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Daniel Colman Wins EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller

23-Year-Old American Tops Tough Final Table To Win €1,539,300


Daniel ColmanA record-setting 62 entries were made in the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 eight-max no-limit hold’em super high roller event, building a gigantic prize pool of €6,015,240. After three action packed days the €1,539,300 first-place prize was awarded to 23-year-old American heads-up sit-n-go specialist Daniel “mrGR33N13” Colman. Colman, who currently lives in Rio de Janeiro, topped a final table packed with an exciting mix of top tournament pros and Macau cash game regulars.

Coleman entered the final table in the middle of the pack, but was able to rebuild and entered three-handed play with nosebleed cash game regular Daniel “jungleman12” Cates and super high roller tournament specialist Igor Kurganov holding roughly 7.2 million of the 15.5 million chips in play. The three paused to make a deal, eventually agreeing to lock up the payouts listed below and then play for another few hundred thousand Euro. Here’s a look at the deal:

Daniel Colman €1,298,300
Daniel Cates €1,168,000
Igor Kurganov €1,128,300

Another €241,000 would go to the eventual winner and €115,400 to the runner up. Kurganov came into the final table with by far the shortest stack but managed to survive to the final three. His run ended there, however, when he called a shove from the big blind with AClub Suit2Club Suit for his last 10 big blinds and failed to win against Colman’s QSpade Suit8Diamond Suit small-blind shove after the board ran out AHeart SuitQHeart Suit10Diamond Suit9Club Suit8Spade Suit. Kurganov earned €1,128,300 ($1,561,116 USD) and 480 Card Player Player of the Year points for his sixth final-table showing in an event with a $100,000 buy-in or higher. Kurganov’s lifetime live earnings now exceed $7.4 million.

Heads-up play between Colman and Cates with the later holding a roughly 5-to-3 chiplead. That lead was short lived however, with Colman quickly regaining the advantage and then extending it. By the time the final hand arose Colman had a more than 6-to-1 advantage. Cates moved all-in from the button for 11 big-blinds with QDiamond Suit10Club Suit and Colman made the call with KHeart Suit6Heart Suit. The board ran out 9Diamond Suit6Diamond Suit3Club Suit3Heart SuitAHeart Suit to secure the pot and the title for Colman.

For his runner-up showing up showing Cates earned the largest score of his tournament career, €1,283,400 ($1,776,127 USD) and 600 POY points. Seventh place finisher Ole Schemion had just taken down the EPT Sanremo €10,300 no-limit hold’em high roller for €265,000 less than a week earlier. He’s made five final tables in 2014 and now sits in 24th place in the overall standings as a result, with year-to-date earnings of $1,304,847.

Here is a look at the chip counts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Payout (USD) POY Points
1 Daniel Colman $2,129,775 720
2 Daniel Cates $1,776,127 600
3 Igor Kurganov $1,561,116 480
4 Richard Yong $882,183 360
5 Lo Shing Fung $682,585 300
6 Paul Phua $532,686 240
7 Ole Schemion $424,765 180
8 Olivier Busquet $333,448 120

Photo courtesy of PokerStars / Neil Stoddart.