The World Series of Poker is in full swing and the World Poker Tour is amidst the epic finale of their seventeenth season, so there are plenty of movers and shakers on this week’s Poker Central Power Rankings! This week, Daniel Negreanu grabs his first No. 1 spot of the year, James Carroll falls just a few points short, Maria Ho is back up to a third place and we welcome Brian Green, Craig Varnell, and Igor Kurganov into the Top 10 for the first time.
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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Believe it or not, this is Daniel Negreanu’s first ever appearance at the top of the Poker Central Power Rankings! Negreanu had previously been ranked in the Top 10 no fewer than 11 times, topping out at No. 2 but the crazy fan engagement regarding him selling action for the World Series of Poker along with making the first big final table right off the bat has got him into second place! Negreanu finished sixth in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event go get his summer underway and we’re confident he will hold steady near the top for many weeks to come if he keeps this up! Follow along with Negreanu’s summer through his vlogs, the second episode you can find below right here.
Just outside of the Top 10 we’re finding a bunch of big names including Matthew Wantman, Kitty Kuo, Art Papazyan, Loren Klein, and Sam Greenwood.