POY: Vanessa Selbst Opens in 2nd, Nine New Players in Top 20

Vanessa Selbst settles into the number two spot in the BLUFF Player of the Year race after winning the $25,000 High Roller at the PCA.

A lot has changed in a week. While Dimitar Danchev still leads in the very early stages of the 2013 BLUFF Player of the Year race, the standings have been updated to include every event at the PCA, a WSOP Circuit Main Event and a fairly busy week of tournaments worldwide. The result is nine new faces in this week’s top 20, some familiar and some less so, who have opened 2013 with at least one very strong showing.

As last week’s POY update came on Monday before she was able to secure victory in the PCA $25,000 High Roller, Vanessa Selbst didn’t officially occupy the number two spot on this list until today. The runner-up to that title, Vladimir Troyanovsky, was at his second final table of the PCA after finishing seventh in the $100,000 Super High Roller, and those two results have him debuting at number three.

Shannon Shorr chopped the last tournament of the 2013 PCA, a $10,000 Six-handed Turbo No Limit Hold’em event, and by taking the title after splitting the money with Dani Stern, Jason Koon and Gleb Tremzin, Shorr claimed the title, the trophy and enough POY points to round out the top five this week. Stern also joined the top 20 with his second place finish, sneaking onto the list at number 20.

Ole Schemion continued his tear from late 2012 by finishing fourth in the $25,000 High Roller and following it up with fifth in that $10,000 event, starting his quest to repeat Marvin Rettenmaier’s feat of back-to-back years in the top 10 of the BLUFF POY standings. After finishing ninth in 2012, Schemion debuts in seventh this week. Mike Watson had two cashes at the PCA, with his third place finish in the $25,000 High Roller largely responsible for getting him up to 17th this week.

Baptiste Chavaillaz earned the first tournament cash of his career in the WSOPC Main Event at the Bike, as well as his first win, his first six-figure cash, his first WSOPC ring and a trip to New Orleans for the National Championship. It also earned him the number 11 spot in the BLUFF POY standings, with Andrea Montini and Yoshitaka Okawa, who won the IPT Campione Main Event and the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event respectively, taking 14th and 15th after similar breakout performances.

With another WSOP Circuit stop winding to a close and the Aussie Millions underway, this list will continue to face radical changes as players jockey for position in the early going.

  1. Dimitar Danchev – 427.50 (-)
  2. Vanessa Selbst – 336.00 (NR)
  3. Vladimir Troyanovsky – 312.20 (NR)
  4. Joel Micka – 299.25 (-2)
  5. Shannon Shorr – 283.88 (NR)
  6. Scott Seiver – 275.00 (-3)
  7. Ole Schemion – 241.89 (NR)
  8. Steve Tripp – 231.36 (+3)
  9. Jerry Wong – 213.75 (-5)
  10. Andoni Larrabe Sanchez – 208.00 (-5)
  11. Baptiste Chavaillaz – 198.00 (NR)
  12. David (Doc) Sands – 192.50 (-6)
  13. Jonathan Roy – 188.10 (-6)
  14. Andrea Montini – 187.50 (NR)
  15. Yoshitaka Okawa – 187.00 (NR)
  16. Guy Bachar – 180.00 (-8)
  17. Mike Watson – 178.40 (NR)
  18. Henrik Eide – 176.00 (-9)
  19. Max Lehmanski – 176.00 (-9)
  20. Dani Stern – 173.25 (NR)
Dropped From Rankings: Christopher Frank (11th), Owen Crowe (13th), Simon Deadman (14th), Regent Lacroix (15th), Justin Bonomo (16th), John Dibella (17th), Andrey Shatilov (18th), Nick Schulman (19th), Joshua Bergman (T-20th), Ray Henson (T-20th)
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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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