Poker A "Distraction" According To $15m Winner ColmanAugust 18, 2014 1:51 pm
Since June, when US poker pro Daniel Colman won the $1m WSOP Big One for One Drop for a huge $15,306,668 payday, the poker media has been awash with articles about the 23 year-old’s remarkable non-reaction to his victory, rather than the victory itself.
However, what Colman lacked in emotion at the time he has since been making up for in a series of reactions directed towards bewildered fans, which all speak to one thing, namely his negative stance when it comes to the game of poker. As Colman recently explained:
“It bothers me that people care so much about poker’s well-being. As poker is a game that has such a net negative effect on the people playing it. Both financially and emotionally.”
Nevertheless, “negative” is just one of the many labels Colman has pinned on poker, others including calling it “a very dark game,” and in a further snub to possible sponsors, saying he “would never in a million years recommend for someone to try and make it as a poker pro.”
In his latest tirade against a game which has thus far netted him more than $20 million from live tournaments and millions of dollars more online, the Massachusetts native took time to respond to the media who criticized his unwillingness to talk to them after his famous victory in which $4.6 million was raised for Guy Laiberte’s charitable One Drop Foundation. As the petulant pro now explains:
“I misrepresented myself before when I said I didn’t want to speak to media because of poker being a harmful game. I do not care about poker. I just see it as a distraction to people, just like any sport/tv show/movie. Taking away the focus from things that matter to peoples lives.”
Still, poker is a multifaceted game and its poker’s disparate assortment of pros which give it its unique flavour, such as the affable Daniel Negreanu, super brat Phil Hellmuth, outlandish table talking Tony G, or the ever imploding Mike Matusow. It has even been suggested that a surly, morose Daniel Colman may even have helped stoke up even more fascination in the game after his ambivalent reaction to the win, than if he had just simply decided to be courteous and smile at the cameras.