POY: The Calm Before the Summer Storm

Kuether already has 12 cashes this year

The past week or two, the live tournament circuit has been relatively quiet while a big group of the poker population has been hunkered down in Canada, Mexico, Europe, or elsewhere grinding the Spring Championship of Online Poker. There have been some small buy-in events runnings in New Orleans for the last WSOPC stop of the season and in Bellagio in preparation for the WPT Championship next week, but most of the big players in this year’s BLUFF Player of the Year race are taking some time off before the summer grind begins.

As a result, the top twenty remained stagnant this week.  Jonathan Duhamel remains out front with Oliver Speidel slowly but surely narrowing the gap between first and second place. One of the players currently at Bellagio grinding away is Joe Kuether, who recently took second in a $1,000 prelim event. There were not enough players in the field for it to qualify for POY points, but if he keeps posting the results he’s posted this year in the larger prelim events, you can expect to see him move up from 15th into the top ten.

Next week, the big buy-in Bellagio prelim results will be in and the $25,000 Championship Event will be underway, so while this week may have been a quiet one, next week the standings should get shaken up again.

Here are the latest top twenty in the 2012 BLUFF Player of the Year race, brought to you by Aria Resort and Casino:

1. (-) Jonathan Duhamel – 713.30
2. (-) Oliver Speidel – 669.81
3. (-) Dan Smith – 664.26
4. (-) Andrew Chen – 503.37
5. (-)Will Failla – 457.35
6. (-) Dan Kelly – 453.35
7. (-) John Dibella – 450.75
8. (-) John Dolan – 444.50
9. (-) Sean Jazayeri – 441.88
10. (-) Daniel Negreanu – 438.50
11. (-) Mohsin Charania – 430.35
12. (-) Ruben Visser – 422.00
13. (-) Justin Bonomo – 415.82
14. (-) Faraz Jaka – 403.03
15. (-) Joe Kuether – 383.62
16. (-) Bruno Lopes – 382.10
17. (-) Bertrand Grospellier – 369.45
18. (-) Tommy Vedes – 350.63
19. (-) Vadim Kursevich – 345.10
20. (-) Kevin Vandersmissen – 342.42

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