23-year-old American Daniel Colman has defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up to win the 2014 $1m buy-in Big One For One Drop. Colman takes home $15.3m for the victory while Negreanu wins $8.28m, taking him to nearly $29.8m in all-time tournament winnings – the most ever. Colman, an online heads-up sit-and-go expert who plays under the handle ‘mrgr33n13′ has already had a 3rd place finish at the WSOP this summer, and also won the €100k Super High Roller at the EPT Grand Final in April for €1.5m. However, both of those successes have been dwarfed by his win in the Big One For One Drop, becoming only the second champion in the event’s history after 2012 winner Antonio Esfandiari.
The final hand came when Negreanu limped the button with A-4 and Colman raised. Negreanu then moved all-in and was quickly called by Colman, who held K-Q. It was a dramatic A-J-4 flop, giving Negreanu two pair but a gutshot for Colman, which duly came in on the Ten turn. The board failed to pair on the river and Colman was declared the champion.
Colman came under great criticism after the win however, when he eschewed all media duties and left the Rio Casino shortly after. He even had to be persuaded to pose in the traditional winner’s photo with his winning hand and all the chips. The Las Vegas Sun newspaper, who were there on the scene have a great article on Colman’s antics, which you can read by clicking here. One person who was more than happy to do media however, was of course Daniel Negreanu. While undoubtedly disappointed not to win the event, Negreanu’s streak of incredible tournament performances in the last three years has really solidified his status as not only the most famous poker player but perhaps the best tournament player in the world too.
Congratulations to Daniel Colman on his spectacular victory. PokerPlayer365.com would like to say we’ll have an exclusive interview with Colman soon but, unfortunately, it looks like he will be the silent superstar from now on…
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