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 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 to Win $15.3m
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.
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