Top 10 Poker Personalities We’re Thankful For – 2014
At the beginning of the year, one would be hard pressed to pick Daniel Colman out of a line up of Michael Phelps impersonators. Here in November he’s arguably put together the best year that any poker player has ever had in the history of poker. Colman has put together enough 7-figure scores to put him 3rd on the All-Time Money list in roughly 8 months of action. This achievement eclipses just about every legend in the game – it’s insanity, it’s sickness and…it’s not even the best part of Colman.
Colman’s decision to not talk to the media after his breakout win at the 2014 One Drop pretty much did the opposite of what was seemingly indented – it set off a poker media frenzy of a different kind. Everyone wanted to know what this kid’s deal was? So he answered, on Two Plus Two and went from a media shy winner to poker’s “Dark Game” anti-hero, addressing the underside of poker. A spokesperson for poker’s emo generation and, frankly, it was actually kind of refreshing. He’s brutally honest with his opinions and sure of himself to the point of abrasion – this makes for interesting conversation.
If one thought that his post One Drop rant and send up of Lon and Norm would be the end of Colman, you’d be dead wrong. Colman kept on winning – making political statements on live streamed final tables, taking down major titles left and right. To cap it all off, Colman almost randomly publicly calls out Phil Hellmuth citing him as “spineless” and a “cancer to this world” for his dealings with Ultimate Bet.
When he says something, Colman doesn’t mince words – even if he has to backtrack just a bit – and for his willingness to **** with the status quo we’re thankful for the emergence of Daniel Colman. Even if he plans on retiring in 2015.