Dan Colman Wins POY After Record Breaking 2014December 29, 2014 5:24 pm
US poker pro Daniel Colman has won the Bluff Player of the Year Race, after a record breaking 2014 in which he reached 9 final tables, and captured 4 tournament titles, for a combined payout of $22,209,549. The extent of the 24 year-old pro’s accomplishments this year are reflected in the POY points tally, which place Colman in top spot with 1447.7 points, followed by Mike Leah (1149.64), Dan Smith (949.35), Ami Barer (930.79) and Ole Schemion (927.56).
While Dan Colman is no stranger to breaking poker records, and in 2013 became the first person ever to amass $1 million in winnings playing online hyper-turbo tournaments in a single year, on the live circuit Colman went pretty much under the radar until finishing 3rd at the 2013 PartyPoker Premier League VII for $194,000. That sparked the beginning of his poker run, and in 2014 the pro’s list of achievements include winning the €100k EPT Monte Carlo for $2,127,398, the WSOP The Big One for One Drop for $15,306,668, the $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open for $1,446,710, and the £60k WPT Alpha8 London for $957,396.
As well as attracting a huge amount of interest on account of his winning streak, Colman also managed to direct further attention to the poker world after his perplexing nonchalant reaction to winning $15,306,668 at the WSOP One Drop event. Colman further attacked the game in the Two Plus Two forums, writing the following:
“I’ve been fortunate enough to benefit financially from this game, but I have played it long enough to see the ugly side of this world. It is not a game where the pros are always happy and living a fulfilling life.. I would never in a million years recommend for someone to try and make it as a poker pro.”
Nevertheless, while he could not lose at the poker tables, so his off the table criticism of the game succeeded only in creating an even bigger interest in himself and his reaction to beating Negreanu at the WSOP event went viral on YouTube. That was 2014, however, and with the 2015 POY race about to start afresh for all players, the poker community will eagerly be watching to see if Colman can follow up his unbelievable year with yet another record breaking year in 2015.