The 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller kicked off the final stop of Season 10 in grand fashion, and now after three days of intense play, a winner has emerged in Monaco. Daniel Colman, a 23-year-old from the United States who plays online under the name “mrGR33N13,” topped a field of 62 entries (50 unique, 12 reentries) to win the €1,539,300 first-place prize.
Colman was the only player in the tournament to fire three bullets, mean he invested €300,000 into the event.
Leading up to the final table of eight, all of who were in the money and guaranteed a slice of the €6,015,240 prize pool, play was dominated by the group of Macau businessmen. On the flipside, Igor Kurganov snuck onto the final table as the extreme stack. Amazingly, Kurganov battled back and found himself with the chip lead after 68 hands.
Speaking of Hand #68, that is when Olivier Busquet was crippled after running tens into the pocket rockets of Paul Phua. The World Poker Tour Alpha8 commentator was left with just two big blinds, and they went in the next hand. He managed to make a straight, but it was no good as Dan Cates wound up with a full house. Busquet took home €241,000 for his eighth-place finish.
In Level 19 (30,000/60,000/10,000), on Hand #72 of the final table, Colman, who relocated to Brazil after Black Friday in order to continue playing online poker, made it 125,000 from the button with the , and Ole Schemion, who is fresh off his EPT10 Sanremo High Roller win for €265,000, three-bet to 335,000 from the big blind with the . Colman shoved all in and Schemion made the call for his tournament life.
The on the flop gave Colman a set, but Schemion an open-ended straight draw. The looked like something, but changed nothing. Schemion still needed an eight or king, but wouldn't get either as the blanked on the river. Schemion, who qualified for the tournament by winning a €10,000 satellite, was eliminated in seventh place for €307,000. He’ll earn even more points on the EPT10 Player of the Year leaderboard, which he is most assuredly will win.
It took awhile for the next elimination to occur. In fact, it didn’t happen until Hand #114 of the tournament when a short-stacked Phua got his chips in holding the against the of Colman. The board ran out and Phua was out in sixth place. From there, the start-of-the-day chip leader, Rono Lo was felled in fifth place, and he was followed out the door by Richard Yong, who picked the worst possible spot to shove.
At that point, the final three players struck the following deal:
That left €241,000 for the winner and €115,400 for the runner up. One might think things would be over relatively quick after that, but it took another 46 hands before the next player would fall. It happened on Hand #179 when Colman moved all in from the small blind and Kurganov snap-called off for 1.715 million from the big blind. The blinds were quite big at this point, so it was no surprise to see them get it in.
Kurganov got it in good and had a 58% chance of doubling on the hand, and that jumped to a 3-1 lead when the flop came down . The turn have Colman some more outs, and much to Kurganov's dismay the river was one of them. Kurganov walked away with €1,128,300, which was a nice score considering he was the extreme short stack at the start of the day.
Cates began heads-up play with a sizable chip lead, but Colman managed to wrestle it away through patient play. It took 23 heads-up hands, but eventually Colman, who is a WCOOP Heads-Up champion, was able to dispatch his opponent. To check out the final hand, click here.
|1st||Daniel Colman||United States||€1,539,300*|
|2nd||Dan Cates||United States||€1,283,700*|
|8th||Olivier Busquet||United States||€241,000|
*Denotes three-handed deal.
Congratulations to Daniel Colman, the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller champion. In addition to his cash prize, Colman also receives a stunning bracelet worth €10,000 from Shamballa Jewels, Official Braclet Sponsor of EPT Season 10 Super High Roller events.