Part of the excitement of the weekly Poker Central Power Rankings is the ever-changing dynamics of what’s being deemed worthy of votes. In my absence, a 10-day vacation to Costa Rica, I had a hard time keeping up with all the action, but two big themes kept shining through, the World Poker Tour and Triton Super High Roller Series. It’s safe to say that those players dominate, as most of the Top 10 is made up from players attached to those events, all while David Peters holds strong at No. 1.
This week sees two unranked players jump into the Top 10, while there are three others that make big jumps up. Frank ‘Chicken Wing’ Stepuchin made a lasting impression at the WPT Garden Poker Championship final table to jump into second place with his winning antics while David ‘ODB’ Baker jumped into third place by notching up a career-defining win in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic for his first seven-figure score. As far as the Triton players goes, Jason Koon went on a tear, Bryn Kenney did his usual damage and Timothy Adams improved on his career best with a massive win.
The Poker Central Power Rankings are voted on each week by five-panel members who use their own criteria to determine player relevance leading to a list of 25 players that score points from 65 down to 1. The criteria loosely include player results, social media influence, some good ol’ drama or other things of note that make ear perk up and our eyes grow bigger. Got beef with our decisions on a week-to-week basis? Hit us up on @PokerCentral on Twitter and jump into the conversation.
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The 2019 U.S. Poker Open win by David Peters continues to resonate with the voting panel, albeit the gap between him and the current second-place player, is rapidly getting smaller. Despite losing some votes, Peters did add another seven-figure score to his resume on Jeju where he finished fifth in the Main Event for just over a million dollars. Peters now has back-to-back seven-figure scores in a two-week span leading to him closing the gap even more so with Erik Seidel who’s ahead of him on the all-time money list by $2.1 million right now. Listen to David Peters tell his story on the Poker Central Podcast.
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In my absence, here’s Brent Hanks on the magic of Frank Stepuchin, who became a legend at the WPT Gardens Poker Championship final table.
“Franky Chickenwing is my current flavor of the week. This guy came to a WPT final table with a cold beer in one hand, and a chicken wing in the other. Every big pot he played, he had his chicken wing in his hand while making a critical decision for hundreds of thousands of dollars in equity.”
Timothy Adams just barely made the Top 10 as Stephen Chidwick tied him in points but Adams received the highest vote of the two. Also near the top were WPT Gardens runner-up Shannon Shorr, Daniel Negreanu, Rainer Kempe, Justin Bonomo, and Kristen Bicknell.
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