Power Rankings: PCA has Selbst Jumping, Duhamel Tumbles

Vanessa Selbst has been one of the most consistent winners on the tournament circuit over the last five years, and that's reflected in her spot at number four in this week's Power Rankings. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

The 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is now officially in the books, but its effect on the BLUFF Power Rankings will be felt for months and years to come. Two players vaulted themselves into the top 10 with their performances over the two week tournament series, while a former stalwart in the contest is spending his first time outside of the top 20 in over a year.

No one should be surprised by the success that Vanessa Selbst at this point. With the exception of 2009, when she barely played, Selbst has won at least one major title every year since 2008. She got it out of the way early in 2013, collecting the second biggest cash of her career by winning the PCA $25,000 High Roller for over $1.4 million. When combined with her outstanding record over the last two years, it was enough to move Selbst up eight spot in this week’s Power Rankings.

Ole Schemion enjoyed a breakout year in 2012, dominating in the later stages of the year by capturing the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event title in September, as Selbst did back in 2010. Schemion then won the Dutch Master Classics of Poker in November to end the year ninth in the BLUFF Player of the Year race. His run doesn’t seem to have lost any momentum in 2013 as he managed back-to-back final tables to end the PCA, taking fourth in the $25,000 High Roller and fifth in a $10,000 Turbo the next day. This performance made Schemion the biggest mover this week, bumping him up 13 spots to number seven.

Jonathan Duhamel had an unbelievable performance at the 2012 PCA, despite being the victim of a home invasion just weeks earlier. After making four final tables in the Bahamas, he added a fifth in February at EPT Deauville and a sixth with a runner-up finish to Selbst in a $5,000 event at LAPC to grab hold of the BLUFF Player of the Year lead, one he wouldn’t relinquish until the World Series of Poker. Duhamel would go on to finish seventh in the contest, failing to find a big result in the late stages of the year. After first appearing on this list with his WSOP Main Event victory in 2010, he’s spent few weeks outside of the top 20 until now. With his PCA successes losing half of their value after crossing the one year mark, Duhamel tumbled 19 spots to 28th this week.

Two players returned to the top 20 of the Power Rankings, as Shannon Shorr’s finish in the last $10,000 event of the PCA brought him up to 13th this week. After just one week off the list, Antonio Esfandiari returned in the number 20 spot, thanks to the falls of Duhamel and Shawn Buchanan, who slipped eight spots to number 22.

  1. Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,947.94 (-)
  2. Dan Smith – 1,403.09 (-)
  3. Phil Hellmuth – 1,368.01 (-)
  4. Vanessa Selbst – 1,351.18 (+8)
  5. Bertrand Grospellier – 1,290.16 (-1)
  6. Will Failla – 1,215.09 (-1)
  7. Ole Schemion – 1170.79 (+13)
  8. Greg Merson – 1,170.68 (-2)
  9. Michael Mizrachi – 1,123.63 (-2)
  10. Philipp Gruissem – 1073.09 (-2)
  11. Joseph Cheong – 1,044.25 (-1)
  12. Phil Ivey – 1007.37 (+1)
  13. Shannon Shorr – 998.11 (NR)
  14. Sam Razavi – 983.44 (+1)
  15. David “Doc” Sands – 982.41 (+2)
  16. Dominik Nitsche – 978.21 (-)
  17. Stephen O’Dwyer – 967.34 (+2)
  18. Joe Kuether – 953.36 (-)
  19. Jason Mercier – 929.06 (-8)
  20. Antonio Esfandiari – 927.94 (NR)
Dropped From Rankings: Jonathan Duhamel (9th), Shawn Buchanan (14th)
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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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