Steve O’Dwyer Second to Kevin Schulz in 2015 Player of the Year Race

Steve O'Dwyer earned the third seven figure cash of his poker career by winning the PCA Super High Roller - and became one of the few players ever to earn both an EPT Main Event title and an EPT Super High Roller win. (Photo by Tim Fiorvanti)

Steve O’Dwyer earned the third seven figure cash of his poker career by winning the PCA Super High Roller – and became one of the few players ever to earn both an EPT Main Event title and an EPT Super High Roller win. (Photo by Tim Fiorvanti)

Kevin Schulz jumped out the early lead for the 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year standings as every PCA Main Event champ has done in recent years and already has Steve O’Dwyer cutting into his lead and chasing him down.

Schulz’s first cash in 15 months was his PCA Main Event win for $1.4 million and 360 POY points. His results have been sporadic with two 2013 ACOP finishes – one a third place for $12,000 and 15th place finish in the Main Event for $38,323. His 2012 results were pretty random – an EPT San Reno main event cash, a final table in a $5,000 World Series of Poker event and a $300 WSOP Circuit event in St. Louis.

O’Dwyer worked his way up to the second spot, barely 30 points behind Schulz, on the back of two cashes this year. He started the year right by winning the PCA $100,00 Super High Roller event for $1.87 million and 250 POY points. O’Dwyer made his way over to Melbourne and took sixth place of $123,772 for 79.86 POY points.

Alexander Trevallion debuted in the rankings in the sixth spot after picking up just his fifth career tournament cash. He won the Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge for $511,8667 and 242 POY points. His previous largest cash as a 22nd place finish at the 2014 EPT London Main Event for $27,799.

Pratyush Buddiga has been on fire since November of last year – wining $1.85 million. His 2015 scores that landed him in 11th place were a final table finish in the Aussie Millions $25,000 event and seventh place in PCA Main Event for $203,420. In December he won the Aria $25,000 High Roller event and finished third in the ACOP Super High Roller.

Ilkin Garibli came from out of nowhere to win the PCA High Roller event. He earned $1.1 million and 282 POY points for his first recorded tournament cash. He is reportedly a cash game player from Azerbaijan that only played the event at the insistence of his friends.

2015 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (As of January 29)

  1. Kevin Schulz – 360.00 (-)
  2. Steve O’Dwyer – 329.86 (+1)
  3. Nick Petrangelo – 287.26 (-1)
  4. Ilkin Garibli – 282.00 (-1)
  5. Diego Ventura – 252.00 (-4)
  6. Alexander Trevallion – 242.00 (NR)
  7. Josh Kay – 238.00 (-1)
  8. Joes Montes – 231.00 (-1)
  9. Ramin Hajiyev – 229.36 (-1)
  10. Jonathan Duhamel – 223.00 (-1)
  11. Pratyush Buddiga – 221.80 (NR)
  12. Joe Kuether – 211.80 (-2)
  13. David Vamplew – 200.00 (-2)
  14. Bryn Kenney – 192.68 (-2)
  15. Nicholas Immekus – 187.00 (-2)
  16. Dzimitry Urbanovich – 181.80 (-2)
  17. Chance Kornuth – 180.00 (-2)
  18. Aleksandr Denisov – 176.60 (-2)
  19. Roger Sippl – 175.00 (-2)
  20. Rajaee (Rob) Wazwaz – 173.25 (-2)

Dropped from Rankings: Jose Carlos Garcia (19th), Paul Volpe (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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