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The World Series of Poker is in the home stretch with the Main Event final table just a few days away. The rankings this week are heavily influenced by both the Main Event and the surrounding events and their implications on the WSOP Player of the Year race. Former NFL star and three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour has snagged the top spot with his deep run while recent bracelet winners David ‘ODB’ Baker, Shawn Buchanan and Brandon Adams jump into the Top 10 as well.

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.

Read up on the previous weeks: Week 25 – Week 24 – Week 23 – Week 22 – Week 21 – Week 20 – Week 19 – Week 18

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Richard Seymour Unranked 1

From unranked to No. 1 has only been done a few times before and Richard Seymour is very deserving of his spot at the top. For five days, Seymour entertained a crowd that stretched far beyond the usual poker fans with his play and personality before ultimately busted in 131st place. Seymour appeared on the Rich Eisen show this morning to talk about his deep run, watch that video here.

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Shaun Deeb 4 10

Shaun Deeb is having a summer of close calls without a bracelet, but he’s still going strong for a potential back-to-back Player of the Year win. Deeb has a few events left to catch up but as of right now he’s sitting in fourth place.

On The Bubble

Close calls to the Top 10 were players like Scott Seiver, Josh Arieh, Joao Vieira and Jean-Robert Bellande.

Tune in again next week for the latest Poker Central Power Rankings! Until then, listen to Brent Hanks and me discuss this week’s rankings on the Poker Central Podcast. Looking to watch the latest live and on-demand poker action? Subscribe to PokerGO right now. 

Dan Zack, Phil Hui, Shaun Deeb, Robert Campbell, Antonio Esfandiari, Danielle Andersen, Brandon Adams, David 'ODB' Baker, Richard Seymour, Shawn Buchanan