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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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Andre Lettau Wins 2014 EPT Barcelona Main Event

by | Published: Friday, August 29th, 2014

andre-lettau-wins-EPT-BarcelonaThe record-breaking European Poker Tour Barcelona €5,300 Main Event, which attracted a field total of 1,496 runners, came to an end yesterday after a gruelling 15-hour final table.

With an epic heads-up battle lasting six hours on its own, the final three opted for a three-way deal. After beating the near 1,500 strong field, who each paid €5,300 to play the first EPT event of Season 11, Andre Lettau emerged victorious.

The German took home the title and €794,058 in prize money, though runner-up Samuel Phillips took home a lot more thanks to the three-handed deal. Phillips banked over a million Euros in total (€1,021,275), while the third player in the deal, Hossein Ensan, picked up €652,667.

Final Table Results

Position Player Country Payout
1 Andre Lettau Germany €794,058
2 Samuel Phillips United States €1,021,275
3 Hossein Ensan Germany €652,667
4 Andrea Dato Italy €362,000
5 Andrey Shatilov Russia €286,000
6 Kiryl Radzivonau Belarus €224,500
7 Ji Zhang Germany €171,600
8 Slaven Popov Bulgaria €121,300

Ensan started the day with the chip lead, being the only player with over 10 million in chips. But it was Lettau who made the first move early in the day, winning four pots in a row and pushing himself up the leaderboard. Phillips made an early run himself, soon taking the chip lead from Ensan after picking up aces against Ensan’s King of Hearts/Jack of Spades.

Phillips continued to dominate the remaining players, constantly keeping the pressure on them as they were forced to concede pot after pot due to ICM.

Andrey Shatilov was the only player on the final table with previous EPT final-table experience, having made the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure final table a couple of years ago. Yet even his experience couldn’t help him for long. The Russian played well, but found himself short with a King and 10 of Spades. Lettau made the call with an Ace of Spades/Jack of Hearts and the board was left with just four players.

Andrea Dato was soon eliminated in fourth place, leaving the final three to play it out. Phillips soon won a monster pot and took the lead. It was at this point the three remaining players had a heated discussion, working out a deal that left €90,000 for the winner. Ensan was soon eliminated by Lettau.

This meant Lettau started the heads-up battle with a 5-1 chip lead against Phillips but over the course of the following hours the lead swapped hands several times. After 141 hands of heads-up action – more than in the rest of the final table itself – the tournament came to an end on Hand #273.

All eyes are now on London, where the next EPT event will start in just over a months’ time.

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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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PokerStars Teams Up with Seminole Poker Open Championship

by | Published: Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Back in June, the Seminole Hard Rock casino in Hollywood, Florida moved the dates of its Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship (SHRPOC) series so as not to conflict with the European Poker Tour Barcelona, which was on at the same time.

Hollywood casino poker openNow, Seminole Hard Rock has teamed up with Pokerstars Pokerstars, who also happen to be the title sponsor of the EPT, to offer players the chance to buy into the SHRPOC Main Event via their online poker account.

The SHRPOC series is set to begin on August 14. It will feature 24 events, including the $5,300 Main Event with a $10 million guarantee on the 28th followed by a $100,000 Super High Roller on September 1, both of these events will allow reentries.

The SHRPOC Main Event begins a day after the EPT Barcelona concludes, giving players enough time to play in all the events if they wish.

“For the first time ever, PokerStars is offering players the option to buy into this live event via their poker account. Players can only buy into one Day 1, and this option is only available until August 24,” says a promotional page on

To buy-in, open the PokerStars lobby, head to the ‘More’ > ‘Special’ tabs and look for the ‘Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship’ tournament, where you can choose from Day 1a, 1b, or 1c.

Seminole made headlines in the poker world last year when it announced its $10 million guarantee Main Event. Last year’s $5,300 buy-in event exceeded the guarantee by nearly $2 million and Blair Hinkle took home a $1.75 million first-place prize after defeating Justin Bonomo in heads-up play.

Take a look at the complete SHRPOC schedule below:

2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Schedule

Date Time Event Buy-in Tournament
Aug 14-17 11 AM 1 $350 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $500,000 Guaranteed
Aug 14-15 12 PM 2 $250 Omaha 8
Aug 17 12 PM 3 $250 Deep Stack Turbo No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $25,000 Guaranteed
Aug 17-18 3 PM 4 $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $100,000 Guaranteed
Aug 18-20 11 AM 5 $150 No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $150,000 Guaranteed
Aug 19 12 PM 6 $560 Black Chip Bounty PLO/No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry)
Aug 20 12 PM 7 $350 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold’em — $50,000 Guaranteed
Aug 21-24 11 AM 8 $560 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $1 Million Guaranteed
Aug 22-23 12 PM 9 $250 Seniors (50+) No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry)
Aug 23-24 12 PM 10 $250 H.O.R.S.E.
Aug 24 12 PM 11 $560 Double Black Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold’em — $50,000 Guaranteed
Aug 24-25 3 PM 12 $2,200 Eight Game Mix
Aug 25 12 PM 13 $350 Big Stack Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $30,000 Guaranteed
Aug 25 3 PM 14 $250 Pot-Limit Omaha (Reentry)
Aug 26-27 3 PM 15 $2,200 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em — $200,000 Guaranteed
Aug 28 – Sept 3 12 PM 16 $5,300 SHRPO Championship — $10 Million Guarantee (Reentry)
Aug 31 – Sept 1 3 PM 17 $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em — $100,000 Guaranteed (Reentry)
Sept 1 12 PM 18 $250 Holiday Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $30,000 Guaranteed
Sept 1-3 12 PM 19 $100,000 Super High Roller Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry)
Sept 1-2 3 PM 20 $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry)
Sept 1-2 5 PM 21 $150 No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $50,000 Guaranteed
Sept 2 12 PM 22 $250 Pot-Limit Omaha 8B (Reentry)
Sept 3 12 PM 23 $200 Big Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $50,000 Guaranteed