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Dan Colman Locks Up 2014 Player of the Year
It’s not exactly a surprise but Dan Colman has won 2014 Player of the Year according to every major ranking system in poker.
Colman has been leading for months thanks to his staggering $22.3 million in live tournament earnings.
That was enough to earn Colman the #1 spot on the Bluff Magazine, CardPlayer and Global Poker Index leaderboards, which haven’t always been in agreement.
It was an incredible year for the online heads-up Sit & Go specialist who prior to 2014 had less than $500,000 in lifetime tournament earnings.
$15.3m One Drop Score Highlights Record Year
Colman famously won the Big One for One Drop in the summer for $15 million but he also won more than $7 million in various other high roller tournaments.
Colman became the biggest winner in a single year by over $3 million, surpassing even Antonio Esfandiari who won $19 million in 2012 in large part thanks to winning the Big One for One Drop.
Even Erik Seidel’s incredible $6.5 million in 2011 seems like a distant memory now.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Colman’s achievement is that we may never see him at a poker tournament again.
He’s talked repeatedly about leaving poker altogether in the New Year.
Regardless of whether he plays much poker in the future his achievement will likely stand for a long, long time.
Here’s one last look at every major score Colman had in 2014:
- April 24 - EPT Grand Final €100k High Roller - 1st Place: $2.1 million
- June 29 - WSOP Big One for One Drop - 1st Place: $15.3 million
- Aug 18 - EPT Barcelona €100k High Roller - 2nd Place: $1.1 million
- Aug 28 - Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open - 1st Place: $1.4 million
- Oct 6 - WPT Alpha8 London - 1st Place: $957,396
- Nov. 1 - APPT Macau HK$500k High Roller - 7th Place: $373,932