In April, Daniel Colman emerged onto the live poker scene, defeating Dan Cates heads up in the European Poker Tour Grand Final Super High Roller for over $2.1 million. Now, a little over five weeks later, he’s banked several more million dollars, defeating Daniel Negreanu heads up to win the $1 Million BIG ONE for ONE DROP and $15,306,668.
Colman, known better as heads-up sit-n-go specialist “mrgr33n13,” battled Negreanu for 46 hands before the two played an epic all-in pot to end the tournament. All of the money went in the middle preflop, and Negreanu was ahead holding ace-four against the king-queen of Colman. Negreanu flopped two pair, and his rail was chanting for a four to fall on the turn to fill him up, but the turn was a ten, giving Colman Broadway. The river did not give Negreanu a full house, and he was eliminated.
This is Kid Poker’s second runner-up finish at the 2014 WSOP — he finished second to Paul Volpe in Event #13: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship — but the $8,288,001 he earned is the largest score of his career. He is also now the all-time live tournament money earner, edging the inaugural ONE DROP winner, Antonio Esfandiari, out by three million dollars.
Day 3 of this tournament kicked off with a nine-handed unofficial final table led by Rick Salomon, and on the very first hand “Hong Kong” Tom Hall burst the $1.3 million bubble. He lost a race to Negreanu, allowing Paul Newey to squeak into the money with just six big blinds, and Newey proceeded to double up twice. This allowed him to outlast Cary Katz, who ran pocket eights into Negreanu’s pocket jacks, and exited in eighth place.
Newey met his maker a few orbits later after being crippled by Tobias Reinkemeier, earning over $1.4 million for his efforts. Reinkemeier was then crippled by Colman, who doubled with pocket aces against the German’s pocket fives, but Scott Seiver was the next player to be eliminated. With Reinkemeier sitting on less than two big blinds, Seiver called all in with a pair and a flush draw on a flop against Negreanu. Negreanu had top pair and held as the turn and river produced bricks.
Reinkemeier exited four hands later when Negreanu flopped a flush against his middle pair. The very next hand Salomon lost a flip against Colman, busting in fourth place.
Christoph Vogelsang, Negreanu, and Colman battled for 32 hands — Vogelsang never emerged from third in chips — and the German was busted in third place. His three-big blind shove was called by both Negreanu and Colman, and the former won with two pair.
The heads-up match swung back and forth at the start, but Colman eventually pulled away before the final, epic battle.
Thank you for following our coverage of this historic event, and congratulations to Colman on winning over $15.3 million and a custom-made bracelet from French designer Richard Mille. We urge you to continue refreshing your browser on PokerNews for the next few weeks as we bring you unmatched coverage of the grand daddy of them all: The Main Event!