After a controversial start to the weekly Poker Central Power Rankings, the second edition is here! The criteria for this list are strictly up to the five-person panel that tries to strike a balance between tournament accomplishments, cash game moments, social media influence and all other things that make a player relevant. Each panel member ranks 25 players per week, tallied up into a single ranking that you can read all about in this article!

Before we dive into the list, let’s drop some stats on you guys right off the bat! After there were 72 players were ranked by the five voters, this week there are only 59 players to receive points showing that there are more points distributed among a small group of players.

Evidence of this early trend is that the sixth-place vote-getter, Toby Lewis, got nearly double the number of points Matt Berkey gathered for the same position last week.

Biggest Movers

Toby Lewis is without a doubt the biggest mover, coming in hot from nowhere to land at No. 6 after two massive scores at the Aussie Millions. The “pizza kid” from the Borgata was also new on the list at No. 12 while Dan Bilzerian made his first appearance at No. 35. Other new names that were ranked included Sam Abernathy, Brian Altman, Farah Galfond, and Randal Emmett.

Goodbye, For Now!

While he came awfully close to making the Top 10 last week, Mike Matusow is nowhere to be found this week as the panel came to its senses on his recent relevancy. Be well, Mike, we heard you’re dealing with some physical issues. We also say goodbye, for now, to Adrian Attenborough, Sean Winter, Antonio Esfandiari, Dylan Linde, David Peters, and Scotty Nguyen.

The Week 4 Poker Central Power Rankings Top 10

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Chino Rheem 1 1

A slow week for Chino saw his lead decrease but he remains atop the rankings for at least one more week as his third place behind Toby Lewis and Rainer Kempe in the Aussie Millions $25k Challenge resonated strongly with the panel. Poker Central Podcast host Brent Hanks explains:

“If not Chino, who else should be #1 right now? He’s the overwhelming favorite in back-to-back weeks amongst the panel, though his points total has decreased slightly. Fresh off his PCA title for $1.7 million, Chino followed this up with a third-place finish in the Aussie Millions $25k Challenge for just shy of $300,000. Chino isn’t bad for poker, he isn’t good for poker, Chino is GREAT for poker.”

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Phil Hellmuth 2 4

One of the panelists described it best with regards to Hellmuth’s jump into second place on this week’s Power Rankings.

“It’s Hellmuth, what more do we need to say?! The guy is a legend in the game, and after a big week in Atlantic City, he only confirms his spot in this week’s rankings. After a vow to play more WPT events, the Poker Brat boarded a plane to Atlantic City with his winter jacket and bag of big-boy sleeping pills. A few days, and pills, later and the king of #positivity did it again, taking down the $1,590 Heads-Up Championship. He followed that up with a run in the main event and THAT is why Hellmuth is truly deserving of his second-place spot on this week’s ranks!”

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Doyle Brunson 10 8

Last but not least, Doyle Brunson remains in the Top 10, and will likely continue to do so with two exciting nights of Dolly’s Game action coming up next week. While the lineup is yet to be announced, rumor has it that Gus Hansen will be making an appearance in a $1,500/$3,000 mixed game.

On the Bubble

Falling just short of a place in the Top 10 are Matt Berkey, the Borgata Winter Poker Open pizza delivery man, Brett Buttz, Sunday Warm-Up winner Lex Veldhuis, Alex Foxen, and Sam Greenwood.

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