Unheralded online pro Dan Colman beat Daniel Negreanu heads-up to claim the second-biggest prize ever awarded in poker on Tuesday.
Colman took down $15.3 million for coming out on top of the 2014 $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker.
Despite the immense stakes it was a turbo-paced final table with six eliminations in the first two hours of play.
Hong Kong’s Tom Hall ended up bubbling the tournament in ninth place, which meant he was the last player to receive nothing for his $1m investment.
The biggest winner of the One Drop event, however, was the One Drop Foundation, which picked up over $4 million to put towards their efforts in providing clean drinking water around the globe.
Negreanu Earns $8.2 Million, Becomes Poker’s Biggest All-Time Winner
There was some serious silver lining for Negreanu in finishing second.
He earned $8.2 million for his efforts to pass Antonio Esfandiari and become poker’s all-time leading tournament money winner with just under $30 million.
“I had a blast playing this tournament,” Negreanu said after finishing second.
Interestingly Colman refused to do interviews after winning the Big One and only took a few quick winner shots before leaving the Rio.
Hollywood’s Rick Salomon made a surprise run in the Big One and ended up finishing fourth for $2.8 million.
That set up a three-handed battle between German Christoph Vogelsang, Negreanu and Colman. Vogelsang was too short stacked by that point to accomplish much and quickly busted in third for $4 million.
Colman Mounts Heads-Up Comeback
Momentum seemed to be with Negreanu heads-up and he quickly ran up a significant lead on Colman.
That all changed when Colman rivered a full house against Negreanu and the Canadian paid him off big.
In the final hand Negreanu got all-in for his last 20 million chips with A♦ 4♣ and Colman called with K♦ Q♥.
The A♥ J♠ 4♠ flop appeared promising for Negreanu, giving him two-pair, but the T♠ certainly didn’t. The river finished with a meaningless 7♠ and Colman was suddenly the second biggest winner in poker history.
A complete rundown of the action can be found here; payouts for the 2014 Big One for One Drop:
- Daniel Colman - $15.3 million
- Daniel Negreanu - $8.2 million
- Christoph Vogelsang - $4.4 million
- Rick Salomon - $2.8 million
- Tobias Reinkemeier - $2 million
- Scott Seiver - $1.6 million
- Paul Newey - $1.4 million
- Cary Katz - $1.3 million