Dan "mrGR33N13" Colman is better known for his exploits on the live tournament circuit than for his online prowess. However, it was online that he initially made his fortune, primarily for his expertise in high stakes heads-up sit and gos where he was the first player ever to win $1,000,000 in hyper-turbo tournaments in a calendar year (he did it in 9 months).
Colman began playing poker as, by his own admission, he liked to gamble.After depositing on certain sports betting sites and losing most of the cash betting sports he would take what was left over and play poker. Always preferring the one-on-one format, and the "finality" of a heads-up tournament that was where he spent his time.
Colman says he saw success straight away, but being a gambler his bankroll management was non-existent and as soon as he had one buy-in for the next level he would up the stakes. One particualr session saw him go from low buy-in matches up to $5k matches and he ended the day up $50k, only to lose it all the next day. In fact Colman says he went broke more times than he can remember.
Luckily for him these were the days when grinding back up was relatively straightforward if you had the skill set and he always found his way back.
Colman says his outlook changed in 2013 after a lengthy 2-3 year ban from PokerStars for multi-accounting. When he was finally let back on he settled at $1k's becoming one of the biggest winning regs, and finding success at the $2k's and $5k's. During this time Colman also got a reputation as an impressive chat-box "trash talker". He explains that he tilts very easily and that by venting in chat he doesn't let the tilt affect his game.
If winning $1m in hyper-turbos in 2013 was impressive, what he managed in live tournaments in 2014 was simply spectacular.
After winning the €100k Super High Roller at the EPT Grand Final in Monaco for $2.2m he went on to win the $1m buy-in "Big One for One Drop" WSOP Bracelet and the staggering $15.3m prize money.
Colman caused something of a controversey after the One Drop win after refusing to engage the media, stating that he didn't want to promote a game which was generally of the detriment to those who play it. Although these are very likely his views, Colman also later explained that he had enjoyed the competition and the headss-up part of the match so much that the moment it was over that he felt a huge adrenaline dump and was actually feeling really down about the whole thing.
Just over a week later he won nearly $800k in an Aria $100k Super High Roller for finishing 3rd, then the next month he had back-to-back 7-figure scores; winning the €50k Super High Roller at EPT Barcelona for $1.1m, followed by winning the $5k Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open for $1.4 million just 10 days later. Just over a month later Colman won yet another high roller, earning $957k for winning the £60k WPT Alpha 8 tourney in London. In total he won over $22m in tournaments in 2014 alone.
Since 2014 Colman's appearance in live events have been sporadic as he chose to largely step away from the circuit. He still managed, however, to post over $1m in tourney cashes in 2015, 2016, and already in 2017. As of February 2017 Colman has live cashes in excess of $27m.
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