Power Rankings: Moorman, Shorr Join Top 20 as Waxman Slides

Marvin Rettenmaier, BLUFF Magazine cover girl Vanessa Selbst, and Dan Smith all stayed put in the top three spots in the BLUFF Power Rankings this past week, but almost everywhere down below there was movement in the top 20. Will Failla leaped one spot over Stephen O’Dwyer for fourth place thanks to O’Dwyer losing half the value of his fifth-place finish in a €10,000 No Limit Hold’em reload event at last year’s European Poker Tour Barcelona stop. Failla is now ahead of O’Dwyer by 32.7 points and he isn’t too far behind Smith for third place (just 88.94 points separate fourth and third).

Bertrand Grospellier held onto sixth place, but Jonathan Duhamel and Daniel Negreanu traded places for seventh and eighth. This was due to Negreanu losing all 110 POY points he was awarded for winning an EPT Vilamoura No Limit Hold’em preliminary event two years ago coming off the books. There are 52.57 points between the two.

Oleksii Kovalchuk experienced a large fall, going from ninth place down to 13th place. Michael Mizrachi, Andrew Badecker, Phil Ivey, and Sam Trickett all benefited from Kovalchuk’s decline, each climbing a spot despite no change in their point totals. Kovalchuk lost 90 points due to his win at the PokerStars Italian Poker Tour Nova Gorica Main Event hitting the one-year deadline and getting chopped in half.

Shawn Buchanan and Tommy Vedes hold on to spots 14 and 15 respectively, and then things get chaotic once again. Konstantin Puchkov fell to 19th place while Matt Waxman fell out of the top 20 altogether, and that opened a path for Daniel Buzgon to waltz into 16th place from 18th place with the same score he had last week. Phil Hellmuth took the same path to 17th place from 19th place the week before.

Chris Moorman is back in the top 20 just one week after leaving. He comes in again at 18th place, and he is joined in the new-member club by Shannon Shorr in 20th place. The two didn’t add any new points to their current totals this past week, but they did benefit from the exits of Waxman and Fernando Brito. While Brito fell slightly, down to 24th place from 20th place, Waxman went all the way from 17th place to 42nd place. The 345 POY points that Waxman was awarded for winning the WPT Grand Prix de Paris Main Event last year were reduced by half, and he fell 25 spots in the Power Rankings as a result.

  1. Marvin Rettenmaier – 1778.50 (-)
  2. Vanessa Selbst – 1241.05 (-)
  3. Dan Smith – 1234.09 (-)
  4. Will Failla – 1145.15(+1)
  5. Steve O’Dwyer – 1112.45 (-1)
  6. Bertrand Grospellier – 1084.68 (-)
  7. Jonathan Duhamel – 1062.92 (+1)
  8. Daniel Negreanu – 1010.35 (-1)
  9. Michael Mizrachi – 983.31 (+1)
  10. Andrew Badecker – 966.55 (+1)
  11. Phil Ivey – 957.85 (+1)
  12. Sam Trickett – 934.38 (+1)
  13. Oleksii Kovalchuk – 930.32 (-4)
  14. Shawn Buchanan – 917.18 (-)
  15. Tommy Vedes – 903.97 (-) 
  16. Daniel Buzgon – 887.41 (+2)
  17. Phil Hellmuth – 886.53 (+2)
  18. Chris Moorman – 883.64 (NR)
  19. Konstantin Puchkov – 876.97 (-2)
  20. Shannon Shorr – 868.40 (NR)
Dropped from Rankings: Matthew Waxman (17th), Fernando Brito (20th)

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