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Back in July 2014, Daniel Colman faced off against Daniel Negreanu in a heads-up battle to determine who would walk away with $15.3 million for winning the WSOP $1 million buy-in “Big One for One Drop” charity poker tournament.

The pair dueled for a while, and in the end Colman came out on top of a pseudo pre-flop race — instantly placing the then-24 year old among the game’s all time live event leaders.

Dan Colman — 2014 Big One for One Drop Winner


What many in the poker media assumed would be a throw babies in the air celebratory moment for Colman (who goes by the online name mrgr33n13 at the TwoPlusTwo forums) quickly turned sour — at least in some media representatives’ eyes.

Rather than rejoicing, Colman seemed to pout upon banking the largest poker score of his career. After sidestepping a great deal of camera time, Colman exited stage right — and left runner-up Daniel Negreanu to perform the goodwill deed of promoting poker.

The fallout from Colman’s dissing of post-victory interviews was epic. Rich Ryan posted an op-ed piece on PokerNews giving his take, and Negreanu followed suit with a blog post of his own. In their opinion, Colman’s begrudging relationship with the game contradicts the benefits the young pro has received because of poker.

Colman continued his winning ways throughout 2014, and actually hasn’t stopped winning big in live tournaments since that year. He has five 7-figure live scores in the past 25 months to accompany his solid pedigree as an online heads-up Sit & Go specialist.

He also continued his poker forum posting. On November 13, 2014, Colman had some choice words for all time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth — who could be seen congratulating the newly-elevated talent after his marquee victory. Colman called Hellmuth a “whore,” “spineless,” a “charlatan” and a “cancer.” All in a TwoPlusTwo post of less than 100 words!

Colman would be labeled by his critics with just about every synonym of “ungrateful” throughout 2014. The fervor finally died off a bit a year later when a video surfaced of the $25 million live event winner doing some charity work with the One Drop Foundation — but the inner workings of Colman’s attitude towards poker remained a mystery… until a couple of weeks ago.

On April 14, 2016, Colman joined Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram for a 2-hour conversation that covered everything from Massachusetts native’s penchant for gambling to justifying his posture after that historic 2014 championship.

Dan Colman Interview with Joey Ingram — 3 Takaways


Daniel Colman’s $15.3 Million Victory Reaction

Daniel Colman got into poker not necessarily to win, but to gamble. It just so happened that he quickly worked his way up to being a successful high stakes player, but the adrenaline rush of having such a large amount of cash at stake in the Big One for One Drop was far greater than the realization that the competition had concluded.

After all, it is highly unlikely that the jet-setter will ever be involved in a single poker situation in which approximately $7 million (the difference between first and second place in that event) is on the line and can be decided by a coin flip.

The way Colman sees it, his biggest poker moment wasn’t taking down the 2014 Big One for One Drop tourney, it was the moments before the Seven hit the river. You can even see his demeanor change almost instantly once the result has been decided on the final hand.

Colman Is Entitled To His Own Opinion

This gets mentioned in just about every Dan Colman op-ed article on the Innerwebz, yet it’s a point worth driving home. Just like it isn’t PokerStars’ responsibility to provide poker players with a means of employment, it isn’t Dan Colman’s (or any other poker player’s) duty to help other “sole trading” interests pimp their own platform or media service in the name of the game we all love.

Household brand names associated with poker — namely the WSOP — are rapidly finding out that big-name pros are consistently becoming more vociferous in promotion of their personal brands.

Take 2015 WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen for instance.

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Many of this year’s WSOP daytime events will start an hour sooner, and the 2015 Main Event champion doesn’t agree with the change.

Now that rant may be a bit much and a case of misappropriated blame, but the bigger story is how the “sole trading” aspect of turning a profit from poker is applicable to all involved… and that secret is out.

Having the luxury of a cooperative relationship between Operators (poker sites), Affiliates (poker media) and Consumers (poker players) would be nice and an overall benefit for the online poker platform, but every industry-based relationship fluctuates and adapts to the times.

More to the point, high profile winning poker players are only obligated to be ambassadors if they are paid to do so. Both Colman and McKeehen are fully capable of giving their own take on poker without having the authoritative rights to the game’s purity usurped by other interests.

Joey Ingram Atop Poker Media Pecking Order?

ChicagoJoey continues to prove through his podcast interviews with high profile names that he is a source of unique content within the community. No one had been able to get the 2014 Big One for One Drop winner on for an in-depth interview leading up to last month — yet Ingram’s reputation as a true winning online poker grinder combined with his viewer-friendly “conversating” was good for a 120-minute interview with Colman.

Poker operators may have had a near monopoly on industry news generation in years past, but Ingram along with poker forums and social media sites have now become the number one information source for any issue that falls under the News, Views & Gossip category.

The content poker fans can view on the Poker Life Podcast is similar in nature to that of online poker forums TwoPlusTwo and PocketFives — uncensored, unscripted, raw and sometimes edgy.

High volume and/or winning poker players appear generally comfortable spilling their guts on Ingram’s show, and the community as a whole benefits from the genuine information communicated in those interviews. If you’re looking for quality, hour-long interviews done recently with Olivier Busquet, Dan Colman, Jason Mo, Mike McDonald, Adam SmallDaniel Negreanu, Xuan Liu, Doug Polk, Dan Smith, Mason MalmuthDani Stern, and several others, then the Poker Life Podcast YouTube Channel is the place to go.

Assuming Ingram is able to maintain getting thousands of views to his shows within hours of their airing, poker media’s version of the New Kid in Town is likely to continue his prominence as the go-to source for engaging (and sometimes salacious) poker news. What’s more, poker media outlets may soon realize that article views to writeups that revolve around Ingram’s work can often compete with major tournament schedule releases and the sort.

It turns out that those who read poker-related material online are more than happy to catch up on the latest Poker Life Podcast banter and categorize it in importance alongside poker site promotions, major changes to live events, etc.

As far as Dan Colman goes, he doesn’t seem too miffed about the negative press he’s received since July 2014. Thanks to the April 2016 interview with Ingram, you don’t have to take my word on that… you can check out Colman’s guest appearance for yourself and be the judge.

David Huber

David Huber has been involved in the poker industry for more than a decade: initially as a professional online poker player and later as an editor, consultant, writer, and forum manager. Known as "dhubermex" online, David's poker-related work has been heavily published across numerous websites since 2004.