Power Rankings: Will Failla Rises to Tenth, Ole Schemion Leads

The latest BLUFF Power Rankings have Ole Schemion holding the lead on the verge of his first trip to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. The 21-year-old has his countryman Philipp Gruissem on his heels in second while Daniel Negreanu and Marvin Rettenmaier are seperated by less than a single point.

Will Failla was the biggest mover of the week, climbing six spots to the tenth spot after a win at Foxwoods. All the other movements are due to losing value in POY points with the calendar turning over and a light tournament schedule leading up to the WSOP. Last week, we focused on Negreanu’s fall from the top spot but this week Joe Kuether slipped three spots to go from second to fifth place overall.

Schemion and Gruissem have been the top big buy-in players in the world over the past year. Combined they have won more than $6.5 million since the conclusion of the 2013 WSOP with four wins in 12 final tables. The Germans travel together, eat together and win together with rumors of big swaps with each other in big events. There are 16 events with a $10,000 buy-in or larger this summer at the WSOP which could further their lead on the field even more.

Failla laddered up the rankings with his win at the Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge main event. He picked up 120 POY points and $36,022 as part of a four-way chop with Robert Allain, Chris Schonbach and Stan Shaw. Failla then traveled to the Parx Poker room and won a preliminary event for $7,857 but didn’t earn any POY points as the field size fell short of the required 96 players.

Kuether dropped 44 points in a single week but still managed to stay in the top five spots. His third place finish in the 2012 California State Poker Championship dropped out of his equation. That big score was worth $64,370 and 90 POY points at the time. Despite losing 44 points, Kuether is one decent score away from taking the lead or displacing those just ahead of him.

BLUFF Power Rankings (as of May 19, 2014)

  1. Ole Schemion – 1,487.95 (-)
  2. Philipp Gruissem – 1,394.33 (+1)
  3. Daniel Negreanu – 1,376.37 (+1)
  4. Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,376.10 (+1)
  5. Joe Kuether – 1,367.58 (-3)
  6. Mike McDonald – 1,333.37 (-)
  7. Vanessa Selbst – 1,261.69 (+1)
  8. David Peters – 1,230.17 (-1)
  9. Scott Seiver – 1,1188.67 (-)
  10. Will Failla – 1,182.86 (+6)
  11. Roger Hairabedian – 1,174.40 (-1)
  12. Mukul Pahuja – 1,1166.07 (-1)
  13. Keven Stammen – 1,151.22 (-1)
  14. Martin Finger – 1,147.81 (-1)
  15. Dan Smith – 1,127.33 (-1)
  16. Jeremy Ausmus – 1,033.88 (+1)
  17. Mike Watson – 1.032.65 (-2)
  18. Ari Engel – 1,029.71 (-)
  19. Thomas Muhlocker – 1,008.60 (-)
  20. Stephen Chidwick – 999.55 (-)

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