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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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PokerStars Bans Political Statement Displays at EPT Events

by | Published: Monday, August 25th, 2014

When Olivier Busquet and Daniel Colman stepped out to the final table at the European Poker Tour €50,000 Super High Roller last Wednesday wearing “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” t-shirts, criticism ran throughout the poker community.

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Following the wave of criticism that a poker game is not the platform for political statements, PokerStars has decided to change the rules regarding the display of political statements as slogans at the live events.

“Our tournaments are designed to promote poker and poker competition and not as a platform for political statements,” PokerStars’ Head of Corporate Communications Eric Hollreiser wrote in a statement sent to CardPlayer Lifestyle’s Robbie Strazynski.

“Players have many channels to express their views on world politics, but our tournaments are not an appropriate place,” Hollreiser continued. “We will refuse entry to any player displaying political statements of any kind.”

While many thought the two high-profile players using the visibility and popularity of the EPT event to encourage the poker community to talk about the conflict between Isreal and Palestine was a daring move, it was not condoned by everyone. Criticism toward the statements started as soon as the live stream of the final table began. Suddenly it stopped being about a fun poker event.

“[It] doesn’t matter what “side” you are on. [The] EPT is embarrassing itself by allowing Daniel Colman and Olivier Busquet to wear those t-shirts,” Strazynski wrote on Twitter before publishing an article on CardPlayer Lifestyle titled “There’s No Room for Politics in Poker”.

Strazynski, who strongly believes that topics as politics and religion are to be avoided at all costs at the poker table, believes that “[if] any poker player wish to use the prestige of their notoriety to advocate a particular political issue, it’s their prerogative. However, PokerStars and other governing and sanctioning bodies in poker ought to have a rule against politics at the table itself.”

However, there are other poker buffs who disagree. Shortly following the publication of Strazynski’s opinion piece, poker historian Nolan Dalla expressed his opposing views in his own post title “Political Censorship Has No Place in Poker”.

Dalla believes that the initiative of the two players did not deserve all the criticism it raised, nor it should have led PokerStars to rule in favor of a ban against the display of political statements.

“There was nothing profane nor vulgar about either item of clothing,” Dalla wrote. “Frankly, the t-shirts would hardly even be noticed on the streets of any cosmopolitan city.”

Dalla, who is the media director for the World Series of Poker and a famed poker writer, believes the ban by PokerStars is perhaps well-intended, but it is still an act against the important individual right of free expression.

“Frankly, we need more politics — just about everywhere. We need more discussion about problems and possible solutions. Not during poker hands, mind you,” Dalla explained.

Free Palestine, or End Apartheid, or Obama 2012, or Tea Party 2014, or I love Israel, or any other political expression is entirely appropriate in a free democratic society,” Dalla concluded.

“I’ve seen all of these shirts in poker rooms over the years. Here’s some advice — if you don’t like what you see, then turn away. If you don’t like the message or the person, then don’t talk to them.”

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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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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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