Vanessa Selbst Breaks into Standings with $25K Mixed Max Win

Vanessa Selbst returned to fourth in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year standings. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Vanessa Selbst returned to fourth in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year standings. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Ten days into the 2014 World Series of Poker the BLUFF Player of the Year race already has three new players in the Top 20 – Vanessa Selbst, Simon Deadman and Justin Bonomo. Mike McDonald and Dominik Panka remain at the top, but have yet to arrive at the WSOP.

Selbst returned to the rankings with her third WSOP bracelet after winning the prestigious $25,000 Mixed Max event. She pushed her lifetime earnings past the $10 million mark with the $871,148 first-place-prize. Selbst also picked up 258.50 POY points after defeating Jason Mo heads-up in a field that included JC Tran, Matt Giannetti, Aaron Jones and Darren Elias.

Selbst also graces the cover of the June issue of BLUFF where she talks about her fight for change and taking a stand on important social issues.

Bonomo debuted in the POY rankings in 17th place following an amazing week at the Rio. He first finished runner-up in the $10,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw event for 154 POY points and $219,565 to Tuan Le. It was an all-star final table that included Eli Elezra, Nick Schulman, George Danzer and Phil Galfond.

Then, Bonomo broke through and won his first gold bracelet after being heads-up for the fourth time. He overcame a massive chip deficit against Mike Sowers to win $449,980 and 242 POY points. Coming into the WSOP, Bonomo was considered one of the best young players without a bracelet.

Keven Stammen remains in third place but cut his deficit by about 30 points. He picked up two cashes already – the first was a 79th place finish in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event for 23 POY points and next was a 37th place finish in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em event. He’s just one deep run away from taking over the top spot.

Deadman has spent some time in the Top 20 spots in 2014 and returned after he made a deep run in the GUKPT Waslall Main Event. He earned $39,395 and 55 POY points from his runner-up finish. Deadman remains in Europe for the time being, but will be traveling to the WSOP later in the summer.

2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of June 4)

  1. Mike McDonald – 690.88 (-)
  2. Dominik Panka – 667.04 (-)
  3. Keven Stammen – 631.10 (-)
  4. Vanessa Selbst – 572.90 (NR)
  5. Ole Schemion – 554.74 (-1)
  6. Ami Barer – 509.43 (-1)
  7. Eric Blair – 504.43 (-1)
  8. Mukul Pahuja – 501.90 (+1)
  9. James Carroll – 484.10 (+1)
  10. Mustapha Kanit – 473.68 (-3)
  11. Alex Bilokur – 471.10 (-3)
  12. Mike Leah – 453.55 (-1)
  13. Byron Kaverman – 436.76 (-1)
  14. Joe Kuether – 433.70 (-1)
  15. Eugene Katchalov – 417.08 (-)
  16. Simon Deadman – 413.65 (NR)
  17. Justin Bonomo – 405.35 (NR)
  18. James Calderaro – 403.20 (-4)
  19. Joseph Mckeehen – 399.84 (-1)
  20. Oliver Price – 392.95 (-4)

Dropped from Rankings: Dmitiri Ponomarev (17th), Eric Afriat (19th), Scott Seiver (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 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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