Dan Colman Continues to Roll, Wins WPT Alpha8 London

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Despite saying that poker is a “very dark game,” Dan Colman (pictured) has steamrolled the competition this year. In April, he won the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller for a blistering $2.1 million. He followed that up by taking down the WSOP’s Big One for One Drop for $15.3 million, famously ducking the media after the victory and lambasting the game on Two Plus Two.

In August, Colman finished second in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller for $1.1 million and followed that up by taking down the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event for another $1.4 million. This week, Colman continued to churn out enviable finishes, taking down the WPT’s Alpha8 event in London for $957,000. That tournament had 23 entrants, 17 of which were unique, and Colman rebought one time into the £60,000 event.

According to the Hendon Mob, Colman has 10 in the money finishes in live MTTs this year; four of them are for at least $1 million, while seven are for at least $100,000. He has $22 million in winnings this year. Here’s how his 2014 run looks:

October 6, 2014
£60,000 WPT Alpha8 London Main Event
1st place for $957,396

August 28, 2014
$5,300 NLHE Seminole Hard Rock Main Event
1st place for $1,446,710

August 18, 2014
€50,000 EPT Barcelona Super High Roller
2nd place for $1,118,479

July 10, 2014
$100,000 Aria Super High Roller
3rd place for $796,821

June 29, 2014
$1,000,000 WSOP Big One for One Drop
1st place for $15,306,668

June 25, 2014
$5,000 WSOP NLHE
19th place for $22,309

June 19, 2014
$10,000 WSOP NLHE Heads-Up
3rd place for $111,942

May 2, 2014
€10,300 EPT Grand Final NLHE Turbo Six-Max
5th place for $68,526

April 24, 2014
€100,000 EPT Grand Final Super High Roller
1st place for $2,127,398

January 11, 2014
PCA High Roller
27th place for $59,300

Colman is #3 on tournament poker’s all-time money list behind only Daniel Negreanu (pictured) and Antonio Esfandiari after being ranked 1,999th six months ago. He is #62 on GPI.

While Colman has certainly excelled on the felts, he has shown little desire to promote the game away from the tables despite entering the richest and most visible tournaments in the world. Back in August, he Tweeted that poker is merely a “distraction to people [that takes away] focus from things that matter to people’s lives.” At the same time, he said, “I do not care about poker.”

Negreanu responded to previous comments from Colman by suggesting that the young haymaker perhaps consider another career: “If you are genuinely having an issue with the morality of playing poker for a living, make a choice. Don’t compromise your own moral code for money. If you truly believe in your heart that what you are doing hurts people, and you don’t want to hurt people, you need to make a choice.”

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    • if i won that much money i would definitely be complaining and telling everyone how poker is terrible and trying to get them not to play. on second thought no, i would not do any of those things.

      +1

      Regardless of this though, congrats to Colman anyway. He has had a better tournament year in 2014 (at least moneywise) than anyone ever has had in the history of poker.

    • I call rigged, an evil man shouldnt be winning so much. ; [

      There is way more people that are way more evil and earn waaaay more money. I am not a fan but there are others we should pay more attention on, obv not in the poker world.
      Regardless of his personality or his ideas, congrats its the sickest year of anyone in this industry.

    • I am an advocate of this man and his social views. Most people sub consciously (or consciously) become to emotionally involved & dependent on poker. If anything, he’s promoting self awareness. However, going as far as saying ”Poker is a dark game” is a far out statement in which is obviously connected to his own personal experiences. Moral of the story, Don’t let your emotions get the best of you–Dont become self dependent on a game that loves to hate you- & keep in mind what actually matters.

    • the guy contradicts everything he tried standing for, “he doesn’t owe poker anything, and the game is evil for exploiting gamblers bla bla” wins one drop fair enough quit then, nope keeps playing winning more shit cant tell me he needs the money any longer, so why does he keep exploiting it if he thinks its so devilish.

      The guy is a jerk off. his post one drop actions/comments are insulting to anyone who does this for a living.

      All that aside hes clearly bossing everything right now.

    • the guy contradicts everything he tried standing for, “he doesn’t owe poker anything, and the game is evil for exploiting gamblers bla bla” wins one drop fair enough quit then, nope keeps playing winning more shit cant tell me he needs the money any longer, so why does he keep exploiting it if he thinks its so devilish.

      The guy is a jerk off. his post one drop actions/comments are insulting to anyone who does this for a living.

      All that aside hes clearly bossing everything right now.

      couldnt agree more..

      chalk it up to being a cocky know it all 22 year old he doesnt even realize he souinds like a complete moron

    • and not to mention the fact that hes a terrible ambassador for the game at a time when were trying to get it regulated…in that sense its better he stays quiet

    • The kid is a beast on the felt.

      Good for him. Bnd hes talking bad about the game thats affording him a nice life. Does this make sense?

    • the guy contradicts everything he tried standing for, “he doesn’t owe poker anything, and the game is evil for exploiting gamblers bla bla” wins one drop fair enough quit then, nope keeps playing winning more shit cant tell me he needs the money any longer, so why does he keep exploiting it if he thinks its so devilish.

      The guy is a jerk off. his post one drop actions/comments are insulting to anyone who does this for a living.

      All that aside hes clearly bossing everything right now.

      This

    • I am an advocate of this man and his social views. Most people sub consciously (or consciously) become to emotionally involved & dependent on poker. If anything, he’s promoting self awareness. However, going as far as saying ”Poker is a dark game” is a far out statement in which is obviously connected to his own personal experiences. Moral of the story, Don’t let your emotions get the best of you–Dont become self dependent on a game that loves to hate you- & keep in mind what actually matters.

      This