
  18. Jeremy Ausmus – 691.40 (-2)
  19. Kevin Eyster – 691.23 (-2)
  20. Marvin Rettenmaier – 678.69 (-2)

Dropped from Rankings: Matt Ashton (19th), Erik Seidel (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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