It was Daniel V/s Daniel in the Event 57- The Big One for One Drop $1 Million buy-in event at the 2014 WSOP and the battle was won by the amateur Daniel who took home his first title. Daniel Colman, a 23 year old online pro won the $15,306,668 prize and the Platinum one of a kind Bracelet associated with the event. In his endevaour to winning this much talked about event he prevailed over Daniel Negreanu and his massive fan following on the rails
Event 51: $1,500 NLHE Monster Stack
The overwhelming response to the $1,500 NLHE Monster Stack Event saw the event stretch beyond 4 days. The almost 8000 player field was the third largest field in any WSOP event ever. Hugo Pingray of France won over days of action to get his first cash at the WSOP and also his biggest victory ever.
He won the coveted WSOP bracelet and around $1.3 M in prize money. The 23 year old who has taken a leave from college to play at the WSOP displayed signs of a seasoned pro while playing this event. He remained in the bigger stacks once the bubble burst and after the FT started, he was always in the top 3 behind Sean Drake who was the favorite to win. Drake was the most experienced player on the final table with a WSOP bracelet to his name while the others included 3 players who were making their first ever WSOP cash and another three who were making their first ever WSOP FT.
The top 792 finishers in this event each earned a payday worth at least $2,759. Some of the notables who cashed include Men Nguyen (685th), Marco Johnson (605th), Amir Lehavot (590th), hockey player Phil Kessel (587th), Soi Nguyen (372nd), Jeff Madsen (278th), Dwyte Pilgrim (209th), Taylor Paur (127th), John Monnette (89th), and Jason Duval (31st).
Here are the final table results of the $1,500 buy-in Monster Stack event:
1st: Hugo Pingray – $1,327,083
2nd: Joseph McKeehen – $820,863
3rd: Sean Drake – $619,521
4th: Claas Segebrecht – $468,594
5th: Thayer Rasmussen – $356,620
6th: Lynne Beaumont – $273,090
7th: Bobby Byram – $210,469
8th: Zachary Gruneberg – $163,238
9th: Joshua Hillock – $127,364
Event 57: $1M Big One for One Drop
The most talked about Big One for One Drop Event drew a record 42 entrants for the $1M buyin event. It generated a prize pool of $37,333,338 and thanks to $111,111 of each buy-in going towards the water equality organization One Drop, the event also raised $4.6 million for charity. A little name in Daniel Colman came out on top defeating the biggest names in poker. In heads up action he overcame Daniel Negreanu to win the top prize of over $15 M. While Negreanu won over $8 M for his second place finish, he catapulted himself into the first place of top earners of poker list.
The Big One for One Drop was making a comeback after it was first launched in 2012 and had 15 bracelet winners to boast off. A poker hall of famer, Erik Seidel and a WSOP Main Event Winner in Greg Merson were part of the lineup. Vanessa Selbst also made history as the only woman vying for the big prize.
Here are the final table results from the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop event:
1st: Daniel Colman – $15,306,668
2nd: Daniel Negreanu – $8,288,001
3rd: Christoph Vogelsang – $4,480,000
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 – $1,306,667