Posts Tagged ‘Big One for One Drop’

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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Olivier Busquet Wins EPT Barcelona Super High Roller

by | Published: Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

olivier busquet EPT Barcelona winnerThe momentous 100th stop of the European Poker Tour got off to a great start as Olivier Busquet won the EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller. He took out a total prize win of €896,434, securing the second live tournament of his career.

Busquet topped an elite, record-breaking field of 77 competitors to take out the top prize, a record which previously stood at 64 entries.

For his victory, Busquet had to defeat his good friend and most recent winner of the World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop, Daniel Colman. Colman shouldn’t be too upset, he has had an impressive year in live tournaments, and earned himself €843,066 for coming in second place.

Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Olivier Busquet €896,434
2 Daniel Colman €843,066
3 Vladimir Troyanovskiy €473,200
4 Scott Seiver €364,200
5 Sam Trickett €288,400
6 Sven Reichardt €225,500
7 Morten Klein €177,500
8 Dan Shak €138,600

Busquet had an amazing day from the outset. He scored a runner-runner double up aginst Sven Reichardt that vaulted him into second place and from there, he was an unstoppable force.

Busquet and Colman easily defeated the other six players at the final table and then the two went to heads-up play. Busquet pulled off an impressive bluff-shove on the river with five high, and then managed a full house against Colman’s trips to score another big win.

On the final hand, Colman limp-shoved his short stack preflop with big slick, but couldn’t hold up against Busquet’s Queen and Jack of Hearts. Despite “losing”, Colman walked away with an impressive €843,066, earning himself another big score and taking his 2014 yearly earnings to a whopping $18,492,964.

Busquet had this tournament in the bag, with hardly anyone managing to send a ripple in his smooth-sailing journey to the top spot.

Busquet, who also works as a televised poker commentator when he’s not playing himself, scored the largest prize earning of his live poker career and moved to nearly $5.9 million in tournament earnings.

The EPT Barcelona action is still going strong, with the Main Even taking place tomorrow. There has been speculation that this will be the largest EPT event outside of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in history, so it’s one you surely won’t want to miss. The action kick off at 12 PM local time.

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Global Poker Index Update

by | Published: Monday, July 7th, 2014

The Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world every week, using a formula that rates a player’s results over six half-year periods. The GPI also ranks the top performing players of the year over two six-month periods, using the USA Today Global Poker Index point system to calculate.


2014 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Alex Bilokur 1,064.46 -
2 Keven Stammen 1,001.05 -
3 Scott Seiver 953.71 +1
4 Daniel Negreanu 946.18 +2
5 Mustapha Kanit 940.52 -2
6 Jason Mercier 866.04 -1
7 Matt Glantz 858.99 +5
8 Byron Kaverman 821.71 +3
9 George Danzer 815.17 -2
10 Dan Smith 806.00 -2

With so much action happening at the WSOP right now, the GPI Player of the Year race is constantly switching up. Yet Alex Bilokur has managed to maintain his lead for the fourth week running thanks to a first place finish in last month’s Event #28: Pot Limit Hold’em that earned him 167.61 points.

Daniel Negreanu continues to climb the POY race. Last week he jumped from #10 to #6, and this week he’s at #4 thanks to a second place finish in The Big One for One Drop, which earned him 121.65 points.

Matt Glantz also experienced a big jump, up five places from #12. This is thanks to a 7th place finish in last week’s Event #59: Omaha Hi/Lo.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Ole Schemion 3,899.59 -
2 Vanessa Selbst 3,893.09 -
3 Daniel Negreanu 3,627.89 -
4 Dan Smith 3,603.40 -
5 Byron Kaverman 3,506.70 +1
6 Erik Seidel 3,398.53 +1
7 Scott Seiver 3,359.07 -2
8 Paul Volpe 3,291.80 +1
9 Alex Bilokur 3,261.38 +1
10 Michael Watson 3,260.24 +3

There wasn’t much movement among the top 10 of the GPI 300 this week. The top four players remain exactly where they were last week, while the bottom six traded small places. All players bar one gained a place this week, thanks to Philipp Gruissem dropping out of the top 10 entirely (down 5 places to #13).

Michael Watson is the biggest gainer, jumping from #13 to #10 and just 1.14 point behind Alex Bilokur in #9. His rise was thanks to a second place finish in last week’s Event #58: No Limit Hold’em – Mixed Max which earned him 278.42 points.

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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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Merson, Negreanu Join 41 Confirmed Players for $1M BIG ONE for ONE DROP

by | Published: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The World Series of Poker announced 11 more entrants on Tuesday for the popular and hotly anticipated BIG ONE for ONE DROP, the $1 million buy-in tournament due to take place from June 29 through July 1 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

The last time WSOP released its updated entry list for the tournament, back in May, there were 30 confirmed players. The latest additions bring the total confirmed players to 41, which is just 15 shy of the 56-player cap. If the field can reach the cap, the first-place prize pool will rise to more than $20 million.

The latest poker pros to throw their hat in the ring and cough up the $1 million buy-in include Daniel Negreanu, Greg Merson, Scott Seiver, Doug Polk, Daniel Cates, Daniel Colman, and Isaac Haxton. Non-poker pro entrants include businessmen and high roller tournament regulars Tom Hall and Talal Shakerchi, as well as Winmark Corporation CEO John Morgan.

A full list of confirmed players so far:

Max Altergott Bobby Baldwin Jean-Robert Bellande Daniel Cates
Daniel Colman David Einhorn Antonio Esfandiari Phil Galfond
Anthony Gregg Philipp Gruissem Tom Hall Isaac Haxton
Niklas Heinecker Phil Ivey Igor Kurganov Guy Laliberté
John Morgan Jason Mercier Greg Merson Daniel Negreanu
Paul Newey Doug Polk Fabian Quoss Vivek Rajkumar
Brian Rast Tobias Reinkemeier Andrew Robl Noah Schwartz
Erik Seidel Scott Seiver Vanessa Selbst Talal Shakerchi
Brandon Steven Sam Trickett Christoph Vogelsang Anonymous Businessman
Anonymous Businessman Anonymous Asian Businessman Aria Resort Satellite Winner Bellagio Resort Satellite Winner
WSOP Satellite Winner      

ESPN will be on hand to catch every hand from start to finish during the three-day event, filming all the action to air over three consecutive weeks of two-hour coverage starting on Tuesday, July 15. The schedule will be as follows:

  • July 15: 9-11 PM EST – Day 1 and 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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