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  1. We can't quit Dan Colman (pictured), can we? The $15 million winner of the 2014 World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop is on a tear we haven't seen in a quite some time. Since his big win, he placed third in the Aria $100,000 Super High Roller, second in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller, and won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- Before the WSOP, he won the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller and his Big One victory obscured a third place finish in a $10,000 WSOP event. Those five finishes before and after the Big One were worth a combined $5.6 million. The man is living most of our dreams. And therein lies the problem that some people have had with Colman: he appears to be living the dream reluctantly. You probably know the story by now. Colman had to be coaxed into posing for a winner's photo after the Big One and almost did not grant a post-game interview. He posted on Two Plus Two about how he doesn't owe poker anything, how gambling is the root of many problems, and how he is just playing for money. He called poker a "distraction" and a "very dark game." Everything has pretty much been said about the subject, but on Saturday, poker pro Sam TheSquidGrafton (pictured) posted a lengthy article entitled "Poker and Silence" on RunItOnce about his thoughts on the poker community's reaction to Colman's lack of enthusiasm. Grafton's article centered on two main subjects: the relationship between poker pros and the media and how today's pros have grown in the industry. To the first point, he made a cogent observation that poker is portrayed to the non-poker public in two very contradictory ways. On the one hand, poker has been billed as a game that anyone can win. Without that spin, Grafton said, it would be hard to attract the casual players the poker economy needs to survive. At the same time, though, we are always reading about how poker is a game of skill, and it is for this reason that governments should keep the game legal. Poker pros, in turn, are held as shining examples of the skill argument. Grafton then moved into a discussion on how poker pros have changed over the years. During the poker boom that started with the convergence of Chris Moneymaker's WSOP Main Event win and the growth of online poker, pros saw loads of monetary benefits away from the tables. Said Grafton, "The generation that preceded the online players were invested in poker and the success of poker platforms in a very literal way. They were either effectively paid a wage by them through sponsorship or in the case of Full Tilt they were actual shareholders in the company. When this is the case, of course you are naturally more willing to partake in the hype and excess that helps to either grow the game or a specific company." Many poker pros who had found celebrity status during the poker boom are now out of the spotlight. The internet pros are the ones who now have the floor, but most are not all that quick to jump at the chance to be a "poker ambassador." Grafton opined that the lack of sponsorships is one reason and high-profile robberies and attacks are another. Grafton summed it up very well, writing, "The contemporary poker player has to deal with the distrust of banks and landlords, the antipathy of friends and family, and frequently a government who sees your income as illegitimate, but taxes it anyway." The current generation of pros "also had to deal with corporations such as Full Tilt and UB where fellow pros enriched themselves on our rake while demonstrating a criminal recklessness with our money and the community's trust," he added. "Those poker pros who are emerging into the spotlight today have overcome all of this and built their bankrolls without the benefits of rakeback, deposit bonuses, and soft fields which eased the entry into poker six or seven years ago. Given these circumstances, it's certainly understandable if they are happy to take their share of the money and are reluctant to do more." Grafton's piece has been very well received among poker pros. A number have relayed their applause, including Dani Stern, who wrote, "Great piece by Sam on Dan Colman and 1 drop, and our relationship as players with poker media." Olivier Busquet added, "I found your writing eloquent, thoughtful, and conscientious; our community needs more voices like yours." What do you think? Comment here and let us know. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. The poker media was left puzzled and dismayed when World Series of Poker One Drop champion Daniel Coleman (pictured) refused to give interviews after winning a massive $15.3 million first-place prize in the million-dollar buy-in tournament. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Coleman's solemn lack of celebration and quick exit from the building sparked a heated debate in the poker community as to whether the 23-year-old grinder was doing the game a disservice by choosing not to answer any questions after the victory. But instead of speaking to ESPN, which had been filming the event for broadcast at a later date, Coleman popped up in a TwoPlusTwo thread to explain the reasoning behind his actions. The post only inflamed opinions about his behavior even further. "First off, I don't owe poker a single thing. I've been fortunate enough to benefit financially from this game, but I have played it long enough to see the ugly side of this world," he said. "It is not a game where the pros are always happy and living a fulfilling life." Calling poker a "very dark game," he reasoned that most recreational players were losing money they couldn't afford to lose and that advertising gambling on television was playing off "people's impulses" and "targeting their weaknesses in order for them to make irrational decisions." Fellow pros like Schneids quickly responded: "It's hard for your message to have any level of sincerity when you are well known for trying to tilt your opponents in chat, for trying to slowly goad them into playing you for higher stakes HU, in your cunning sly ways you do." He also pointed out that giving an interview didn't equal promoting the game. "You could've done an interview and admitted to being a bit self-loathing because you believe poker has been a net negative for too many lives, even if it has been a tremendous positive in yours," he added. Dankhank was extremely critical of Coleman's seemingly selfish attitude and referred to a previous interview in which the One Drop winner had stated his intention to quit poker in the next few years to pursue other interests. "How nice for him that his financial stability, scorched earth policy toward the game (not just refusing interviews but also trash talking opponents to get more action from them), moral high ground, and recent huge score all line up so perfectly." On Twitter, high-stakes pro Kevin BeL0WaB0Ve Saul (pictured) was a bit more succinct in his disagreement with Coleman's actions. "When he entered the #BigOneForOneDrop, Dan knew what was expected from the winner and also knew he wanted to give poker a big fuck you." David "Viffer" Peat was on the 23-year-old's side, commending the pro on Twitter. "Hats off to Coleman for following his decision. We don't owe the Rio anything; they are predators taking enough from poker." Coleman's controversial move even brought TwoPlusTwo founder Mason Malmuth into the conversation who applauded the young pro, saying that he should be "commended for giving an honest answer" and calling it "quite refreshing." Second place finisher Daniel Negreanu, on the other hand, was more than happy to speak to the media and stuck around for over half-an-hour answering questions. He was quick to congratulate Coleman on the win and back his decision to shy away from the media. "I respect it completely," he told the Las Vegas media. "To each his own. If it's not something he wants to do, then I think we should all give him a break." Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. On Tuesday, Dan Colman won the Big One for One Dropat the World Series of Poker for $15.3 million. While Colman might have won the battle, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) won the war, becoming tournament poker's all-time money leader according to the Hendon Mob. Negreanu passed Antonio Esfandiari, who won the 2012 One Drop. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- "Kid Poker" has a staggering $29.7 million in career tournament winnings after picking up $8.2 million for finishing second in the One Drop on Tuesday. Last September, he took second in the EPT Barcelona High Roller for $352,000 and followed that up with a win in the WSOP Europe High Roller for $979,000, a final table in the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge for $492,000, and a fourth place finish in the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge for $1.1 million. He has amassed $10.2 million in tournament winnings this year alone. Negreanu told WSOP staff after finishing second in the One Drop on Tuesday, "The $8 million is [a good consolation prize], but… it's really important to reinforce [that] $4.6 million was raised for charity. Otherwise, it's a bunch of rich people with too much money gambling for stakes that are obscene." He posted on Twitter when the $1 million buy-in One Drop had finished, "Thanks for all your support everyone and congrats to those who bought a piece of my action! I'm happy with how I played and proud too… Had a blast battling Daniel Coleman! Actually joyful and amazing experience. What a great player and great kid. Congrats to him." Negreanu is second to Carlos Mortensen (pictured) on the World Poker Tour's all-time money list at $5.7 million and has failed to pass $1 million in tournament winnings in a year just three times since 2004, according to the Hendon Mob. Negreanu has six bracelets, tied for ninth all-time, and has 78 WSOP in the money finishes, good for fifth all-time. Here are the top 10 players on the tournament poker all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob. You'll notice that Colman, this year's One Drop winner, is already in sixth place: 1. Daniel Negreanu - $29,796,381 2. Antonio Esfandiari - $26,244,377 3. Phil Ivey - $21,431,318 4. Erik Seidel - $20,445,359 5. Sam Trickett - $20,065,545 6. Daniel Colman - $18,200,842 7. Phil Hellmuth - $18,146,522 8. John Juanda - $16,052,904 9. Michael Mizrachi - $14,579,583 10. Scott Seiver - $12,607,348 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest poker news. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. On Tuesday night, the world watched as Dan Colman (pictured) won the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop on ESPN. Colman was largely stoic after the final cards were dealt and for the most part looked stunned. He quickly declined interviews and exited the Rio while second place finisher Daniel Negreanu cordially stuck around, spoke to the press, and took pictures. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- On TwoPlusTwo after the fact, Colman called poker a "very dark game" and added, "I don't owe poker a single thing. I've been fortunate enough to benefit financially from this game, but I have played it long enough to see the ugly side of this world. It is not a game where the pros are always happy and living a fulfilling life." On Tuesday, Colman spoke up again, this time on Twitter, saying, "While I appreciate @lonmceachern's and @RealKidPoker's attempts to hypothesize at me being a 24-year-old who doesn't know who he is yet, I am actually 100% certain who I am." Colman then spouted off, "I find it to be a much greater accomplishment (and necessary) if thru solidarity, we can get everyone at the bottom to all move up a couple rungs on the ladder. This can be done once we stop idolizing those who were able to make it to the top." The One Drop champ, who added $15 million to his coffers for the win, cleared up earlier comments by saying the following in two successive Tweets: After calling poker a "distraction," several people asked a logical follow-up question: "If it's such a distraction, why do you play then?" Another person commented, "By not speaking, you have made more noise, which was probably the opposite of your goal." Another person on Twitter gave Colman a straightforward exit plan: "Lost all respect for you man... Give all the money to charity and bounce the F out of poker if you don't like it." Shortly after Colman's original comments about poker came out in July, Negreanu offered the following words of wisdom to Colman about perhaps pursuing another career choice in a blog on Full Contact Poker: "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." What do you think? Leave a comment here and let us know. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. Despite calling poker a "distraction" and a "very dark game" as well as refusing media interviews, Dan Colman (pictured) has certainly demonstrated that he's a force to be reckoned with. On Wednesday, Colman won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event, which had a $2.5 million overlay and a $10 million guarantee, to take home $1.4 million. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- Yes, this is the same Colman who won the Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas for $15.3 million this year. The same Colman who said most recreational players were losing money they couldn't afford to lose. The same Colman who said advertising gambling on television was playing off "people's impulses" and "targeting their weaknesses in order for them to make irrational decisions." Despite all of the negative press surrounding Colman, he has certainly excelled this year. In fact, he is now up to #3 on tournament poker's all-time money list, trailing only Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari. Mike timex McDonald perhaps put it best in a Tweet that had been re-Tweeted over 50 times when we checked it out: Colman battled PocketFiver Mike goleafsgoeh Leah heads-up in the Florida poker tournament and entered with a slight chip lead. In the final hand, Colman, a heads-up specialist, 3bet pre-flop with A-K, according to CardPlayer, and Leah 4bet all-in with Q-J of clubs. Colman called and was ahead the entire way to book the win in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event. Here's how the final table cashed out: 1. Daniel Colman - $1,446,710 2. Mike goleafsgoehLeah - $1,047,638 3. Shawn flexicom Cunix - $748,313 4. John JRD312 Dolan - $548,763 5. Joe daPHUNNIEman Kuether - $424,044 6. Martin Hanowski - $324,269 7. Blake Bohn - $249,438 8. Brian SN8WMAN Hawkins - $199,550 9. Roman Valerstein - $149,663 The win is the latest in a string of impressive performances from Colman. Here's a look at a few of the highlights over the last year, with data provided by the Hendon Mob: April 2014 €100,000 NLHE Super High Roller, EPT Grand Final 1st place for $2,127,398 June 2014 $1 Million WSOP Big One for One Drop 1st place for $15,306,668 August 2014 €50,000 NLHE Super High Roller, EPT Barcelona 2nd place for $1,118,479 September 2014 $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event 1st place for $1,446,710 Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. Last week, the Big One for One Drop played out at the World Series of Poker. Its winner, Dan Colman, exited stage right shortly after his $15 million win and refused media interviews despite the fact that ESPN is devoting three weeks of coverage to the event. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- On TwoPlusTwo after the fact, Colman called poker a "very dark game" and added, "I don't owe poker a single thing. I've been fortunate enough to benefit financially from this game, but I have played it long enough to see the ugly side of this world. It is not a game where the pros are always happy and living a fulfilling life." Contrastingly, his heads-up opponent, Daniel Negreanu (pictured), who became poker's all-time money leader after an $8 million haul, was affable following the tournament and then took to his own blog on FullContactPoker to talk about his sentiments. Again, this is after Negreanu lost a heads-up match for $7 million in real money. Negreanu agreed with Colman in part, writing, "Truth is, most of you reading this will be lifetime losers at poker. You are unlikely to become successful professional poker players. It is available to all of you, and some of you will find success at the tables, but the truth is clear: most of you will fail. Sucks huh? It's the truth and he is right about that." Negreanu reminded readers that the One Drop event, which donated $111,111 of each player's buy-in to charity, raised over $4 million. He added, "Colman is a successful player and makes millions because he is an exceptional talent, an accomplishment I would hope he is proud of when he looks back on his life and the opportunities poker has now given him to be financially free and make a difference in the world however he chooses to." To contrast Colman's less-than-rosy picture of poker, Negreanu emphasized the game's strong suits, including "playing games and using your mind on a regular basis is excellent exercise for the elderly" and "people with gambling addictions are drawn to more instant gratification games like slot machines rather than a game of wits like poker." "[Be]thankful that you found a game you both love to play and are also good enough so that you can make a life for yourself," Negreanu, 39 years of age, advised Colman (pictured), 15 years his younger. "You don't owe poker anything, sure, but poker has given you a lot." Negreanu closed by suggesting that Colman, if he truly believes poker is a "dark game," should perhaps consider a career change: "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." We've heard that most of the ESPN coverage of the One Drop will be focused on Negreanu, who became poker's all-time money leader in the event and is one of the most visible and gracious ambassadors poker has to offer. The event will begin airing on July 29 on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. A $15.3 million payday was forked over to 23-year-old Dan Colman (pictured), who won the Big One for One Drop, a $1 million buy-in tournament, at the World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Colman defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up. According to WSOP.com, Colman is a heads-up sit and go specialist who plays online under the handle mrgr33n13. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Colman is now sixth on tournament poker's all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob, while Negreanu is now in first placeafter scoring an $8.2 million hit. Colman has been on a rampage over the last eight months, finishing third in the PartyPoker Premier League VII for $194,000, winning the EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller for $2.1 million, and now taking down the Big One for One Drop for a spectacular $15.3 million. The tournament raised $4.6 million for the One Drop charity, which focuses on water conservation, and its total prize pool swelled to $37.3 million. The Big One for One Drop drew 42 entrants this time around and on its final hand, Negreanu moved all-in before the flop after Colman had limped and Colman made the call. Negreanu showed A-4 and was in front of Colman's K-Q, even finding aces-up on an A-4-J flop. However, the turn was a 10, leaving Colman one card away from a win with Broadway, and a blank hit on the river. Colman held a slight chip lead over Negreanu(pictured with fans) when heads-up play began. "Kid Poker" quickly wrangled that edge away, but a 60-million chip pot proved to be the difference-maker. On a board of 4-8-J-A-4, Negreanu, who had check-called on the flop and turn, checked once more and Colman bet 18 million. WSOP.com relayed, "'Kid Poker' went into the tank. He made his contingent giggle a few times, stretching and swirling in his chair, and then reached for chips. He was shaking his head, talking to a non-responsive Colman, then called." Colman flipped over A-4 for a boat and his rail went wild when Negreanu mucked. The One Drop featured a blockbuster field no matter how you slice it. There were 30 professional players and 12 amateurs; 18 were returning players from 2012 when it last ran. Fifteen of the 42 entrants were bracelet winners, while one (Erik Seidel) was a Poker Hall of Fame member. Greg Merson was the One Drop's lone former Main Event champion. Here were the eight in the money finishers in the 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop: 1st Place: Daniel Colman - $15,306,668 2nd Place: Daniel Negreanu - $8,288,001 3rd Place: Christoph Vogelsang - $4,480,000 4th Place: Rick Salomon - $2,800,000 5th Place: Tobias Reinkemeier - $2,053,334 6th Place: Scott Seiver - $1,680,000 7th Place: Paul Newey - $1,418,667 8th Place: Cary Katz - $1,306,667 Also at the Rio, Mike babyshark33Kachan (pictured) won the final $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament on the WSOP schedule. It was Kachan's second career WSOP final table and first WSOP cash since 2011. He told WSOP staff, "It feels great. It was a tough ride, but it was well worth it. I am really thankful for all of the people I have behind me." Former #1 ranked PocketFiver Steve gboro780 Gross, the only member of the final table with a bracelet, took seventh place: 1st Place: Mike babyshark33Kachan - $403,483 2nd Place: Jeff Blenkarn - $250,815 3rd Place: Eric Shanks - $177,527 4th Place: Andrew Egan - $128,032 5th Place: Viktor Skoldstedt - $93,490 6th Place: Neo Hoang - $69,084 7th Place: Steve gboro780Gross - $51,676 8th Place: Richard Milne - $39,109 9th Place: Raymond Henson - $29,951 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, sponsored by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. In a series of Tweets, poker pro Olivier livb112Busquet (pictured) seemingly called out the "old guard" of poker. He Tweeted last week, "This idea that current pros 'owe' some past group of pros for paving the way or growing the game is just nonsense." According to a later Tweet, the one person who could receive an exemption from Busquet's blanket statement is 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- Moneymaker garnered support from several posters on Twitter, including 2010 November Niner Joseph subiime Cheong, who wrote, "Everyone owes Chris for winning with such an awesome last name." Busquet clarified, "If anyone should be 'thankful,' it's pros who were at the right place at the right unique time and made money without having to be good at poker." "Late Night Poker" host Jesse May responded, "But comparing poker skill in 2014 to skill in 2003 is like harping on Newton for being dominated by Einstein. It's relative." Haralabos Voulgaris said, "Right place right time and a real willingness to be camera whores can and did pay off back then." Voulgaris promptly called out Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari for "going through the Foxwoods buy-in line over and over again to make sure cameras were present." You can check out the full responses to Busquet's Tweet here: In response to Busquet's ambassador comments, one person called out his friend, Dan Colman, who has come under fire for ducking the media and refusing to promote poker while at the same time sounding off on message boards about the evils of the game ad nauseam. Another poster singled out Daniel Negreanu as being a face of poker, but Busquet responded, "Seems like you're assuming pros are doing this stuff for free? Usually, they are paid. It's part of their contract to promote, etc." Busquet has done a variety of poker broadcasting and won the Estrellas Poker Tour High Roller Event in August for $1.1 million. He has over $6 million in live tournament winnings to his credit, according to the Hendon Mob, along with another $359,000 online. What do you think? How much do the rising stars of poker, and the community as a whole, owe the "old guard"? And who should be considered an ambassador of the game? Leave a comment here and let us know. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. Last week, World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop champ Dan Colman (pictured) provoked another firestorm of controversy after popping into a 2+2 thread and laying heavy criticism on 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. After watching his comments spread like wildfire through the poker community, the 24-year-old softened his stance on the "Poker Brat" and issued an apology of sorts. In the same post, though, Colman couldn't help but speak his mind and praised 2014 Main Event winner Martin Jacobson, while chiding his predecessor, Ryan Riess. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- In his original remarks, Colman blasted Hellmuth, calling his table behavior "truly pathetic," while referring to him as "spineless" and "a cancer to this world". He also questioned the "Poker Brat's" association with Ultimate Bet, his refusal to answer questions regarding the site's cheating scandal, and implied that Hellmuth would do "anything for a payday." But the young grinder apparently didn't anticipate the way his post would be scrutinized by the media. Hellmuth himself even Tweeted about the insult, saying that "it was personal and it hurts." That's when Colman decided to take things down a notch and posted a lengthy response in the original thread. "I admit to being too harsh in my initial post. Phil didn't deserve that hateful of a message," he said. "I was a bit heated in the moment and it showed in my writings. I underestimate how much the poker world amplifies anything I have to say now that I have god-moded a few live tournaments." Colman continued by reiterating his decision to not become an ambassador for the game. "I am sorry, but I'm not going to be that guy," he said. "Luckily for you guys, there's an abundance of players out there who I am sure can bring good attention to poker and cast it in a good light." One of his favored candidates for that role seems to be 2014 WSOP Main Event bracelet winner Martin Jacobson (pictured). "Look to the new Main Event champ… unlike the last champ, he doesn't have to go around saying he's the best in the world after winning," he said. "He plays phenomenal poker and carries himself exceptionally well, so his peers are happy to do the talking for him." With that statement, he took a shot at 2013 Main Event winner Ryan Riess, the 24-year-old poker pro who often claimed that he was the best poker player in the world. That said, Coleman heaped more praise on this year's Main Event winner while continuing to criticize Hellmuth (pictured). "I think I can speak for any legitimate pro when I say that I want someone like Martin representing the game of poker to the casual fan over an obnoxious brat like Phil Hellmuth, who I think makes a complete mockery out of the game with his antics," he continued. "If you want poker to be taken seriously and seen as a sport, I think we should all be condemning PH for his conduct." While he may have apologized to Hellmuth initially, Coleman went right back on the attack, questioning the controversial pro's involvement in Ultimate Bet. "As much as some of you guys want to give him a pass on his table behavior because you think it draws in people to poker, sites like UB, which he represented, do the exact opposite and put a stain on poker that is hard to remove," he said. "In my view, he is a terrible ambassador for the game and I think it's despicable that with all the money he made as the face of UB, he has never even sat down and engaged the poker community about his involvement." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. In a recent segment on "Poker Night in America," Nolan Dalla (pictured) did what only Nolan Dalla is capable of doing. The show's creative director recently took the hammer to World Series of Poker One Drop champion Dan Colman, who has called poker a "very dark game" and "a distraction" despite winning over $22 million from live tournaments this year, according to the Hendon Mob. He ducked reporters following the One Drop, similar to Phil Ivey in 2009. "Is he right? I don't think so," Dalla said in a one-minute clip. "How does a man who has won $21 million in three tournaments the last four or five months say poker is bad? Are you kidding me? Seriously? Is that what you're saying? Poker is bad?" Colman has been on the run of a lifetime in 2014, winning the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop for $15.3 million just two months removed from taking down the EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller Event for $2.1 million. He finished second in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller Event for $1.1 million and, the same month, won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event for another $1.4 million. He just won the WPT Alpha8 tournament in London. Dalla told viewers that poker "has provided a person that's 23 years old with a chance to be here. I've never heard of this guy and he's winning $21 million. That's more than anyone in the NFL, the NHL, the NBA, or Major League Baseball. $21 million in, what, four months, and he's saying poker is bad? Give me some bad! Give me some of that horrible tragedy! If poker's awful, I'll take it. Give me this awful situation called poker. I'll take it, Daniel Colman, if you don't want it. I will." Keep in mind that Dalla was screaming at the top of his lungs and using emphatic hand motions like only Nolan Dalla can, so we'd take this as less of a criticism than it might read. Nevertheless, we want your feedback! Did you watch the "Poker Night in America" episode? What did you think of Dalla's spirited rant? Let us know by commenting here.
  11. 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." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  12. As 2015 officially begins, we take a look back at five of the biggest poker news stories of 2014. At the end of the article, let us know what other headlines you thought were memorable this year. 5. Christian Lusardi Causes Havoc at Borgata with Counterfeit Chips Tournament organizers at Borgata's Winter Poker Open in January were forced to cancel the event after finding that several bogus poker chips had been introduced into play. Christian Lusardi (pictured) of Fayetteville, North Carolina was quickly identified as the culprit and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Lusardi had made out well in the tournament, winning $6,814 with the help of his homemade chips. Authorities caught a break when the staff at Harrah's Atlantic City found even more of the phony chips clogging the pipes of Lusardi's bathroom. After the tournament was shut down, some players were unhappy with the Borgata's settlement and filed a lawsuit against the casino, accusing it of negligence. Lusardi is charged with rigging a publicly exhibited contest, criminal attempt, and theft by deception. 4. Phil Ivey's High-Stakes Baccarat Escapades Last year, Phil Ivey (pictured) went on the heater of a lifetime, winning $12.5 million playing Punto Banco at the posh Crockfords Casino in London. Crockfords, however, refused to pay the 10-time bracelet winner, claiming he had used a prohibited method called edge-sorting to illegally win the cash. Ivey filed suit against Crockfords and asserted that the controversial technique didn't break any laws. In October, a judge sided with Crockfords and ruled that Ivey's manipulative behavior during the baccarat sessions would be considered "cheating for the purpose of civil law." Ivey himself is being sued by Borgata, which also claims the 38-year-old cheated using edge-sorting to pocket $9.6 million. 3. Gus Hansen's Epic Losing Streak High-stakes pro Gus Hansen will not be ringing in 2015 on a high note, at least in regards to poker. The "Great Dane" reached the grim milestone of surpassing $20 million in online losses to become the biggest loser in online poker history. Before Black Friday saw Full Tilt Poker shut down, Hansen had been in the midst of a $7 million upswing. When the site reopened, however, he lost all of it back, plus $10 million more, as he stubbornly refused to move down in limits. Hansen spoke about the losses in an interview, saying, "I can't keep losing… At some point, I have to quit." Hansen and high-stakes legend Viktor Blom were recently stripped of their sponsorship deals with Full Tilt Poker. 2. Dan Colman Wins Millions, Refuses to Promote Poker With over $22 million in winnings in 2014, Dan Colman (pictured) had a year about which most could only dream. The young pro started the year strong, pocketing $2,127,398 for his first place finish in the EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller Event and followed that up with a third place finish for $111,942 at the WSOP. But those big wins pale in comparison to the $15,306,668 Colman banked for besting the tough field in the $1 Million Big One for One Drop. To the chagrin of the poker media, Coleman refused to give interviews or even take pictures after the massive win. Choosing instead to make a statement on 2+2, Colman called poker "a very dark game" and said he didn't "owe poker a single thing." He later unleashed on Phil Hellmuth, calling "The Poker Brat" a "whore" and a "cancer" who would promote anything for money. Seeing his comments quickly spread through the poker world, he issued somewhat of an apology to Hellmuth. 1. Amaya Gaming Buys PokerStars and Full Tilt for $4.9 Billion By far the biggest poker story of the year was Amaya's surprise acquisition of the online gambling giant PokerStars. Rumors of the sale first began to swirl in August, with the all-cash $4.9 billion deal confirmed in June. The purchase helped to elegantly solve the company's issues with breaking into the regulated US i-gaming market. PokerStars was denied a license to operate in New Jersey due to the continued involvement of founders Isai and Mark Scheinberg in the business. The sale to Amaya allowed the father and son to cash out, while allowing the company to present a cleaner image to US regulators. PokerStars has recently begun to make some controversial changes, like cutting loose nonproductive affiliates, raising rake, and reducing its sponsor player roster. It has still yet to break into the US market. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  13. In 2014, Dan Colman (pictured) earned $22.3 million from live poker tournaments, according to the Hendon Mob, and made waves with his off-the-felt antics. He more than doubled the next closest person on the 2014 money list, won the most money ever by a tournament player in a year, and, accordingly, captured the CardPlayer and Bluff Player of the Year honors. We'll start with CardPlayer, where Colman logged nine qualifying final tables in 2014, highlighted by his massive $15.3 million victory in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker. Colman piled up 5,498 CardPlayer Player of the Year Points in 2014, but only 600 of them came from the Big One. Here were the top 10 finishers in the race: 1. Daniel Colman - 5,498 points ($22,319,279 in winnings) 2. Ami UhhMee Barer - 5,042 points ($2,363,903 in winnings) 3. Mike goleafsgoeh Leah - 4,830 points ($2,054,400 in winnings) 4. Mustapha lasagnaaammm Kanit - 4,514 points ($1,234,776 in winnings) 5. Martin Jacobson - 4,148 points ($10,677,589 in winnings) 6. Mukul NeVerMuK Pahuja - 4,146 points ($1,395,891 in winnings) 7. Dylan Wilkerson - 4,096 points ($1,287,851 in winnings) 8. Jake Schindler - 3,955 points ($2,217,434 in winnings) 9. Davidi legrouzin Kitai - 3,829 points ($2,176,343 in winnings) 10. Simon x1deadman1x Deadman - 3,742 points ($1,058,355 in winnings) Over on Bluff, the site's Editor-in-Chief, Lance Bradley, commented, "Colman did this year what poker players dream of – he burst into the tournament scene with multiple million-dollar scores and seemed to make final tables at will. The Bluff POY is about recognizing excellence, and on the felt Colman was certainly the model of that this year." Colman beat out Leah in the Bluff Player of the Year race, amassing over 1,400 points, 300 more than the Canadian: 1. Daniel Colman - 1,447.70 points 2. Mike goleafsgoehLeah - 1,149.64 points 3. Dan KingDan Smith - 949.35 points 4. Ami UhhMeeBarer - 930.79 points 5. Ole Schemion - 927.56 points 6. Martin Jacobson - 888.50 points 7. Mukul NeVerMuKPahuja - 882.40 points 8. Pratyush FenwayKing Buddiga - 881.36 points 9. Davidi legrouzinKitai - 877.60 points 10. Doug Polk - 823.55 points Colman's year was one of the most impressive in the history of poker. He won the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller in April for $2.1 million and then made the semis of a Heads-Up WSOP event for $111,000. His One Drop victory occurred shortly thereafter and was worth $15.3 million and, in July, Colman finished third in a Super High Roller event at Aria in Las Vegas for $796,000. In August, Colman won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event for $1.4 million and took second in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller for another $1.1 million. He finished off the year by taking third in the WPT Alpha8 stop in London for $957,000 and finishing seventh in the ACOP Super High Roller for $373,000. Other than that, it was a pretty slow year. He cashed in tournaments on three continents and had four wins in 11 cashes, according to the Hendon Mob. We won't get into Colman's well-documented antics off the table in this article. Therefore, we'll close by congratulating him on his breakthrough year! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  14. [caption width="640"] The Super High Roller Bowl confirmed 47 of 49 entrants on Tuesday.[/caption] Three months before cards are even in the air, the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl at Aria Hotel and Casino has sold out all 49 available seats. And the list of confirmed players reads like a who's-who of the high-stakes tournament scene - with the glaring omission of one name. Andrew Robl, Dan Colman, Doug Polk, Dan Smith and Fedor Holz are among the 47 confirmed names. Brian Rast, who won the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl, is also one of the players who have confirmed their place in the event. Not surprisingly, others from the 2015 final table are also slated to make another run. Runner-up Scott Seiver is joined by Connor Drinan, Timofey Kuznetsov, David Peters and Tom Marchese. Each one of those players cashed for at least $1 million last year when the buy-in was $500,000. "The speed at which this exciting event sold out is evidence of the popularity of the Super High Roller Bowl and of poker itself,” said Clint Stinchcomb, CEO of Poker Central, the broadcast partner of the event. “With some of the most exciting and famous players already locked in, the Super High Roller Bowl will be riveting to watch.” While most of the regulars from the high roller circuit are in this event, one such player is not amongst them. Phil Ivey, who played the event last year, is not included in the list of 47. Other players who are confirmed to play include Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth and Erik Seidel. Only 47 of the 49 players in the field were announced as two final spots are being held for ARIA VIPs. A shot-clock will also be enforced throughout the tournament. Players will have 40 seconds to act on their hand and will have five 60-second time banks to use each day to extend their allotted time. Players are also expected to adhere to a business casual dress code and players are not permitted to wear sunglasses at the table. This year, the buy-in is $300,000 and the prizepool is guaranteed at $15,000,000. With $300,000 added to the prizepool by sponsors, the SHRB is a negative-rake event. “I’ve never seen a high-stakes tournament sell out three months in advance," Sean McCormack, ARIA Director of Poker Operations. "It’s unprecedented. We have a significant waiting list, too.” The speed at which the event filled even caught some players off-guard. Registration opened on January 22 and nearly four weeks later, interested players were being turned away. Max Silver, who won a $25,000 High Roller event at Aria last May, attempted to lock up his seat in mid-February, only to find there was no more room. "Guess I'm not playing the Aria 300K," Silver tweeted on February 16. "Seems like I bubbled the remaining spaces for pros." The event runs May 29 to June 1 at the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Play will start with seven seven-handed tables and the final seven players will all cash. The winner walks away with $5,000,000.
  15. [caption width="640"] Dan Smith is aiming to raise 0,000 for charities before year-end. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] They say the winter holidays are a season of giving. Acclaimed poker pro Dan Smithis taking that to another level with his charity drive, which could raise as much as $350,000 for a group of select charities. This is the second year in a row Smith has done a charity drive. In 2015, he and fellow poker pro Dan Colman pledged to match donations up to $70,000. With the help of other donation matching sites, Raising for Effective Giving (REG), and, of course, the scores of people who donated, they were able to raise over $210,000 for a quartet of charities; Deworm the World, Against Malaria, Machine Intelligence Research Institute, and The Massachusetts Bail Fund. Smith said the initial idea came from a New Year’s resolution to give back to the world somehow. “I saw a charity running a matching drive, and got an idea. I did some math and saw if I ran my OWN matching drive, every $1 out of my pocket would be $4 towards a good cause. And it has been very successful. Two years ago I donated $25,000 and it raised a bit over $100,000. Last year I donated $35,000, (which I get to write off on my taxes) to raise $210,854.” This year, Smith is back at it with even loftier goals. He is flying solo and trying to raise and match up to $175,000 for nine different charities detailed on his website. Smith grouped the charities into three categories. There is a group for efficient giving, where a dollar can stretch rather far, a group of charities designed to help those in the prison system, and a group Dan describes as, “a few charities that I believe attempt to get to the core of certain issues,” rather than charities that try to solve smaller scale problems. Smith has a presence on Twitter as @dansmithholla, but other than placing some wagers on the election, he generally refrained from discussing politics or the election. Now that the results are in, many are looking for ways to reach out, be more philanthropic, and contribute and Smith put in ample time researching an array of causes to cover many areas of interests and offer something for someone of any political leaning. “The political landscape certainly has a lot to do with it,” Smith explained when discussing the motivation behind expanding the project. “The world is in a crazy place right now, and it’s hard to think of productive ways to make it better. It’s scary.” Since Colman and Smith started the pledge matching initiative last year, others in the poker community have followed suit. Dan Shak launched a drive to raise $35,000 in tandem with REG last month. Numerous poker pros over the years have displayed a penchant for philanthropy, playing in charity tournaments or donating a portion of their earnings to a cause. Smith’s tact is a little different in that not only is he contributing, but he is pushing to get numerous others involved and ensuring the capital is beneficial to donors who can write the money off on their taxes and to seek out charities which are efficient with the funds they raise. Throw in the fact he is matching pledges himself and it is entirely likely Smith will raise over a quarter of a million dollars for these organizations by year’s end. If you have questions about his program, Smith has volunteered to research them himself. He will not be matching donations for charities not on his list because of his extensive vetting process, but he is open to answering questions. Questions regarding the drive can be sent to receiptsforcharity@gmail.com. Those interested in donating have until the end of the year to participate in Smith’s matching initiative.
  16. [caption width="640"] The Big One for One Drop is back for 2016 - but with significant changes[/caption] The biggest buy-in poker tournament - the Big One for One Drop - in history is back for 2016, but there are a few important changes that will be sure to catch a few people by surprise. “The Big One for One Drop is back. This time at the iconic casino in Monte Carlo in a new reinvented format for recreational players only,” said Guy Laliberte, theCirque du Soleil founder who helped create the One Drop charity. That’s right - recreational players only. Poker superstars like Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari and Erik Seidel won’t be able to play under the format change. Laliberte hopes this will have a net-positive impact on the charitable initiatives of One Drop. “From the beginning, we knew that The Big One for One Drop was a unique event,” said Laliberté. “This year, by shifting the focus to recreational players, we’re looking to bring fun and innovation to charitable giving. We believe the events in Monaco will attract high net-worth individuals from across the globe to enjoy the game, the networking opportunities and the incredible VIP experiences only available in one of the world’s most iconic settings.” The €1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop runs October 14 - 16 at the Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco. Players will be able to re-enter until the end of Day 1 and €111,111 of each buy-in goes directly to the One Drop charity. One Drop works to provide better access to clean water in third world countries. The other important change for 2016 is the buy-in. The $1 million buy-in has been replaced by a €1 million buy-in. At current exchange rates that equals $1.1 million buy-in making it the largest buy-in tournament in history. “The Monte Carlo One Drop Extravaganza featuring the Big One for One Drop Invitational surrounded by a full slate of tournaments and cash games every day,” said Laliberte. “Players from around the world will come to this exclusive destination October 13 - 17.” The festival schedule includes a day full of Step qualifiers with buy-ins of €10,000, €50,000 and €250,000. There are also seven other tournaments with buy-ins ranging from €10,000 to €100,000. A portion of each buy-in goes directly to the One Drop charity. There is also a €1,000,000 buy-in cash game running on October 17. The Big One for One Drop, which attracted a mix of top-flight professional players and wealthy businessmen looking to test their poker game in a high-stakes tournament, debuted at the 2012 World Series of Poker and was won by Esfandiari. It ran again two years later when Dan Colman beat Negreanu heads up to win the $15 million first place prize.
  17. [caption width="640"] Jason Koon beat Charlie Carrel to win the 0,000 buy-in PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Jason Koon overcame one of the toughest high roller fields on the poker calendar to win the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller and a career-best $1,650,300. For the 31-year-old, the win brought back memories of time when he was playing smaller buy-ins but dreaming bigger. “My first PCA, I was walking out of the casino and before I knew Scott Seiver that well, I saw him walk by me with headphones on, walking to the final table of a $100K or a $25K and being like ‘hell yeah, that’s Scott Seiver and he’s going to play the final table of this $100K’,” said Koon. “I was trying to satellite into the Main. I was thinking, one day I hope I can play those $25Ks and $100Ks. Sitting there with the trophy in front of me was just kind of a surreal moment.” Over the last six months Koon has recorded eight cashes, six of them for at least six-figures and total earnings of $3,909,741. Along with this Super High Roller he’s also won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event and the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic High Roller. “It’s just ridiculous. Poker tournaments are silly. That’s all I can say,” said Koon. “I don’t know how much of that is bias is from like ‘oh, I’ve been running well so I’m going to come in and feel good’ and when you’re running bad that’s not the case.” Koon started the final table with the third-biggest stack, trailing only Charlie Carrel and Dan Colman, but got to work on moving up the chip counts. Just and hour into play Koon raised to 100,000 from the button before Bryn Kenney, who won this event last year and has cashed in the event two other times, moved all in for 655,000. Koon called and tabled [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"] and Kenney turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="2c"] flop kept Kenney ahead and the [poker card="6h"] turn was no harm, but the [poker card="qs"] completed Broadway for Koon and eliminated Kenney in seventh place. Almost two hours later, Carrel picked up his first elimination of the final table. Carrel raised to 205,000 from the button before Connor Drinan moved all in from the big blind for just under 700,000. Carrel called and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] which put him well ahead of Drinan’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="4c"]. The [poker card="5c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"] flop put Drinan ahead and gave him a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="ks"] turn flipped the script though and left Drinan drawing thing on the river. The [poker card="ac"] river gave Carrel top two pair and eliminated Drinan in sixth. Byron Kaverman was the next victim, falling victim to Dan Colman in a blind-vs-blind batle. Action folded to Colman in the small blind and moved all in, Kaverman called off his 720,000 stack. Colman had [poker card="9h"][poker card="6h"] while Kaverman had [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2s"] flop put Colman ahead and neither the [poker card="2h"] turn or [poker card="ks"] river were any help for Kaverman and he was out in fifth. Just over an hour later a pair of back-to-back eliminations got the tournament to heads up. Carrel raised to 225,000 from the button before Daniel Dvoress moved all in for 2,000,000. Carrel called and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"], having Dvoress’ [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"] dominated. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Carrel even more reason to breathe easy, but the [poker card="8h"] turn gave Dvoress a flush draw. The [poker card="ah"] river completed Dvoress’ flush but filled up Carrel to send Dvoress to the rail in fourth place. On the very next hand Colman raised to 3,000,000 and Carrel called from the button. Colman turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"] but got bad news when Carrel showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="9d"] board was no help for Colman and he was out in third place. After being responsible for eliminating both Dvoress and Colman, Carrel began heads-up play with Koon holding 8,700,000 of the 12,500,000 chips in play. Over the course of the next two hours, with neither player interested in looking at chop numbers, Koon turned the tables on Carrel and finally put the young Brit away. The two checked through a flop of [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="2s"] and [poker card="8s"] turn. Carrel bet 400,000 after the [poker card="jd"] river and Koon moved all in. Carrel called off his remaining stack and then mucked his [poker card="kc"][poker card="7d"] after Koon showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="8d"] for two pair and the win. The $100,000 buy-in event attracted a total of 54 entries with 41 unique entries for a total prizepool of $5,239,080. Final Table Payouts Jason Koon - $1,650,300 Charlie Carrel - 1,191,900 Dan Colman - 759,660 Daniel Dvoress - 576,300 Byron Kaverman - 445,320 Connor Drinan - 340,540 Bryn Kenney - 275,060
  18. [caption width="640"] Dan Colman has a shot at another million dollar score in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller[/caption] Just over two and a half years ago, Dan Colman stood on center stage at the World Series of Poker and posed in front of nearly $15 million in cash. Having won the second edition of the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop, Colman went from anonymous to poker famous with the literal turn of a card. And then just as quickly he became one of poker’s biggest villains after turning down most post-tournament interviews, a normal part of the post-tournament routine for any bracelet winner. In the aftermath, a Las Vegas newspaper reporter even labeled Colman as a “petulant child”. Colman, deep in Day 2 of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas $100,000 Super High Roller, regrets nothing about that day but thinks that if he won the tournament today, he might be willing to talk a little bit more, just not about what you might expect. “My reaction wouldn’t be different. I wouldn’t celebrate, I wouldn’t want to talk about how great the feeling was because for some reason, I don’t feel that way,” said Colman. “So I’d do the same thing. I’d probably give interviews and talk about these feelings I have.” Those feelings are part of the story that might have been most misunderstood at the time. Sure, $15 million is a massive amount of money, but the now 26-year-old enjoys playing poker because of the challenge it presents, not the money he can win or lose. “I didn’t want to be somebody holding fists full of money, saying ‘Oh my god, this is the best day of my life’ because I enjoyed playing the poker there, but winning has always been a very low feeling for me for some reason,” said Colman. “I had played so much poker that day. It was the most fun I ever had playing poker, I loved the action of it all an then after it ends I had such an adrenaline dump, I just didn’t want to deal with anything. I wanted to get out of there.” Colman also believes that the reaction to his decision to turn down interviews was blown out of proportion, partially because of who he beat heads up to win the bracelet and the money. “I think it was overblown. I think the poker media wanted to make a story out of something that probably wasn’t that big of a deal. I think they were probably also hoping (Daniel) Negreanu had won,” Colman said. This past summer Colman found himself in the media spotlight again thanks to a deep run in the WSOP Main Event, making it to Day 6 of the event before busting in 31st place. The chance that he could make the final table of poker’s most high profile event had ESPN producers and some media nervous, but Colman was talkative and friendly at the times, showing a side that left some observers surprised. Colman can’t help but look back at that run as something special that he might not be able to reproduce any time soon. While the spotlight was nice, for Colman it was all about the chance to play poker at a high level. “Going deep in the Main Event, each day racking up chips, every hand is just so important coming down the stretch, it was a great experience, but too bad I blew it by playing like an idiot,” said Colman. “Everybody talks about going deep in the Main Event and how great it is, it’s like no other tournament, but you don’t really understand that until you go deep in and it does feel special, 100%.”
  19. [caption width="640"] Dan Colman defeated a loaded final table to win the Triton Super High Roller Series Six Max event. (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Dan Colman collected his third six-figure cash of 2017 by taking down the HKD$ 250,000 Triton Super High Roller Series Six Max Event on Saturday, beating a final table that included 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion Rainer Kempe, Erik Seidel, Mustapha Kanit, and Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov. The first elimination of the final table was Italy’s Kanit. With less than 10 big blinds in front of him, Kanit shoved from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] and Sergio Aido called on Kanit’s left with [poker card="qs"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"] flop was safe for Kanit as was the [poker card="3c"] turn. The [poker card="qc"] river, however, gave Aido a pair and resulted in Kanit’s exit. Kuznetsov followed Kanit out the door over the course of two hands. Over two hours after Kanit’s bust out, Aido opened for a raise and got two callers in Kuznetsov and Seidel out of the blinds. The trio checked the [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"] the flop and Kuznetsov bet 38,000 on the [poker card="3h"] turn. Seidel raised to 83,000 and Aido folded. Kuznetsov found a call and the [poker card="js"] hit the river. Seidel moved all in for 92,000 and Kuznetsov called to see Seidel reveal [poker card="3c"][poker card="3s"] for a turned set. Down to his last nine big blinds, Kuznetsov shoved the next hand from the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="2d"]. Kempe called with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"] out of the big blind and held to eliminated Kuznetsov. Sergio Aido exited in fourth place at the hands of Colman roughly an hour into four-handed play. Aido moved all in for 115,000 from the small blind with [poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"] and was looked up by Colman with [poker card="kd"][poker card="7d"]. The board ran true for Colman and Aido exited with another high roller score in 2017. With roughly 50 big blinds in play, there was little margin for error in three-handed play. Despite getting all of the chips in with the best out of it, Kempe couldn’t out run Colman and was the third place finisher. With blinds of 20,000/40,000, Kempe opened for 90,000 from the button and Colman jammed out of the small blind to put Kempe at risk. Kempe called for his last 350,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] and was in great shape to double up against the [poker card="ac"][poker card="6c"] of Colman. The [poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"] flop gave Colman a pair along with a backdoor flush draw. The [poker card="6s"] turn put Colman firmly ahead and Kempe hit the rail after missing on the river. Heads up play went back and forth but Colman was able to finish Seidel off to claim victory. Seidel had a little under 1,000,000 in front of him and got all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6s"]. Colman had Seidel dominated with [poker card="as"][poker card="js"] and put the championship on ice with the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"][poker card="jc"] flop. Colman earned HKD$ 3,641,600 ($469,203 US) for his run and will be gunning for his second title of this week in the HK$ 1,000,000 Main Event which begins Sunday. Final Table Payouts Dan Colman - HKD$ 3,641,600 Erik Seidel - HKD$ 2,326,000 Rainer Kempe - HKD$ 1,466,000 Sergio Aido - HKD$ 1,011,000 Timofey Kuznetsov - HKD$ 708,000 Mustapha Kanit - HKD$ 556,000
  20. [caption width="640"] Jason Koon won last year's SHRPO Championship as part of The Big 4. (Card Player photo)[/caption] Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL is one of the premier poker destinations in the United States and its largest series of the year is currently underway. The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) is firmly established as can’t-miss for any player, whether recreational or professional. In 2015, The Big 4 premiered at SHRPO to great fanfare and is back for the third straight year this series. The Big 4 is four tournaments of different buy ins and structures that will have their respective final table live streamed over Twitch simultaneously on Tuesday, August 15. The tournaments are as follows in order of buy in size: $1,100 entry, $500,000 guaranteed $2,650 entry, $1,000,000 guaranteed $5,250 entry, $3,000,000 guaranteed (SHRPO Championship) $25,500 entry, $2,000,000 guaranteed (SHRPO High Roller) The buy-ins are the same from the previous two years but feature a few structure adjustments, with the SHRPO Championship seeing the biggest facelift. The $1,100 event starts on Wednesday, August 9 and will reach the final table in one day. All levels on Day 1 are 30 minutes with players starting with 15,000 chips. All final table levels are 90 minutes, with the exception of heads up play, where the levels are reduced to 60 minutes. The former SHRPO Championship that was once a freezeout, is now re-entry for this year. The $5,250 buy in that has had guarantees of $5,000,000 and $10,000,000 in previous years is now $3,000,000. The main event of the SHRPO series has a starting flight on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12. The SHRPO Championship is a four-day event and Day 3 will be played until the nine-handed final table is reached. At the price point of $2,650, the $1,000,000 guaranteed event is the only freezeout on the 2017 schedule. The three-day event starts on Sunday, August 13 and will play out over consecutive days to the Big 4 final table. Finally, the $25,500 High Roller is the second-highest buy in of SHRPO, behind the two-day $50,000 Super High Roller on August 8-9. The High Roller is also two days with Day 1 starting on August 14. The SHRPO Championship has crowned high profile winners in recent years with Dan Colman and Jason Koon taking down the title in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Seminole Hard Rock is on every list of great tournament series and the 2017 edition of SHRPO should put together another elite grouping of final tables that will play out at once for the whole world to see.
  21. Season XVI of the World Poker Tour is in the homestretch and on its way to sunny Hollywood, FL for a $3 million guaranteed event. Seminole Hard Rock is the home to the largest field in World Poker Tour history and the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown is expected to draw at least 1,000 entrants. From April 13-18, all eyes in North America are on one of the annual marquee WPT events. The Season XV version of Showdown brought in 1,207 entrants in only a single starting flight for a $2 million guaranteed prize pool. Tony Sinishtaj drove into the winner’s circle with $661,283 of the $3.862 million prize pool after defeating a final table of Dan Colman, Robert Mizrachi, and Darryll Fish. Millions In The Middle The current WPT season has been busy from the moment it started in August and the pace is still in fifth-gear coming into the final East Coast event of the campaign. Seminole hosted the World Poker Tour in January for the Lucky Hearts Poker Open and drew a field of 911 runners for a $2 million guarantee. The prize pool for that event brushed against the barriers of the $3 million and a four-figure amount of players at Showdown creates one of the highest pots of Season XVI. In Season XII, Seminole placed a whopping $5 million up for grabs and attracted 1,795 entrants for what still stands as the largest WPT field of all-time. Eric Afriat walked away with first-place and $1.08 million against a final table that included WPT Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja, future Champions Club Member James Mackey, and bracelet winner Chance Kornuth. Expect to see Afriat back at the Hard Rock in a few weeks for more reasons than just another title. Player of the Year Hits Octane Mode Art Papazyan’s Season XVI Player of the Year lead decreases with every stop. Papazyan opened up a giant gap between him and the field after winning his second title of the season at WPT Maryland in October. The 2,400 points Papazyan holds are from his two titles, which are his only cashes of the season. Papazyan’s selective schedule means he may not show up to Florida and attempt to increase his overall total. Afriat is one of a few players who can overtake Papazyan with at least a final table finish. January’s Borgata Winter Poker Open featured a win from Afriat for his second career WPT victory along with 1,200 Player of the Year points. Coupled with his fifth-place result at WPT Montreal, Afriat stands with 1,700 points. In second place on the leaderboard is Derek Wolters, who has recorded two final table finishes along with three cashes in total. Wolters recently took third at the L.A. Poker Classic. That bronze medal sits next to the one he earned at WPT Montreal. Overall, Wolters is playing with 1,850 points heading down the stretch. The final member of the chase committee behind Papazyan is 2015 WSOP Main Event winner Joe McKeehen. Through a fourth-place result at Borgata and third-place at WPT Rolling Thunder in March along with two other cashes, McKeehen keeps pace with 1,600 points. A few others lurking who need at least 1,200 points to hit Papazyan’s mark are D.J. Alexander, Phil Hellmuth, and Lucky Hearts victory Darryll Fish. Structure Details Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown features two starting flights and unlimited re-entry across both Day 1s. The total prize pool makes itself known after Level 9 on Day 1B. Levels on Day 1 and 2 are 60 minutes before ticking up to 90 minutes for Day 3 and Day 4. Final table levels are 60 minutes on Day 5 for the six remaining players. The final table airs on the PokerGO live stream on April 18 and plays down to the 16th champion of Season XVI.
  22. There’s a new player in the online poker world and it happens belong to an office located in Brooklyn, NY. Virtue Poker is preparing for its formal launch in May as an online poker site based solely in the cryptocurrency space. Started by parent company ConsenSys in 2015, Virtue Poker relies on the Ethereum blockchain for transactions between players and the host. There is no server holding monies for players, only a wallet that a player opens when they create their account. As Head of Business Development and Marketing for Virtue Poker Ryan Gittleson puts it, the software is “immutable, transparent and tamper-proof.” With years of research and development sitting behind it, Virtue Poker is ready to move forward into the official online poker marketplace. The company’s modest beginning played a role in where it is today. The Start ConsenSys founder Joe Lubin is a huge believer in blockchain technology. So much so, that Lubin is credited with being a co-founder of Ethereum. The net worth of at least $1 billion owned by Lubin is distributed across the 47 start-ups owned by the ConsenSys incubator. Virtue Poker is one of those start-ups. A full operation in its own right, ConsenSys has 750 employees of its own with 100 of them based in New York City. Many of the projects ConsenSys incubates work side-by-side in one of the six offices the company has spread from New York to Bucharest to Dubai. According to Gittleson, ConsenSys helped to develop the prototype and business model for Virtue Poker along with initial funding. Virtue Poker has 17 employees spread out across the globe. The Key People Gittleson credits a multitude of folks for getting Virtue Poker to where it is today. 2017 was the year for Virtue Poker to add more poker-related members to their team. There are currently 12 project managers and developers on staff. Virtue Poker hired former members of the PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker teams to assist with creating a quality client-facing product. The product created by developers have put in front of the three brand ambassadors for Virtue Poker. All three in the top-10 all-time in career tournament earnings and are led by Brian Rast. Soon after Rast signed on, Dan Colman reached out to Virtue Poker and was soon on the roster. The last get was the hardest and that is to be expected from Phil Ivey. Gittleson flew to Hong Kong in the middle of 2017 and spent a week with Ivey to coax him into joining the mission. The paperwork was signed and Ivey jumped onboard with his latest endeavor as an ambassador. Gittleson sends all three players a blueprint and beta version of designs for Virtue Poker and engages in feedback before making a final decision. The Brooklyn Project ConsenSys is harnessing their New York energy in the form of the Brooklyn Project. Virtue Poker’s goal is to provide the best consumer protection in online poker and the Brooklyn Project allows for this to happen. The idea behind the Brooklyn Project is a base for setting the guidelines for the best in consumer protection within the token economy. Gittleson says the goal behind the project is for all ConsenSys’ users to have the utmost knowledge of the projects they are engaged with. Details like wallets, reading the Whitepaper, and understanding the token transfer process are part of what allows the Brooklyn Project to thrive in shielding their customers. An informed customer can make good decisions to protect themselves, is the general reasoning from ConsenSys. What Does This Equal The mantra behind Virtue Poker is they are the same body as every other online poker company but what's under the hood is what separates them. In Part II of the Virtue Poker series, learn about how the company is planning to change the game with their groundbreaking use of blockchain technology.
  23. The Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity will be a record setter when action kicks off Thursday. The £1,050,000 buy-in tournament will make it the biggest buy-in in poker history, and the event comes with a unique format. It's a freezeout where recreational/businessmen players can enter via invite only. Those invited can then issue one invite of their own to a guest/professional players. As of Wednesday morning, 26 pairings had been named, but it's the 'what could have beens' that are equally as intriguing. Let's take a look at a handful of recreational-professional pairings that we would've liked to have seen compete in the Triton Million. Chamath Palihapitiya and Phil Hellmuth It's no secret that Chamath Palihapitiya and Phil Hellmuth have a close relationship. We've seen it on Hellmuth's social media accounts all too often. A former Facebook executive and now a successful investor, Palihapitiya fits the mold of the perfect recreational poker player to enter this field. He's played poker in the past, including the first-ever World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop that cost $1,000,000 to enter, and has three WSOP cashes and two World Poker Tour cashes. Being good friends with Hellmuth makes Hellmuth the perfect invitee for Palihapitiya, and getting the polarizing 15-time gold bracelet winner in the field would be very entertaining. Isai Scheinberg and Daniel Negreanu Now this, this is a pairing, and we'll call it 'getting the band back together.' The founder of PokerStars, Isai Scheinberg, paired with the company's former golden boy, Daniel Negreanu. It would be absolutely tremendous to see, and we all know both parties have enough money to afford the gigantic £1,050,000 buy-in. We all know how skillful and experienced of a poker player Negreanu is, but Scheinberg has conquered the felt before, too. He won the UKIPT Isle of Man High Roller in the same year that Negreanu finished second in the 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. Tiger Woods and Antonio Esfandiari How can we not want to have Antonio Esfandiari, 'the magician,' the first-ever $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop winner, in the field? In order to make this happen, he needs a recreational player to invite him. Who bigger and better than Tiger Woods? You may be asking yourself, does Woods play poker and what's the connection here? Yes, Woods plays poker. He might not be entering the priciest tournaments in the world as some of these other recreational players are, but he’s the host of Tiger's Poker Night as part of Tiger Jam, held in partnership with the World Poker Tour each year, so he knows the game. On more than one occasion, Esfandiari has been one of the celebrity professionals to attend Tiger's Poker Night. Dan Fleyshman and Phil Ivey How do we get Phil Ivey in this field? We pair him with Dan Fleyshman, that’s how. Fleyshman doesn’t dabble in poker as he once did, but he’s still around the game enough that he could perform well in this tournament. One of his claims to fame is being the youngest founder of a publicly traded company and he's an active businessman and investor. Ivey is Ivey. His star power alone is worthy of entry into a £1,050,000 buy-in tournament, and we all know he has the chops to perform on the felt. He knows Fleyshman, so the pairing works, and we’d absolutely love to see Ivey in the field. David Einhorn and Erik Seidel Investor and hedge fund manager David Einhorn may not be a professional poker player, but he’s as avid a recreational player as they come. He's been known to compete in the highest buy-in poker tournaments the world has to offer, and he took third place for $4,352,000 in the first-ever $1,000,000 buy-in poker tournament the world has ever seen. With Einhorn being a New York guy, a perfect pairing would be Erik Seidel. Seidel is currently third on poker’s all-time money list with more than $35,000,000 in winnings, he’s an eight-time WSOP gold bracelet winner, and also a WPT champion. Although he’s of an older generation of players, Seidel continues to be a crusher on the high-stakes poker scene and has plenty of experience against the fellow professional players in the field. Haralabos Voulgaris and Daniel Colman Since Haralabos Voulgaris' new gig with the Dallas Mavericks, he hasn't been around the poker scene much. Not that the former professional sports bettor was grinding every tournament under the sun before he became the NBA team's Director of Quantitative Research and Development, but Voulgaris was known to get down in the high-stakes arena. Having played a couple million-dollar buy-ins before, this event is right in his wheelhouse. Voulgaris and Daniel Colman have a relationship that saw Voulgaris on Colman’s rail when Colman won the 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. It would also be fitting to see Colman return to poker’s public stage in the largest buy-in event in the game’s history. Evan Mathis and Alex Foxen Maybe we’re reaching here, maybe we’re not, but these are dream scenarios so let’s keep rolling with it. Evan Mathis spent 12 years in the NFL and was one of the league’s top offensive lineman. He won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos and reached the Pro Bowl on two occasions. According to Spotrac, Mathis has estimated career earnings from football at more than $21,000,000. He recently grabbed headlines when he sold a 1952 Topps rookie card of Mickey Mantle for nearly $3 million. That’s enough to pay for his entry, his guest’s entry, and have plenty left over. Sticking with the football tie-in, Mathis’ guest could be Alex Foxen, a former football player for Boston College. These two would be quite the presence on and off the felt and both have the skills to compete. Richard Seymour and Ryan Riess Another fantasy Triton Million pairing is Richard Seymour and Ryan Riess. This would give us who is arguably poker’s strongest mainstream connection, Seymour, in the field and the three-time Super Bowl winner has plenty of experience on the felt. He just came off a 131st-place finish in the WSOP Main Event. A huge sports enthusiast and a player friendly with Seymour is Ryan Riess, winner of the 2013 WSOP Main Event and also a WPT champion. Steve Aoki and Brian Rast The last dream pairing we'll look at involves superstar DJ Steve Aoki and top poker player Brian Rast. The two know each other, so the connection works for the invite, and Aoki has been known to play a bit of poker in his spare time. With Aoki being billed as one of the richest DJs in the world, the cake-tossing music maker should have enough cash to enter. If not, Rast can certainly front or find the money to get Aoki in so that he can play in the event. How To Watch the Triton Million Fans from around the world can watch the Triton Million for free on PokerGO. Ali Nejad will call the action, with professional poker player Nick Schulman alongside to provide expert commentary. Action starts Thursday, August 1, at 8 am ET and PokerGO will have coverage for the entirety of the event. If you don't already have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.

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