Jonathan Duhamel beats Colman to the ONE DROP High Roller title, $25k PLO proves popular

Jonathan Duhamel won the $111,111 ONE DROP High Roller, scooping almost half of his 2010 Main Event win in just two days

For large periods of last night’s play it looked like Daniel Colman was going to win the big buy-in ONE DROP event for the second year running. Since taking the $1m buy-in event last year for $15,306,668, Colman has caused waves in the poker world, refusing media interviews, deriding the game and wearing a pro-Palestinian t-shirt at an EPT final table.

He’s also cashed five times – and when Colman cashes it’s significant. Four of the five events he’s cashed in had buy-ins of over $50k and he won the other – the $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open for $1,446,720. In all he’s added close to $5m with those five cashes and you can now make that over $6m from six after he finished third in the $111,111 ONE DROP High Roller.

As you’d expect from the buy-in, the final table was glittering, with Phil Hellmuth looking – and coming close – to bracelet number 15. He ended up being eliminated in sixth for $696,821 after an eventful night that saw the Poker Brat re-emerge and declare ‘War!’ on a couple of players, Colman included.

Three-handed, Colman held a fairly commanding chip lead, but the two-day structure (to attract businessmen) meant the stacks weren’t deep and play was littered with shoves. One of the businessmen was still in as well – Bill Klein had the short stack and Jonathan Duhamel was in the middle. Duhamel catapulted into the lead when his Queens held against Colman’s A♣-9♣, and Colman was taken out by Klein’s Aces shortly after.

Duhamel had a small lead heads-up and despite Klein rallying, he couldn’t stop the 2010 Main Event winner from another huge win – $3,989,985, just less than half of the money he got for winning the ME. The field might have been tougher pound-for-pound but this was a lot less strenuous. After a three-bet from Klein with K-J, Duhamel shoved with Kings. Klein looked him up, hit a Jack on the flop, but couldn’t pull a miracle on the turn or river.

Event #58: $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP

Position Name Result
1 Jonathan Duhamel $3,989,985
2 Bill Klein $2,465,522
3 Daniel Colman $1,544,121
4 Ben Sulsky $1,118,049
5 Dan Perper $873,805
6 Phil Hellmuth $696,821
7 Anthony Zinno $565,864
8 Sergey Lebedev $466,970

PLO High Roller proves popular

PLO is pulling in the numbers at this WSOP. 166 players bought in for $25k in the first ever High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha event at the WSOP, with just 70 making it through to Day 2.

Several bustees from the $111,111 ONE DROP High Roller tried their luck – Phil Hellmuth was one who entered and bust before the day came to a close. He’s keeping his discipline though as he tweeted afterwards:

‘Feel like having a couple Macallan 25s after busting PotLimOmaha, BUT locked myself in my room w Oreo Cookies, Jelly Belly Sours & movie.’

Anthony Zinno did better, stacking 197,900 at the end, good for 26th spot. The UK’s James Park is at the top of the pile, with Scott Clements in second, Talal Shakerchi in fifth, Brian Hastings in tenth and Phil Galfond in 12th. Daniel Negreanu (40th) and Joe Hachem (46th) are still in touch with the top.

Registration is still open until the start of play on Day 2 and they’re back at 1pm PT.

Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha

Position Name Chips
1 James Park 465,700
2 Scott Clements 460,000
3 Joseph Sanders 434,900
4 Alexey Makarov 433,000
5 Talal Shakerchi 420,400
6 Prakash Patel 400,240
7 Richard Austin 387,600
8 Stian Usterud 382,800
9 Victor Saedon 376,800
10 Brian Hastings 338,200


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