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Dan Colman Wins 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10 Million Guaranteed Main Event

23-Year-Old Poker Pro Wins $1.4 Million and Third Major Title of 2014


It’s official. With just under $21 million in live earnings since this April Dan Colman is on the biggest run in live tournament poker history.

At his sixth final table of 2014 the 23-year-old poker pro from Holden, Massachusetts notched his fourth seven-figure score of the year and his third title. Most of his previous scores this year have come in tough but small field super high roller events including the $1 million buy-in Big One For One Drop, but this time around Colman topped a field of 1,499 players in the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10,000,000 guaranteed $5,300 buy-in main event. For the win he earned $1,446,710 and 1,920 Card Player Player of the Year points, catapulting him into the outright lead in the POY standings with 4,770 points and $20,980,768 in year-to-date earnings.

With this win Colman surpassed Phil Ivey on the all time live tournament earnings list, moving into third position behind Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari.

Colman may have beaten a larger field in this event than in his previous wins in super high roller events, but that does not mean that the quality of final table opponents was any lower. In fact he had to outlast the likes of Joe Kuether (5th – $424,044), 2010 November Niner John Dolan (4th – $548,763), WPT champ Shawn Cunix (3rd – $748,313) and eventual runner-up Mike Leah (2nd – $1,047,638).

Mike LeahColman entered the heads-up battle with only a 5-to-4 chip advantage over Leah, but with some strong hands and plenty of experience in the format (Colman’s background in the game is as a high-stakes heads-up sit-n-go specialist) he quickly increased that lead until he held a 3.5-to-1 advantage by the time the final hand arose.

Leah raised to 600,000 from the button with the QClub SuitJClub Suit and Colman three-bet to 1,500,000 with the AHeart SuitKDiamond Suit. After some thought Leah moved all-in for 11.6 million and Colman snap called.

The board ran out 4Heart Suit3Heart Suit2Club Suit10Diamond SuitKClub Suit and Colman’s hand held up to secure him the pot and the title. Leah earned his first seven-figure score and 1,600 POY points for his runner-up showing. This was his sixth POY-qualified final table finish of the year, and with three titles already won the Canadian pro moved into third place in the overall Player of the Year rankings as a result of this latest score. His point total for the year is 4,174 with $1,512,026 in earnings so far in 2014.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Daniel Colman $1,446,710 1920
2 Mike Leah $1,047,638 1600
3 Shawn Cunix $748,313 1280
4 John Dolan $548,763 960
5 Joe Kuether $424,044 800
6 Martin Hanowski $324,269 640
7 Blake Bohn $249,438 480
8 Brian Hawkins $199,550 320
9 Roman Valerstein $149,663 160

Photos courtesy of Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.