Daniel Colman has won the biggest prize of the year, a whopping $15 million at the World Series of Poker’s Big One for One Drop event. Daniel Negreanu finished in second for $8 million, which makes him poker’s all-time biggest winner with over $29 million in tournament winnings.
This incredibly large tournament is special because it also raised a massive $4.6 million towards the One Drop charity which aims to provide clean drinking water to the underprivileged around the globe. Each player paid $1 million to take part, with $111,111 going to the charity, which was founded by Guy Laliberte of Cirque du Soleil fame.
The tournament brought together top poker professionals and rich businessmen who got a chance to win the second largest prize pool in history and a life changing amount of money.
Some of the biggest names in poker that took part included Phil Ivey, Hall of Famer Erik Seidel, online poker stars Daniel “jungleman” Cates, Isaac Haxton, and Phil Galfond. The 2012 winner, Antonio Esfandiari, who previously won over $18 million took part, as well as the 2012 runner-up Sam Trickett who had won over $10 million last time around played, both hoping for a repeat.
Celebrities and rich businessmen also took part, including the event’s founder Guy Laliberte, the founder of Cirque du Soleil, and Bobby Baldwin, President of the Mirage, Bellagio and Golden Nugget, and former WSOP Champion.
In total, 42 players took part, but only 8 would be paid, leaving a lot of big losers!
In the end, Colman was able to outwit superstar poker player Daniel Negreanu to take down the massive prize.
Perhaps the most bizarre part of the tournament was the complete lack of celebration by Daniel Colman, who did not look like he won a single cent. His reaction completely baffled the crowd and fans.
Later in a post on the TwoPlusTwo poker forums, he explained himself somewhat, by saying, “First off, I don't owe poker a single thing. 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.” He went on to add that, “I would never in a million years recommend for someone to try and make it as a poker pro.”
Here are the final results:
1st Daniel Colman $15,306,668
2nd Daniel Negreanu $8,288,001
3rd Christoph Vogelsang $4,480,001
4th Rick Salomon $2,800,000
5th Tobias Reinkemeier $2,053,334
6th Scott Seiver $1,680,000
7th Paul Newey $1,418,667
8th Cary Katz $1,306,607