Stammen, McDonald & Madsen Enjoy Jumps in This Week’s Power Rankings

Vanessa Selbst has been one of the top BLUFF Player of the Year contenders in each of the last few years, but with a win in London hitting a one-year milestone Selbst lost enough points to fall out of the top 20 in the BLUFF Power Rankings.

Vanessa Selbst has been one of the top BLUFF Player of the Year contenders in each of the last few years, but with a win in London hitting a one-year milestone Selbst lost enough points to fall out of the top 20 in the BLUFF Power Rankings.

While everything remains mostly quiet at the top of the BLUFF Power Rankings this week, with Dan Smith, Daniel Negreanu and Ole Schemion battling in a perpetual three-horse race, the rest of the top 20 finds itself in a serious state of flux.

There wasn’t one specific tournament changing the landscape of the Power Rankings, with 11 of the top 20 spots changing hands, but rather the simple passage of time. Negreanu himself lost a few points and now finds himself virtually even with Schemion, while Joe Kuether’s point drop brought him closer to Mike Leah.

Keven Stammen and Mike McDonald each benefited from others falling, moving up one spot apiece to seventh and eighth respectively, despite a slight drop in points for Stammen. The bigger fall, and a drop in two spots in the Power Rankings, belongs to Scott Seiver; his 10th place finish in the 2012 WSOPE Main Event fell off his score after crossing the two-year mark.

David Peters moved up one spot to 11th, followed by Mukul Pahuja, who added points and moved up a spot to 12th with a cash in the opening event of a series at the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek, Florida. The biggest jump of the week belongs to Jeff Madsen for the second straight week, with his 19th place finish in the opening event of the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific bumping him up three spots.

Two of the most successful and widely respected tournament poker players of the last five years each suffered big falls in this week’s BLUFF Power Rankings. Philipp Gruissem had the second-biggest drop, falling four spots after the first of back-to-back WSOP Europe High Roller final tables hit its two-year milestone. Gruissem’s set to take another siginificant hit in the weeks to come, with his third place finish in the WSOPE HR from 2013 approaching the one-year mark.

The most significant drop of all belongs to Vanessa Selbst. Her win in the UKIPT High Roller in London helped fuel Selbst to a third place finish in the 2013 BLUFF POY race, but with it hitting the one-year mark this week half of those points fall from Selbst’s score. Even with a win losing credit, Selbst still stands just on the outside looking in, in 21st.

Aaron Massey moved up two spots to 18th in the wake of the the turbulence above him, and 2014 Aussie Millions champ Ami Barer slid back into the top 20. Jason Mercier fell one spot this week but held on for the final spot to round out the top 20.

BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings (as of October 6)

  1. Dan Smith – 1,505.66 (-)
  2. Daniel Negreanu – 1,445.31 (-)
  3. Ole Schemion – 1,444.44 (-)
  4. Dan Colman – 1,377.70 (-)
  5. Joe Kuether – 1,291.35 (-)
  6. Mike Leah – 1,265.17 (-)
  7. Keven Stammen – 1,187.26 (+1)
  8. Mike McDonald – 1,183.58 (+1)
  9. Scott Seiver – 1,179.70 (-2)
  10. Joe McKeehen – 1,172.28 (-)
  11. David Peters – 1,167.41 (+1)
  12. Mukul Pahuja – 1,125.04 (+1)
  13. Jeff Madsen – 1,109.67 (+3)
  14. Will Failla – 1,107.35 (-)
  15. Philipp Gruissem – 1,106.95 (-4)
  16. Paul Volpe – 1,096.77 (-1)
  17. Jake Schindler – 1,067.61(-)
  18. Aaron Massey – 1,039.19 (+2)
  19. Ami Barer – 1,028.55 (NR)
  20. Jason Mercier – 1,022.78 (-1)

Dropped from Rankings: Vanessa Selbst (18th)

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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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