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Dan Colman Wins Yet Another Poker Event

by | Published: Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Before April, hardly anyone would have been able to tell you who Dan Colman was. But with three big poker event wins under his belt in just five months, he’s become a household name in the poker world.

dan colman seminole hard rock poker open winnerA win in April’s European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller was his introduction to the community, but Colman didn’t stop there. Since then, the 23 year-old has completed one of the most dominant runs in poker history.

Colman, who went on to win the World Series of Poker $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop in July as well as finishing runner-up in last month’s EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller, added another $1,446,710 to his yearly winnings on Wednesday when he beat a field of 1,499 players to take out the $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

Colman outlasted a tough final table to claim his staggering fourth seven-figure score of 2014. He now has more than $20,000,000 in cashes since April under his belt, and has climbed past Phil Ivey into third place on poker’s all-time list behind Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari.

2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Results

Seat Player Prize
1 Dan Colman $1,446,710
2 Mike Leah $1,047,638
3 Shawn Cunix $748,313
4 John Dolan $548,763
5 Joe Kuether $424,044
6 Martin Hanowski $324,269

Colman didn’t begin Wednesday’s final table in the lead, he had to work for it. He trailed to Mike Leah in chips but it didn’t take the poker wunderkind long to command the table. After John Dolan eliminated Martin Hanowski in 6th place, Colman got all of Joe Kuether’s chips. Dolan himself exited a few hands later, and his strike also came from Colman.

It then came down to three-handed play, with the lead shifting back into Leah’s favor.  However, Colman reclaimed the pole position after eliminating Shawn Cunix in 3rd place.

Colman then took 25,450,000 into heads-up play against Leah’s 19,550,000. The heads-up sit-and-go specialist, who has become known for his impressive knack for closing the deal, grinded Leah down to 11,500,000 before finishing him for good.

Dan Colman is undoubtedly becoming a fantastic professional poker player. Where will he strike next? How many more wins will he add to his season belt? Only time will tell. But one thing for sure, the entire poker world will be watching his every move with anticipation and excitement.

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Dan Colman Wins Big One for One Drop for $15.3 Million

by | Published: Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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Daniel Negreanu may have reached heads-up play in a bracelet event for the second time this summer at the 2014 World Series of Poker, but he was outplayed by another Daniel in the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. Daniel Colman took home the victory and huge cash prize to the value of $15,306,668.

Colman follows in the footsteps of Antonio Esfandiari to become just the second Big One for One Drop champion. But it wasn’t all cheer and celebration as Colman refused to do media interviews following his win, resulting in a backlash of critique for the 23 year-old from the larger poker community.

Event #57: The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop Final Table Results

Position Player Payout
1 Daniel Colman $15,306,668
2 Daniel Negreanu $8,288,001
3 Christoph Vogelsang $4,480,001
4 Rick Saloman $2,800,000
5 Tobias Reinkemeier $2,053,334
6 Scott Seiver $1,680,000
7 Paul Newey $1,418,667
8 Cary Katz $1,306,607

Tom Hall was eliminated in 9th position, meaning he walked away empty-handed. But this left the remaining eight players to battle it out for the massive $37,333,338 prize pool. The first five knockouts of the final table came in quick succession, occurring within the space of just 40 hands.

With the payouts becoming increasingly high, the pace slowed down after that. It took another 32 hands for Christoph Vogelsang to fall in third place from a three-way hand. That left just two players.

Negreanu handed out four of the six final table knockouts, but Colman had the lead going into heads-up play: 68,550,000 to Negreanu’s 57,450,000. The pair continuously switched lead position, until Colman built up his lead once more and delivered the final blow in the 46th hand.

This is Negreanu’s second runner-up finish this summer after losing to Paul Vope in Event #13: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. But don’t feel bad for “Kid Poker”. The $8,288,001 second-place prize money is a nice consolation prize and vaults him into the top spot in the all-time tournament winnings list. He has now won more than $29.7 million in his career, putting him about $3.5 million clear of Esfandiari.

Colman collects his first career WSOP bracelet after having come close in Event #40: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship where he made the semifinals.

Colman has also put himself into contention for the WSOP Player of the Year race following his win. Though he’s made it clear he doesn’t care about the accolades that accompany a big poker win, he’s put himself into the race. He earned 300 points by winning the One Drop, which helped him climb to fifth place.

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Ten New Players Confirmed for WSOP Big One for Big Drop

by | Published: Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

On Monday, ten new players were confirmed to play in the 2014 World Series of Poker $1 Million BIG ONE for ONE DROP. Vanessa Selbst was among the list, making her the first ever woman to compete in the event.

Selbst is a surprise entrant for those whom remember the Team PokerStars Pro previously calling the one million dollar buy-in “ridiculous” when it was announced back in 2011.

“I think it is ridiculous it completely destroys the sanctity of the bracelets. It completely ruins the idea of poker stats. Everything has gotten out of hand already. I think $100k and $250k buy-in tournaments are stupid enough. High-roller tournaments are $25k, that’s enough, that’s what people can afford to play and that’s a high-roller event. The other events, if you want to buy in for higher than that, you can go do it on your own time, that’s fine, but not when it includes all the different stats and tracking and all that stuff. It really completely destroys the idea. It is ridiculous.”

Selbst seems to have now come around to the event, and couldn’t be more excited about participating. “I’m so excited to be taking part in The BIG ONE for ONE DROP this year.

I didn’t get to play in 2012, but after seeing how much fun everyone had with the event as well as how profound an impact it had on ONE DROP, I knew I had to be a part of it this time around.”

Selbst is joined by nine new players: Tony Gregg, Jean-Robert Bellande, Fabian Quoss, Max Altergott, Tobias Reinkemeier, Igor Kurganov, Christoph Vogelsang, Niklas Heinecker, and an “Anonymous Asian Businessman.”

Both Gregg and previously-announced Antonio Esfandiari have experience winning in the One Drop event. Gregg won the 2013 WSOP ONE DROP High Roller, outlasting a field of 166 players to earn $4,830,612. Esfandiari, who won the 2012 ONE DROP, finished fourth last year and pocketed $1,433,438.


The ten newly confirmed players now brings the total players confirmed for the event to 33 – more than half the 56-player cap. Seats are reserved on a first-come first-serve basis for the June 29 through July 1 scheduled event.

If the field reaches the seven-table threshold, the first-place prize will jump to more than $20,000,000.

The WSOP also announced that ESPN will be filming the event, catching every single hand from start to finish during the three-day event. The channel will also air three consecutive weeks of two-hour coverage starting on Tuesday, July 15.

  • July 15 – 9-11 PM EST – Day 1 and Day 2 action
  • July 22 – 9-11 PM EST – Day 2 action and final table bubble
  • July 29 – 9-11 PM EST – Final table action through to winner

“With the unthinkable stakes of The BIG ONE for ONE DROP and its colorful mix of early committees, we are thrilled ESPN has embraced the opportunity to truly showcase a seminal moment for poker that just may yield the biggest first prize in sports television history,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.

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23 Top Players Confirmed for WSOP $1 Million One Drop

by | Published: Thursday, March 20th, 2014

There still remains 101 days until the 2014 World Series of Poker $1 Million Big One for One Drop begins, yet nearly half of tournament has already sold out.

Caesars Interactive Entertainment announced on Wednesday that 23 entries have already been confirmed for the seven-figure bracelet event running from June 29 through July 1, and they are all returning players. Among them are former One Drop champion from 2012 Antonio Esfandiari, One Drop founder Guy Laliberte, and Phil Ivey.

“I can’t wait to defend my title,” Esfandiari said in a statement. “That event was life-changing, but so was my trip to El Salvador after it with the One Drop organization to see first-hand what a difference the money raised from this event can do for those in dire need of help.”

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier is equally excited, but for a very different reason.

“I’m really excited to play this tournament again,” he told PokerNews. “And I’m looking forward to knocking out Antonio. If he wins, I may quit poker.”

This hostility stems from Esfandiari knocking out Mercier in the 2012 One Drop shock clash.

Laliberté echoes Esfandiari and Mercier, adding “The inaugural event made history and I look forward to another historic moment again this June… The support from the poker community continues to be just incredible.”

The players confirmed for the 2014 One Drop so far include: Antonio Esfandiari, Guy Laliberte, Bobby Baldwin, David Einhorn, Phil Galfond, Philipp Gruissem, Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, Paul Newey, Bill Perkins, Vivek Rajkumar, Brian Rast, Andrew Robl, Erik Seidel, Brandon Steven, Sam Trickett, and Noah Schwartz.

The last event was capped at 48 and sold out, so the WSOP and One Drop decided to add another eight-handed table this year, bringing the cap to 56. If it happens to sell out again, the first place prize would reach $20 million. This is a first-come first-serve event, and those that provide a deposit will be guaranteed a seat.

Of the 23 confirmed entries so far, three are “anonymous businessmen” and the last three are satellite seats that will be offered at Aria, Bellagio, and the WSOP. In 2012, the $25,300 buy0in One Drop satellite attracted nearly 100 entries, with the winning spot going to Gus Hansen.

The WSOP and One Drop will also commence reaching out to new players that didn’t participate in 2012. All players at the 2014 WSOP are encouraged to donate one percent of their winnings to the One Drop Foundation, as they continue to improve lives in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Burkina Faso, and beyond.

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Gregg Wins One Drop High Rollers at the 2013 World Series of Poker

by | Published: Monday, July 1st, 2013

Anthony Gregg more than doubled his career earnings by taking out the One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold’em at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Just like last year’s Big One For One Drop event, the High Rollers tournament drew a star-studded field but Gregg was able to outlast them all and take the first place prize of  $4,830,619 – the second seven figure score of his career after his second place finish in the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.

Heading into the final day of the tournament there were four players in the hunt for the WSOP bracelet, headlined by 2012 Big One for One Drop Event winner Antonio Esfandiari who was aiming to achieve an amazing double.

Unfortunately for ‘The Magician’ it wasn’t to be and he was eliminated in fourth place by Chris Klodnicki but was still able to add $1,433,438 to the $18 million he won in last year’s charity event.

Amateur poker player William Perkins, who had never previously cashed in a major live poker tournament, was only a few eliminations away from a famous victory but lost the chip lead just four hands after the exit of Esfandiari and was eliminated soon afterwards.

Gregg and Klodnicki were already guaranteed the biggest paydays of their poker career but were both still desperate to win their maiden WSOP bracelet.

Gregg had control of the heads-up battle from the outset and required less than an hour to secure the victory and resign Klodnicki to his third runner-up finish at the World Series of Poker after he finished second to Michael Mizrachi in the 2012 $50,000 Poker Players Championship and runner-up to poker legend Barry Greenstein in the $1,500 Seven Card Razz at the 2008 World Series of Poker.

Gregg said he was delighted to win his first WSOP bracelet in an event sponsored by One Drop and plans on donating part of his prizemoney to the organization that aims to fight poverty worldwide and make safe water accessible to everyone.

A total of $553,278 was donated to One Drop, which came out of the entry fee for all 166 players.