Daniel Colman is no stranger to winning big poker tournaments. After all, he’s already won $15.3 million at the World Series of Poker’s Big One for One Drop this year, and it’s unlikely he’ll ever get his hands on another purse quite that big. But if the last few months have been any indication, Colman’s appetite for winning hasn’t been satisfied just yet.
Daniel Colman scored yet another major poker tournament victory last week, winning the top prize at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) Main Event. The victory saw Colman add another $1,446,710 to his career winnings, moving him up into third place on the all-time live tournament money list. That puts Colman behind only Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari, and ahead of names like Phil Ivey and Erik Seidel.
Hard Rock Spends $2.5 Million to Reach Guarantee
The SHRPO promised to deliver one of the biggest prize pools of the year, and it ultimately delivered, though perhaps not in the manner that organizers had hoped for. While the tournament guaranteed a prize fund of $10 million, it could only generate 1,499 entries over the course of multiple starting flights. While that number was still impressive in raw terms, it only generated $7.5 million in buy-ins, meaning that the Seminole Hard Rock had to put up the remaining $2.5 million out-of-pocket.
But that was still plenty of cash for the players to compete for, and many prominent pros were in the hunt as the tournament drew to a close. The final table of six saw former November Nine member John Dolan and World Poker Tour winner Shawn Cunix still in the mix, albeit with short stacks.
Colman, Leah Duel for Title
But all eyes were on two of the hottest players on tour right now. Colman already had three million dollar scores this year, as he had a win at the European Poker Tour Grand Final Super High Roller ($2.1 million) and a second place finish at another Super High Roller at EPT Barcelona ($1.1 million) on his resume along with the One Drop win.
Colman came into the table in second place, behind only chip leader Mike Leah. While Leah hasn’t grabbed the headlines Colman has, he’s put together a strong 2014 as well, scoring wins at two WSOP Circuit events along with a win at a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure side event and another tournament victory in his native Canada.
In the end, the tournament came down to the Colman and Leah, with Colman taking a slight chip lead into their heads-up battle. That lead was expanded as play continued, and on the final hand, Leah needed help for his QJ suited to catch up to Colman’s AK. That help never came, handing Colman yet another major score. Leah also won over $1 million for his second place finish.
While Colman’s big wins have made headlines, it’s possible he’s become even better known for his other actions in an around major tournaments. At the Big One for One Drop, Colman didn’t celebrate his victory and talked to the media as little as possible, later explaining that he had no interest in promoting himself or the game of poker. Then, during the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller final table, he and Olivier Busquet attracted attention for wearing t-shirts with political slogans advocating for Palestine. That move caused PokerStars to ban the wearing of political statements on clothing during their live events.