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Final-Table Takedown: Dan Colpoys

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Jun 01, 2012


Dan ColpoysDan Colpoys is a 24-year-old tournament pro from Boston, MA. In his two years of professional play he has amassed just under $2 millions in tournament earnings. In June 2010 he had his breakout score by taking down a $33 online event for $53,000, and since then finished in third place in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $147,000, and then won a 2010 $1,000 WCOOP event for $213,000. Colpoys is a well respected coach for no-limit hold’em, Pot-limit Omaha, and multi-table tournaments at

Event 2012 Sunday PokerStars Second Chance Event
Players 1,420
Entry $200
First Prize $48,280
Finish 1st

Hand No.1

Key Concepts: Hand ranges; specific reads versus a specific type of player.

Craig Tapscott: I want to talk about key hands that stood out for you during this recent win.

Dan Colpoys: So this is very early in the tournament but a key hand. The background to the hand is that Villain #2 was a huge fish and was playing every single pot. Villain #1 is a very good player.

Villain #1 raises to 90 from UTG plus 2. Colpoys calls from mid-position holding AClub Suit QDiamond Suit.

CT: Could you have raised?

DC: Well, I elected to just call with the A-Q because it would be turning my hand into a bluff to three-bet this early, and it is just too strong to fold against Villain #1.

Villain #2 calls from the button.

Flop: ADiamond Suit 9Heart Suit 5Heart Suit (pot: 315)

Villain #1 bets 180.

DC: The flop comes out pretty drawy, but I feel I am best here. Villain #1’s bet is on the bigger side. But I expect him to do that with all of his heart draws and any ace he would be opening.

Colpoys calls. Villain #2 calls.

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