POY: Volpe Extends Lead with EPT Final Table in London, Watson 3rd

Mike Watson finished second twice this week at EPT London, pushing him all the way up to third in the BLUFF Player of the Year race. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

There are still more than three-quarters of a year to go in the 2013 BLUFF Player of the Year race, but if Paul Volpe goes on to be a serious contender he’ll have the three-week stretch he just completed to thank for a lot of it.

After debuting in the top 20 of the BLUFF POY standings two weeks ago with a second place finish at the WPT LA Poker Classic and then moving just past Dimitar Danchev into the lead last week by taking third at Bay 101, Volpe made the final table of the EPT London High Roller. He had a good chance to distance himself from the pack, but as luck would have it the task would be a little harder than expected as Danchev, the 2013 PCA Main Event champion and the man Volpe took the lead from, made the final nine in the High Roller as well.

Danchev’s run would be a short one on the final day as it ended in ninth place, earning him a minimal cash and just a slight uptick in his POY point total, but Volpe would go on to finish fourth, distancing himself from the like of Danchev and the rest of the pack by over 100 points and pushing his earnings over the year to over $1.25 million.

Volpe’s not the only one to benefit from a strong performance at EPT London, though, as more than a week of tournaments also brought three new faces to the top 20 and sent Mike Watson shooting up the standing into third. Watson didn’t win at either of the final tables he made at EPT London, but he was the runner-up in each as he continued a strong start to 2013 of his own with a side event win at the Aussie Millions and a third place finish in the $25,000 PCA High Roller.

Scott Seiver inched up from 11th to ninth this week with a small cash of his own in the High Roller, while German pro Fabian Quoss continued his stellar record in High Rollers this year with a third place result in London. After making two of the three big buy-in final tables at the Aussie Millions, Quoss’ finish in London pushed him over the $1 million mark for the year and marked his debut in the POY top 20.

The EPT London Main Event had a big splash of its own, with Christopher Frank and Ruben Visser riding their respective results to top 20 spots of their own. Frank took sixth and debuted at number 16 on the list (with a PCA side event title already to his credit in 2013 padding his total), while the first major title of Visser’s first major title career and his only POY-qualifying cash of the year was enough to singlehandedly earn him a tie for 18th this week.

It’s a little bit quieter on the tournament circuit in the coming week, but it’s simply the calm before the storm as a busy month of April will lead into an even busier May, and it’ll WSOP time before you know it. The effects of EPT London will, however, continue to be felt in this contest for some time to come.

2013 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings
(x): Indicates change in position from last week

  1. Paul Volpe – 564.42 (-)
  2. Dimitar Danchev – 448.45 (-)
  3. Mike Watson – 434.20 (+5)
  4. Paul Klann – 425.85 (-1)
  5. Mervin Chan – 393.00 (-1)
  6. Dani Stern – 368.38 (-1)
  7. James Anderson – 357.71 (-1)
  8. Vanessa Selbst – 336.00 (-1)
  9. Scott Seiver – 322.38 (+2)
  10. Vladimir Troyanovsky – 312.20 (-1)
  11. Ole Schemion – 308.77 (-1)
  12. Remi Castaignon – 306.00 (-)
  13. Joel Micka – 299.25 (-1)
  14. Andy Hwang – 298.20 (-)
  15. Fabian Quoss – 296.88 (NR)
  16. Christopher Frank – 290.37 (NR)
  17. David Tuthill – 289.80 (-2)
  18. (tie) Ruben Visser – 289.00 (NR)
  19. (tie) Kai Chang – 289.00 (-2)
  20. Joe Cabret – 288.75 (-3)
Dropped From Rankings: Jeff Fielder (18th), Tobias Reinkemeier (19th), Shannon Shorr (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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