Daniel Colman, who made poker headlines on July 1 when he won the World Series of Poker “Big One for One Drop” charity event for $15.3 million and subsequently called poker an “evil” game, has extended his historic live event run.
On Wednesday, the 23-year-old from Massachusetts earned his fourth seven-figure score in just over four months by outlasting nearly 1,500 opponents in the $5,300 buy-in Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event. His win was worth $1,446,710.
Canadian Mike Leah finished second to the online heads-up specialist and won just over $1 million after his Queen-Jack suited failed to win a showdown against Colman’s Ace-King.
Colman’s recent stretch of success began this April when he took down the €100,000 European Poker Tour Monte Carlo Super High Roller event for approximately $2.1 million. After defeating Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu in the WSOP One Drop, he finished second in the €50,000 EPT Estrellas Poker Tour Super High Roller for another $1.2 million.
The controversial poker player is now ranked #3 on poker’s all-time live tournament money list with just over $21.56 million according to The Hendon Mob database, overtaking big names such as United Kingdom pro Sam Trickett, Erik Seidel and Phil Ivey thanks to his latest win.
Close to $21 million of Colman’s career cashes in the live venue have come this year. He now sits behind 2012 Big One for One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu when it comes to career success in poker tournaments.
Rough Series for Seminole Hard Rock Casino
Although the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open attracted nearly 1,500 players into its Main Event, it was forced to honor $2.5 million in overlay payouts after it failed to reach its advertised guarantee of $10 million.
As if that weren’t enough, the casino also came under fire during its $100,000 Super High Roller event when high stakes player Scott Seiver was informed that the property’s Director of Poker Operations was “on vacation” during the casino’s biggest series of the calendar year.
Seminole Hard Rock officials went back and forth on how many places to pay out in the high stakes event. Eventually tournament organizers decided to add $50,000 to the prize pool in order to pay out a consolation prize for third place.