The biggest tournament prize of the WSOP has gone to internet pro Daniel “mrgr33n13” Colman for winning the second ever $1 million buy in Big One for One Drop.
Two years after an interview in which Colman said “I don’t see poker as being a sustainable source of income a few years down the road,” the 23 year old has taken home $15.3 million.
Colman was plucked from obscurity to be coached by Oliver Busquet, and in 2012, he became the first hyper-turbo player sit and go tournament player to win more than $1 million before rakeback, in a calendar year.
The feat was achieved in just nine months of grinding on PokerStars.
Colman’s first headline of the live tournament circuit came when he beat Dan “Jungleman12” Cates in the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller this April.
This is his first WSOP bracelet and his third cash of the 2014 series—he picked up $111k for third place in Event #40: $10k Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em.
Daniel Negreanu had a “blast” but no bracelet
Colman defeated Daniel Negreanu heads up for the title. This was Negreanu’s second time as runner up for a bracelet in this World Series, and he went out in a massive pot where he started as the favorite.
Negreanu held A-4 against Colman’s K-Q as all the chips went in pre-flop. The board came down hard for Negreanu with A-J-4 giving him two pair with draws to a full house.
The ten on the turn must have crashed to the table in Negreanu’s ears—Colman now had a straight, and with one card to come the odds were reversed. The river was no help, and the crowd erupted as a victor was finally crowned.
PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu has the consolation of now being at the top of the all-time money list for live tournament poker winnings.
Tom Hall Bubble Boy
Play started with nine rather than eight players after the tournament was stopped on Day 2 before the money bubble burst.
Players clamored to play on, but the tournament director was adamant. When play resumed at the “unofficial” final table, it was Tom Hall who went home empty handed after busting out on the very first hand.
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