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WSOP 2014 - Big One For One Drop Final


The money bubble loomed large at the start of play. Min-cashing in 8th place would pay $1.31 million, for a 31% return on your $1 million investment. Bubbling in 9th would mean zero return on your $1 million. Big difference.

Sure, in theory you're supposed to play to win, not worry about climbing the payout ladder, yadda yadda. But in practice, that only really works with a large sample size. Considering how infrequently anyone will be playing this high, every step up that payout ladder makes a huge real-world difference.

Do the math.

Cirque du Soleil acrobats performed as each final table player was introduced

"Hong Kong Tom" Hall was the 9th place money bubble boy. Ouch.

Cary Katz min-cashed in 8th spot for $1.31 million

Paul Newey busted 7th ($1.42 million)

Scott Seiver gets a goodbye bro-hug after busting 6th ($1.68 million)

Tobias Reinkemeier busted 5th ($2.05 million)

Rick Salomon (that's "Mr. Pamela Anderson" to you) busted 4th for $2.8 million

Christoph Vogelsang played shockingly weak-tight short handed yet managed to finish 3rd ($4.48 million)

Heads-up play at the ESPN featured table

The two Daniels

We heard at least one person say "this could take all night" on the rail, since day 2 didn't end until about 4:30 in the morning. But with the brisk 1-hour blinds schedule and steep ramp-up past level 22, we knew it couldn't last too long. Heads-up play started at level 24 (200k/600k/1.2m), which practically guaranteed a fairly quick duel.

Not to criticize, but we'd say that Negreanu's biggest weakness is also one of his biggest strengths. He simply hates to be bluffed. If there's any doubt, he calls. It's almost as though he'd rather lose chips than be tilted by someone, anyone, showing him a bluff. So yes, it's important to never be seen as weak. And yes, calling will give you information about how an opponent plays specific hands in specific situations and how he or she looks and acts while doing it. All very important. But more often than not, Colman wasn't bluffing and did have the better hand.

Dan Colman reluctantly folds during heads-up play

Daniel congratulates Dan on the win

One Drop CEO Catherine Bachand congratulates Dan. (And there's Kara again!)

Dan Colman begins his reign as Big One for One Drop champ

Last Dan standing

The Daniels began heads-up play just after 7pm and the winner was determined just before 9pm. The high-variance nature of no-limit Hold'em caused a few lead changes, but in the end the cards favored Dan Colman. He's only 23 but he's no spring chicken, he's enjoyed massive success online, and he won the EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller event for a $2 million payday. He played fearlessly throughout the event, and has shown that he has the chops to play at poker's highest levels.

Colman may not have been the experts' pick to win, he may be a household name yet, but that's what countless young champions in all forms of competition face at first. He's proved himself more than once, and now it's up to him to keep the momentum going. Success breeds success, especially in poker, and a $15.3 million Big One for One Drop win is this year's biggest WSOP success.

Please visit these official World Series of Poker pages for all 2014 World Series of Poker results:

The winner photoThe official WSOP Big One for One Drop winner photo!
The 2014 Big One pageThe official 2014 Big One for One Drop page
The 2014 WSOP pageThe official 2014 WSOP page

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