It may have been only a 42-player ‘sit and go,’ as some players jokingly named it, but the Big One for One Drop tournament has easily outdone any other event that has taken place during this WSOP in terms of prize pools. A fee of $111,111 was taken from every $1 million buy-in, generating more than $4.6 million charity money for the One Drop Foundation. Players were left to compete for the prize pool of more than $33 million.
Nearly half of that money, $15.3 million, was reserved for the winner of the event. And that’s what the remaining nine players had their eyes fixed upon when they returned tonight for the last day of play. After about 4 hours of play, it was Daniel Colman who became $15.4 million richer.
Only eight players were guaranteed to walk away with money, meaning that one of those coming back today would go home $1 million lighter just like the 42nd place finisher. Although it was a huge bubble, it burst within a few hands of play. Many players did not have too many big blinds in their stacks. The extremely unpleasant honor went to Tom Hall, who had his ups and downs throughout the tournament. His luck finally ran out completely and he lost a flip to finish in 9th place.
Not even ten hands later, it was Cary Katz sent to the rail when his pocket Eights fell victim to Daniel Negreanu’s pocket Jacks. Katz still made a nice profit on the tournament, as he walked away with $1.3 million. Following him out the door not too long after was Paul Newey, who got it in good preflop with #ac#jh versus Rick Salomon’s #ah#4h. But Salomon turned the nut flush and sent Newey on his way to pick up more than $1.4 million for his seventh place finish.
Scott Seiver got his last 10 or so million in chips in the middle against Negreanu while holding the middle pair and a flush draw. But despite Seiver’s many outs, Negreanu’s top pair held up through the turn and river to eliminate Seiver in 6th place ($1,680,000).
Tobias Reinkemeier perhaps was not having his best day today, as he made what many deemed a questionable fold with pocket Aces on the turn and was shown a bluff by Seiver. But he managed to finish in fifth place and bank $2,053,000. His luck eventually ran out when he moved all-in with #js#8s and got called by Negreanu and his holding of #qd#10d. The flop could hardly hit KidPoker any harder, as it came #7d#8d#9d, and Reinkemeier was sent on his way.
Salomon and his remaining sixteen big blinds was next to go only a couple minutes later. He open shoved holding pocket Eights and was called by Colman with #ac#10h. Colman hit not one but two Tens on the flop and that was more than enough to send Salomon out with $2.8 million to his name.
The two Daniels and Christoph Vogelsang started three-handed play with Vogelsang looking to double up to have a shot at the $15 million first place prize. Although Vogelsang gave it his best, he kept bleeding chips and was eventually reduced to under four big blinds. Negreanu eventually put him away, allowing he and Colman to play for even bigger bucks than the $4,480,000 that Vogelsang took home.
The difference between first and second place was quite significant, so naturally, heads-up action took some time. Negreanu and Colman exchanged chip leads, with both players determined to claim victory.
In the final hand of the match, Negreanu limped his button, Colman raised, and Negreanu moved all-in. Colman wasted little time making the call with #kd#qh and Negreanu turned over #ad#4c for a slight preflop advantage.
The flop further extended KidPoker’s lead, as it came #js#ah#4s, giving him two pair. Colman was left looking for a ten to complete his Broadway. He did not have to sweat too much, however, as the dealer burned and turned the #10s. All of a sudden, Negreanu was way behind and looking for help on the river. That help never came as #7s peeled off, and KidPoker was eliminated in second place despite putting up a great fight against a player many describe as a heads-up specialist. His efforts were not in vain, however, as Negreanu banked $8,288,001 for his second place finish. This score puts him in first place on the All Time Money List, an honor held by Antonio Esfandiari until tonight.
The huge first place prize of $15,306,668 went to Colman. It’s the very first WSOP bracelet for the 23-year-old and he is no doubt thrilled that it came from such a big event. And to top it off, Colman’s “gold” bracelet will be a one-of-a-kind, custom made, platinum bracelet. You can call that a good day at the office.