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One Drop Winner Daniel Colman Didn't Talk To Media Because He Sees Poker 'As A Very Dark Game'

Poker Pro Adds 'Individual Achievements Should Rarely Be Celebrated'

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This article has been update to reflect the source of Dan Colman’s quote, 2+2 internet poker forum.

Love him or hate him, think he’s a hypocrite and wrong or view him as someone finally speaking candidly about the underbelly of poker, One Drop winner Daniel Colman has stuck by his beliefs and refused to talk to pretty much all media after capturing the bracelet and $15.3 million on Tuesday at the Rio in Las Vegas.

There’s a major discrepancy out there with regards to whether Colman actually gave post-win comments to the media. A controversial column in the Las Vegas Sun that whined Colman was “channeling a petulant child” by declining interviews reported that he “turned down every request.” However, an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal said Colman talked to ESPN only, telling the sports network: “I think it’s really great, this event, what we were able to raise for charity. It went to a pretty worthwhile cause, giving water to parts of the world that just don’t have that.”

The 23-year-old Massachusetts native did issue a statement on internet poker forum 2+2 after a firestorm of sorts erupted thanks to him shunning interviews, though many of his peers defended his decision, including runner-up Daniel Negreanu. Colman also barely agreed to take a photo next to his mountain of prize money. Below is Colman’s statement explaining his position.

I really don’t owe anyone an explanation but I’ll give one.

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. It is not a game where the pros are always happy and living a fulfilling life. To have a job where you are at the mercy of variance can be insanely stressful and can lead to a lot of unhealthy habits. I would never in a million years recommend for someone to try and make it as a poker pro.

It is also not a game where the amateurs are always happy to be losing their money for the sake of entertainment. The losers lose way more money at this game than winners are winning. A lot of this is money they can’t afford to lose. This is fine of course because if someone is dumb enough to gamble with money they cant afford to lose, that’s their problem. I’m not really buying that though. In a perfect world, markets are based on informed consumers making rational transactions. In reality, sadly, that’s not the case. Markets are based on advertising trying to play on peoples impulses and targeting their weaknesses in order for them to make irrational decisions. I get it if someone wants to go and play poker on their own free will, but I don’t agree with gambling being advertised just like I don’t agree with cigarettes and alcohol being advertised.

It bothers me that people care so much about poker’s well-being. As poker is a game that has such a net negative effect on the people playing it. Both financially and emotionally.

As for promoting myself, I feel that individual achievements should rarely be celebrated. I am not going to take part in it for others and I wouldn’t want it for myself. If you wonder why our society is so infatuated by individuals and their success, and being a baller, it is not that way for no reason. It is there because it serves a clear purpose. If you get people to look up to someone and adhere to the “gain wealth, forget all but self” motto, then you can get them to ignore the social contract which is very good for power systems. Also it serves as a means of distraction to get people to not pay attention to the things that do matter.

These are just my personal views. And yes, I realize I am conflicted. I capitalize off this game that targets peoples weaknesses. I do enjoy it, I love the strategy part of it, but I do see it as a very dark game.

 
 
 
 

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THEJOEF
4 months ago

God bless this kid! For once a big time winner in poker states the truth . Doesn't extend the hustle but calls it as it ! This young man isn't looking for the choice center because he isn't running a game on anyone. Poker is a very dark world , don't believe me? Ok ask a kid that just won 15 million and has every reason to say how great and awesome the poker world is but chooses to give us the truth. We need this kid running more then just the poker world.

 
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Herbie1
4 months ago

I totally agree with THEJOEF...this kid is spot on. Poker is a nasty way to try and make a living...few will. Those that do are small in number. It is impossible for the majority of poker players to prevail financially. Kids that have big dreams of becoming poker stars will unfortunately come to a nightmarish conclusion. If you don't have deep pockets stay away from this game as it will crush your soul and deplete your pocketbook. Me personally I have right at a half million in poker winnings and I am a LOSER. Not a big one but nonetheless a loser. Guys like Allen Kessler are losers in spite of having over 2 million in winnings...well he may be a tad ahead but he is not averaging over 50k a year...not even close. Coleman I respect the hell out of you...you are a true man and I appreciate your stance....to the idiots that are critical of this man-kid in a nutshell everyone one of you cretins are DEAD WRONG...the kid is bright and I couldn't be more proud of him.

 
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bmpek
4 months ago

the WPT hustlers can not stand to hear this

 
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rickypr18
4 months ago

Very glad that he won. I completely agree with his statements.

 
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Joseph15
4 months ago

I totally agree with DC. I also agree that more of the professional poker players need to say more about how this game can wreck many lives. I choose to play free poker for the very reason that it is not worth risking my family's livelihood on a game of chance. One day, if God blesses me enough with $10K and a WHOLE lot more, I will try to play the main event. I will never do so in any other capacity.

 
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William2
4 months ago

Typical Massachusetts idiot liberal kid. Grow the fk up. Love when someone who understands nothing about the real world at all, purports to try to explain how people who have not somehow made millions before they ever had a real job make decisions. I suggest you stay the fk out of the media until you can fathom that adults actually CAN think for themselves. The fact many make poor decisions is human nature, not fkn advertising you little shitbag. Liberals believe no action by a human is of their own accord, but the result of their inability to think for themselves. We just fall for whatever advertisers tell us? You should be mad at casino's and lotteries, whom reap billions and return hardly 5%, not Poker where anyone can study and win. Anyone. "As poker is a game that has such a net negative effect on the people playing it. Both financially and emotionally".....again, Mr Liberal fool, do not try to, with all your 23 years of wisdom, sum up the entire Poker community. This may be how YOU and some of your Kiddie friends see it, but many grown up, adults who can take account of their own actions and feelings. What an embarrassment for this little girl to have won.

 
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Arjarn
4 months ago

This kid is stupid

 
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Herbie1
4 months ago

how profound...with 15 million in his pocket...maybe you were looking in a mirror when you wrote your comment.

 
 

Nate5
1 month ago

Well said William. I totally agree with you. No one is forcing anyone to play poker. Its anyone's choice weather they want to risk their money or not. I can't believe how many morons are agreeing with this Coleman prick. This organization is the reason you won 15 million dollars and you cant even give them an interview??? Fuck you Daniel Coleman you ungrateful stuck up piece of shit.

 
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Zack2
4 months ago

Unless the WSOP specifically put in the fine print that he had to give an interview if he won, then he really doesnt have too. but personally, i dont think he should have bothered to explain himself cause it made him look worse. im sure he has more experience in the high stakes poker world than older adults. when you reach that level or world, the dark side im sure is really dark. im sure there is really high highs and super low lows. there are always more scumabags around when your around that much money. losing that much money puts your mind in the wrong place. so i can totally understand where he is coming from that this game can be dark and can bring out the worst in people.

but...

mr coleman you owe poker everything. you owe all of those who came before us to put this game on the map. you owe it to all the grinders who never get featured. without those people, you would never been playing for 16 million. one drop and 60 events at the wsop are because of the people playing before you were even legal to. now that your on the top, if you like it or not, you MUST promote the game so that these prize pools stay the way they are. its your story we want. how many people can relate to you or can you inspire? this is how you keep people connected to the game that has managed to grow to a tournament where you can win 16 million.

 
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crewzin
4 months ago

jerk plain and simple. Another lil kid who has had everything given to him and at 23 wants to tell the rest of the world how to live. sounds like Obama

 
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Herbie1
4 months ago

crewzin or cretin....cretin seems more appropriate...!!!

 
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Chad10
2 months ago

Obama is a 23 year old kid who wants to tell the world how to live? Weird. I have to get my eyes checked.

 
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THEJOEF
4 months ago

He owes zero ! He put his money at risk and owes zero to the hustlers.

 
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cardplayer1222
4 months ago

Any games have their dark sides. Casino is always the winner, WSOP organizer is always the winner. If you win, one or more players have to loose. Gambling is some kind of entertainment if you don't loose a lot of money and learn when to stop.

If Mr Colman is smart, use all his winning to invest by taking the advantage of having a large capital. Good luck, young man.

 
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Henny
4 months ago

Oh come on everyone! Its obvious he did this for a reason: He wanted more attention by not giving an interview(and explaining why he didn't) than if he had just won and given a dumb interview. He's getting way more attention and notoriety by acting like a reclusive genius.

Seriously, hook line and sinker. GG.

 
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skippy01
4 months ago

I respect his viewpoint as I believe there is truth to what he is saying. There are far more people that have been hurt by playing poker for a living than have benefited from it on many levels.

On the other hand, poker is a fun game of luck and skill that is a challenging endeavor. It's like any addiction, when taken to an extreme, it can be very harmful, but taken in balance, it can be a great game.

 
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321action
4 months ago

hmmmm, poker people put their own money at risk, most other professional sports, the more notoriety, the more money they get. sure you could get a lot of money from talking to the media, and maybe a lot of money from talking to the media about your poker play too, but then you could lose a lot of money also.

 
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maxima191
4 months ago

After winning 18 million the kid gets 1 million I hope you uses some of it to get a good education and so common sense.
The pokerworld will forget about him lets face it he's the new Jamie Gold of poker and we know how that turned out-No worries!

That's Poker Folks!

 
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Davey72
4 months ago

He should quit playing and donate all his earnings to charity. That will never happen, get off your high horse.

 
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Zenny
3 months ago

...all the negative comments are punctuated by negative insults, funny that. Dan is speaking his mind and opinion. He also is commenting on a larger social problem and that, to over simplify, is greed. If we all do our part and resist the worship of materialism and apathy we could resume on the path of enlightened evolution; for the current state of affairs is corrupt and out of major balance, just look at what has happened in the last 50 years. The american dream has become the americant nightmare.

 
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chiprepo
3 months ago

Luke, come over to the dark side.

 
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Steve33
3 months ago

Like all businesses including poker, it is there to make a profit clear and simple & I would take exactly the same stance as Daniel Colman. MARKETING MARKETING MARKETING! Every time i watch a poker show, with their cynical marketing ploys used to attract normal run of the mill humans like you & me really turns my stomach! How many times do you see two well known pros in the middle of a tv game talking about their $10,000 rolex watches or $100,000 dollar Mazerattis, and how we (the viewing public) could have all this if we would just play poker! The worst one of all is Negreanu, this self consumed poisonous elf is just a marketing whore for Pokerstars and as we all know the only real winners of online poker are the sponsored players, who then go on to play huge buy in live events off the back of profits made from the average Joe, And then they tell us how great & lucrative the poker scene is! I have only played online poker once in my life around 5 years ago, but could see straight through what was & is still going on today. Live poker is an enjoyable game and something I will still engage to do, but only with money that I can afford to lose. I have won more than I have lost over a 15 year period, It is still just an enjoyable hobby and not a career as I, like so many people, choose to hold down a regular job & live in the real world. So hats off to Dan Colman for being honest & not a poker puppet & for telling it how it is, and what a dark place the world can be as is any other profession including poker, when chasing the proverbial pot at the end of the rainbow.

 
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Erdem
2 months ago

Hats off to Dan Coleman for being honest

 
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cardplayer1222
2 months ago

It was true what he said but who will believe him. The fact is that the game of poker is there and will be there in our society, in our life. Like or not the game is on going because of the media, the casinos, the game sponsors, they are profiting a lot from the game. If disappeared, their businesses will die son.

 
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Nate5
1 month ago

Daniel Coleman is an idiot and ungrateful piece of shit. Its your choice if you wanna play poker and risk your money. No ones forcing anyone to play this "dark" game. Some people love and appreciate that there is a poker community and he shit on it with his retarded view. This orginaization is the reason he was able to come to an event and win 15 million dollars. And he can't even give some interviews??? Ungrateful fuck. Poker does not need a douchebag on his high horse like this.

 
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Steve36
17 days ago

I agree with Daniel Coleman but c'mon really?
There is absolutely no need to advertise your personal feelings about the dark side of Poker. We all know what could happen if self control gets the best of us. And yes, most Poker players overall are losing money. But for you to bite the hand that feeds you is so disrespectful. Look at Chris Moneymaker! He started off with nothing and inspired the whole world that you dont have to be a pro to hit a Homerun! And once you Win a Huge tournyment, only education will keep you at the top. Most poker pros go broke because they dont know how to live within their means and do exactly what you talked about. But no each his own! Without Positive influence and advertisement on the game of Poker, there would be no Huge paydays for the Elite players, so keep your negative comments to yourself and inspire those to keep practicing and educate themselves on proper bankroll management! Thank you very much!

 
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