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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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Altergott Wins EPT Grand Final Super High Roller

by | Published: Friday, May 17th, 2013

Little known Max Altergott has upset some of the biggest names in Poker to win the 2013 European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller.

Altergott took home €1,746,400 for the victory, which was incredibly his first ever cash in a live tournament event.

The German has made a living play high stakes heads-up cash games but has only recently started playing live tournaments and his decision to enter this tournament was made at the last minute.

“I wasn’t able to put up €100,000 myself so I had to find some people that wanted to buy a share as well,” Altergott said.

“I was really looking forward to going to Vancouver for a Spring Championship of Online Poker event so I wasn’t sure about this event but at the last minute I decided to take a shot.”

Altergott was quick to pay credit to the other players at the final table and didn’t believe his high-stakes experience gave him an edge in the pressure stages of the tournament.

“I wouldn’t say I handled the pressure better than other players,” Altergott said.

“All the other players have been pros themselves and they are very, very good.”

Altergott went into heads-up with only a narrow advantage over Team Pokerstars Pokerstars pro Jason Mercier but wasted little time claiming his first live tournament victory.

“It was a very short heads-up battle so I can’t really say too much about it,” the German said.

“I was so happy to win the final hand on the river, my heart was beating like crazy.”

Even though he wasn’t able to win the tournament a second place finish was enough to see Mercier climb to the top of the Global Poker Index top 300 tournament poker players in the world list – ending the reign of Marvin Rettenmaier.

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Daniel Pidun Wins European Poker Tour Berlin Main Event

by | Published: Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Daniel Pidun has steamrolled the final table to win the European Poker Tour Berlin Main Event.

It took Pidun just six hours to claim victory and he took home €880,000 as well as a European Poker Tour Trophy for his efforts.

After working hard to qualify for the final table Pidun changed gears on the final day of the tournament and dominated from start to finish.

“Yesterday I started pretty good and then during the day I lost a lot of my stack and I was worried I was going to be the final table bubble boy again but thank god I won some hands and I avoided it,” Pdiun said.

Pidun took the chip lead early in the final table and used his big stack to perfection, putting constant pressure on the short stacks.

By the time the tournament was three-handed Pidun had accumulated an almost unassailable chip lead and he wasted no time eliminating Lasse Frost and Robert Haigh to win his first major poker tournament.

It was an incredible effort by the amateur poker player who has been playing the game for less than five years.

“My brother brought me to poker,” Pidun said.

“He was always speaking with his friends about poker; about the flop, turn and river; I didn’t even understand what those words meant.

“After a while I became more interested and I started playing.

“I played a tournament at my local casino and finished second, which won me a ticket into the EPT Dortmund event.”

Pidun has turned that ticket into a lucrative poker career and he now made over $1 million playing live tournament poker.

Despite the massive monetary windfall the father of two doesn’t believe this victory will change his life.

“It is a nice prize pool but it won’t change my life a lot, it will just make my life a little easier,” Pidun said.

We have almost reached the conclusion of Season 9 of the European Poker Tour with the EPT Grand Final kicking off on May 6th in Monte Carlo.

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EPT Berlin Main Event Enters Final Stages

by | Published: Friday, April 26th, 2013

After day four of the European Poker Tour Berlin Main Event there are only seventeen players left in the hunt for the title and the first place prize of € 880,000.

Hometown hero Roman Herold is currently the chip leader and holds a massive 4,485,000 in chips.

Herold won a massive pot against former chip-leader Aku Joentausta and continued to add to his monster chip stack throughout the night.

No matter where he finishes Herold will improve on his previous best tournament payday of € 20,000 that he won for finishing thirty-fifth in the European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event.

Herold’s closest rival is Russian Dashgyn Aliev who currently has 3,931,000 in chips.

Aliev won the biggest pot of the day when he took down 1.6 million in chips and eliminated Colin Moffat and Daniel Reijmer.

Khiem Nguyen is one of the most experienced players remaining in the tournament and is currently sitting in third position with a chip stack of 2,788,000.

Nguyen has had previous success on the European Poker Tour, winning the € 1,000 Pot Limit Omaha Rebuy during the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, and has been a consistent performer on the tournament circuit.

The biggest name remaining in the tournament is Olivier Busquet who is in fourteenth position with 736,000 in chips.

Busquet would desperately love to win this tournament to make up for his disappointment after finishing second the Main Event of the European Poker Tour Campione last year.

The New York native has been in good form so far in 2013 and has cashed in the Pokerstars Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure, World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open, Big Stax Poker Series and the Card Player Poker Tour.

Play resumes later today and will continue until a final table of eight players is reached.

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