The Big One for One Drop is by far the most profitable tournament for poker professionals and rich businessmen, of all hosted by the World Series of poker. In fact, two years ago, when Antonio Esfandiari won the tournament and $18 million in the process, he immediately became the most successful tournament player in history. It was obvious that in 2014 his record will not be shattered, as the number of players who participated was capped at 42.
The magnitude of this tournament generated a lot of attention and ESPN had live coverage for the event: http://espn.go.com/poker/story/_/id/11169110/2014-wsop-daniel-colman-wins-big-one-one-drop. Paying $1 million out-of-pocket to play in any tournament, even one as significant as the Big One for One Drop is not something that many poker players can afford. Professionals thought twice about sitting down at the tables, because the chances of making the money were remote and the investment significant.
Under normal circumstances, the final table consists of nine players, but on this particular occasion, only eight of them made it this far. These were the ones who finished in the money and the first to be sent to the rail was Cary Katz who simply recuperated his buy-in and $300,000 on top of that. It is not a lot of money for poker professional willing to risk $1 million, but making it that far was rewarding enough.
Sam Trickett was one of the most successful players in the first day of the tournament, with a big stack in front of him. This is why he was credited with the first chance of making the final table and even winning the tournament, but he was eliminated before making the money. Daniel Colman came strongly from behind and when just eight players were left in the tournament, he and PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu emerged as the strongest contenders for the trophy.
Both of them managed to put their stacks to good use and they dominated the final table, gradually increasing the number of chips. It was hardly surprising that the two poker professionals ended up playing the heads-up, with their stacks be evenly matched. The blinds were so high at this moment, that despite the fact that the stakes were huge, the two Daniels had no choice but to shift into a more aggressive gear.
Colman got lucky when he needed it most and as a result won $15 million, while the runner-up had to settle for a bit less than $8.3 million. This is the full configuration of the final table at the Big One for One Drop:
- Daniel Colman – $15,306,668
- Daniel Negreanu – $8,288,001
- Christoph Vogelsang – $4,480,001
- Rick Salomon – $2,800,000
- Tobias Reinkemeier – $2,053,334
- Scott Seiver – $1,680,000
- Paul Newey – $1,418,667
- Cary Katz – $1,306,607