Cast your mind back to 2011 and the string of results that Erik Seidel put together. The eight time World Series of Poker bracelet winner totted up cashes in excess of $6.5 million after a string of results that many thought would never been seen again. They were wrong in these assumptions.
Dan Colman, the man who refused to speak out after taking down the 2014 Big One For One Drop event in the summer, is on the hottest streak ever witnessed in poker, one that has seen him win more than $22 million! Think about that for a moment, Colman has won more than $22 million during 2014 – and there are still two full months of the year remaining!
Colman’s latest victory came in the £60,000 buy-in World Poker Tour (WPT) Alpha8 London event, a super high roller tournament that saw 23 wallet-damaging buy-ins taken, two of those buy-ins came from Colman who used his second bite of the cherry with devastating effect.
It was British hedge fund manager Talal Shakerchi who went into the second and final day of WPT Alpha8 London with the chip lead, followed by Team PokerStars Pro Isaac Haxton and Colman in third place.
Eleven players sat down at the start of Day 2, but Sorel Mizzi, Faisal Alfalasi and Max Altergott all took full advantage of the extra late registration period to take the total number of players in the luxurious Palm Beach casino to 14.
Those 14 were whittled away over the course of three levels of play to leave only the final table of eight vying for the £600,000 first place prize.
2014 WPT Alpha8 London Final Table
The first elimination of the grand finale was that of British superstar Sam Trickett. The man from Retford raised to 12,000 from early position and found some resistance in the shape of a three-bet to 33,000 from fellow Brit Shakerchi. Trickett responded with an all-in four-bet and Shakerchi snapped him off.
Trickett held a legitimate hand in , but Shakerchi was sat there with for a far superior holding. The flop gave Trickett a sweat, although any hopes of a suckout were soon dashed by the arrival of the turn and river.
High stakes specialist Christoph Vogelsang was the next to fall, the German becoming a victim of Sorel Mizzi. A brief, yet intense, preflop raising war resulted in Vogelsang being all-in with and Mizzi being behind with the . Like Trickett’s exit hand, “Big Slick” was no good because the board ran to send Vogelsang to the rail.
If WPT Alpha8 London was a bounty tournament Shakerchi would have been quids in because he claimed another scalp, that of Vladimir Troyanovskiy. A raise from Shakerchi was three-bet all-in for 126,000 chips by Troyanovskiy and Shakerchi called.
Troyanovskiy’s tournament life hung in the balance, his needing some help from the board because Shakerchi held the dominating . The board provided no help at all and Troyanovskiy headed into the cold London air.
Nobody likes to burst the money bubble, especially not when they have fired numerous bullets in a £60,000 buy-in event, but someone had to. That someone was Mizzi.
Mizzi had been playing the role of short-stacked ninja for most of Day 2, relying on his all-in bets getting through in order to stay ahead of the increasing blinds and antes. His luck eventually gave out.
Looking down at and being armed with slightly more than 10 big blinds, Mizzi moved all-in. It looked as if Mizzi would add the blinds and antes to his stack once more, but Colman called in the big blind with to put his Canadian opponent at risk of bubbling.
A flop reading was not exactly what Mizzi wanted to see, although he did pick up some outs to a straight. Those outs failed to materialise as the was followed onto the felt by the to leave Mizzi high and dry and lock up £160,000 for the four surviving players.
Isaac Haxton was the first player to collect some prize money for his substantial efforts, busting in fourth place at the hands of Shakerchi. Haxton opened the betting with a raise to 16,000 from under the gun and then called when Shakerchi set him all-in.
Shakerchi turned over and a despondent Haxton revealed the . The board provided little in the way of drama and Haxton left the tournament are to collect yet another six-figure score.
The next player to fall by the wayside was Shakerchi who made an ill-timed move against the seemingly unstoppable Colman. After opening to 32,000 from the button, Colman instantly called when Shakerchi re-raised all-in for around 300,000 chips. Colman showed and all Shakerchi could muster was the . A queens-friendly board reading sent Shakerchi home for the proverbial early bath.
Colman held a 1,613,000 to 687,000 lead over Max Altergott going into heads-up and it looked as if the writing was on the wall for the German, not least because Colman used to play high stakes heads-up sit and go tournaments for a living. However Altergott gave a great account of himself and proved to be a formidable foe, but eventually Colman emerged victorious.
The latter stages of the one-on-one battle saw the players get their stacks into the middle with alarming regularity, and on the third such consecutive occasion Colman held and Altergott the superior . The king-high only remained best up to the dealing of the flop from where it remained second best through the turn and river. Colman winning yet another major tournament.
2014 WPT Alpha8 London Final Table Results
What next lies in store for Colman is anyone’s guess, but with the European Poker Tour London festival only a few days away you can bet your bottom dollar that he will be competing in at least the £4,250 Main Event and £10,300 High Roller and nobody would bat an eyelid if Colman scooped yet another massive score.