Power Rankings: Steve O’Dwyer Rides Momentum Through Europe

Despite dropping two spots in the last BLUFF Power Rankings, Steve O’Dwyer has been on an incredible tournament run. The American pro who cut his chops in the online world has been taking Europe by storm over the last year, and added to his list of accomplishments by winning WPT Denmark. This victory catapulted O’Dwyer from 11th all the way up to 4th place, the biggest jump in this week’s rankings.

With 2012 very much being the year of Jonathan Duhamel to this point, it is unsurprising that he still holds a commanding lead in the Power Rankings. Several of those chasing Duhamel, Will Failla (2nd), Shawn Buchanan (3rd), and Bertrand Grospellier (5th) each lost a few points but kept their spots in the top five. There were two newcomers to the Top 20, as David Peters enters the list at 19th, thanks to his final table appearance at EPT Campione and Michael Mizrachi climbs to 20th by virtue of others losing points.

Two players dropped just off of the list due to small cashes no longer counting; Scott Clements and Roberto Romanello are just on the outside looking in at this point. Each remains within ten spots and 50 points of regaining their spot on the list.

The biggest drops this week all have to do with the NAPT at Mohegan Sun. Eugene Katchalov lost half of the value of his second place finish from the 2011 High Roller Bounty, as it’s been over a year. He dropped four spots to 12th place, negating his previous jump. Vanessa Selbst dropped seven spots, switching places with O’Dwyer on the list and falling to 11th. The first of her two consecutive NAPT Main Event titles at Mohegan Sun has passed the two year mark and is no longer counted in this contest.

The biggest drop, however, belongs to Jason Mercier. The first of his two consecutive wins in the NAPT High Roller Bounty Shootout in 2010 is also no longer counting for his place in the Power Rankings. The 270 points he lost dropped him ten spots from 6th all the way down to 16th place.

With a number of WPT events on the horizon and the WSOP less than six weeks away, there is likely to be plenty of movement on this list in the coming months.

Here are the top twenty players in the BLUFF Power Rankings:

1. (-) Jonathan Duhamel – 1,436.15
2. (-) Will Failla – 1,301.14
3. (-) Shawn Buchanan – 1,238.14
4. (+7) Steve O’Dwyer – 1,222.76
5. (-) Bertrand Grospellier – 1,158.31
6. (+1) David Sands – 1,117.16
7. (+2) Ben Lamb – 1,104.43
8. (+2) Matthew Waxman – 1,089.27
9. (+3) Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,039.40
10. (+3) Sam Trickett – 1,032.70
11. (-7) Vanessa Selbst – 1,023.15
12. (-4) Eugene Katchalov – 981.12
13. (+1) Pius Heinz – 971.79
14. (+2) Chris Moorman – 936.48
15. (-) Elio Fox – 934.85
16. (-10) Jason Mercier – 928.12
17. (+2) Justin Young – 908.84
18. (-1) Allen Kessler – 906.16
19. (NR) David Peters – 897.37
20. (NR) Michael Mizrachi – 862.39

By: Tim Fiorvanti (1000 Posts)

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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