Dan Colman Leads Overall European Standings, Andrea Dato 2nd in Two Tiers

Daniel Colman managed a smile while crushing poker this year. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

Daniel Colman managed a smile while crushing poker this year. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

The EPT Barcelona event saw two American players, Olivier Busqeut and Daniel Colman, make headlines for an instant-classic final table. The Barcelona festival jump started the fall European tournament season and re-wrote the standings across all European tiers.


  1. Daniel Colman – 501.00
  2. Andrea Dato – 498.86
  3. Olivier Busquet – 412.50
  4. Eugene Katchalov – 404.60
  5. Ole Schemion – 403.60

Colman and Busquet finished first and second respectively in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller giving Colman enough POY points to edge out Andrea Dato for the lead. Busquet took down the event following a heads-up deal for just under $1.2 million and 250 POY points. Busquet had a handful of final tables and three runner-up finishes in EPT events and broke through for his first EPT title. Additionally, it’s the first live win he’s recorded since winning the 2009 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open.

Colman’s monster European year began with winning the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller for $2.1 million and 250 POY points. A week later he final tabled a Grand Final Six Max event for 76 POY points. Then Colman spent the Summer in Vegas racking up four six-figure scores. He returned to Europe at EPT Barcelona for his runner-up finish to Busquet for $1.12 million and 175 POY points.

Dato finished in fourth place of the EPT Barcelona Main Event for $479,013 and 157.08 POY points. It was his fourth European final table appearance and highest finish since winning the Gioco Digitale WPT Venice Carnival.


  1. Andre Lettau – 357.00
  2. Antonio Buonanno – 336.15
  3. Oleksii Khoroshenin – 323.00
  4. Vitaly Lunkin – 322.80
  5. Ihar Soika – 284.60

Barcelona hosted the 100th EPT Main Event and broke all kinds of records. An otherwise unknown Andre Lettau benefitted the most from the inflated fields and won the main event after a three-handed deal for $1.05 million and 357 POY points. Samuel Phillips finished runner-up and actually earned more than Lettau with $1.35 million due to the deal they reached with Hossein Ensan – who received $863,636 for third place.

Antonio Buonanno led the European Elite tier for months following his win in the EPT Grand Final in April earlier this year. He earned $1.7 million and 320 POY points for the win.

Oleksii Khoroshenin‘s only qualifying cash for Elite level events came from the EPT Vienna Main Event in March for $797,366. Russian serial casher Vitaly Lunkin had a handful of results that added up to him barely being edged out by Khoroshenin. Lunkin’s largest finish was a preliminary Six Max Turbo win for 200 POY points six weeks after he took fourth place in the EPT Vienna High Roller.


  1. Anton Wigg – 252.20
  2. Andrea Dato – 245.08
  3. Henrik Hecklen – 234.00
  4. Bryan Paris – 226.02
  5. Santiago Nadal – 222.42

The closest race from top to bottom has Anton Wigg only 30 points ahead of fifth place Santiago Nadal. Wigg earned his way to the top spot with two final tables while the EPT was in Barcelona. He first won a No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha event for $94,305 and then just a few days later he finished in third place in a NLHE event for $95,601 and 91 POY points.

Nadal worked hard to crack top five and just recently did so with a cash in the EPT Barcelona Bounty event for 7.8 POY points. His largest score on the year was a second place finish in the Estrellas High Roller event during the Barcelona festival for $236,854 and 163.80 POY points. He also had a final table run in an EPT Grand Final preliminary NLHE event for 50.82 POY points.

Dato is in the top five of a second ranking tier due to his consistent results over the year. He picked up 80 POY points early in the year at EPT Deauvielle. Then his huge WPT win in Venice tacked on 165 POY points and $145,623 to his score.


  1. Erwann Pecheux – 374.00
  2. Matias Ruzzi – 250.00
  3. Alexander Spencer – 248.70
  4. Zoltan Gal – 238.70
  5. Simon ronnow Pedersen – 234.70

Erwann Pecheux has feasted on Double-A level events in 2014. Pecheux earned his first qualifying cash with a sixth place finish at the EPT Deauville France Poker Series Main Event for 72.60 POY points and then a few weeks later a win at a WPT National event in Brussels for $28,324 and 110 POY points. He recorded a runner-up finish at the WPT National Paris Main Event and followed that up with another WPT National final table at Cannes for third place with 71.50 POY points.

Matias Ruzzi sits an even 250 POY points in second place from winning the Estrellas Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event for $265,229. He has a couple other EPT Grand Final cashes in 2014 but their buy-in was too high to count at the Double-A level.

The majority of Zoltan Gal‘s score came from his win in the Eureka Poker Tour Vienna Main Event for 231 POY points and $287,555. He cashed at the Eureka Poker Tour Rozvadov Main Event in 55th place for 7.7 POY points.

Simon Pedersen added 84 points to his score with a runner-up finish in a preliminary Turbo event at EPT Barcelona. His largest result was a win in a EPT Vienna Re-entry event, where he earned 143 POY points and $101,404.


  1. Renato Tursunovic – 85.00
  2. Paul Jackson – 64.50
  3. Maxim Tyurin – 57.55
  4. Hasan Kaylan – 56.50
  5. Tadhg Ryan – 51.75

Renato Tursonovic had two tournament wins that put him in the top spot. Both events were Mini Events on the EPT tour. His first was in Deauville for $68,387 and 47.50 POY pointss and then at the Grand Final for $34,590 and 37.5 POY points.

Paul Jackson accumulated his POY score from several different UK events. He cashed a Dusk Til Dawn in February at the Grand Prix, the Genting Series in Sheffield and Sotek and the GUKPT Walsall.

Maxim Tyurin never left the island of Cyprus and cashed six times during the Cyprus Poker Open in ten days.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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