Dan Colman Wins WPT Alpha8 London, Passes $22 Million for 2014

Dan Colman defeated Max Altergott for the first WPT Alpha8 title of Season II. (Photo courtesy of WPT)

Dan Colman defeated Max Altergott for the first WPT Alpha8 title of Season II. (Photo courtesy of WPT)

Dan Colman took down his third high roller event on the year at the £60,000 WPT Alpha8 London event for $961,723. He defeated Max Altergott heads-up for the first Alpha8 title of Season II and pushed his year-to-date earnings past $22 million.

Colman’s year has him leading the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year standings and the High Roller POY standings after putting together seven final tables overall, with a third place finish in the 2014 WSOP $10,000 Heads Up Championship..

The event attracted 23 entrants, 17 unique entries and six re-buys, that juiced the prize pool to £1,334,000. The eight-handed final table only payed four places. Talal Shakerchi led table by a decent margin followed by Colman, Isaac Haxton and Vladimir Troyanovsky. Christoph Vogelsang, Sam Trickett, Altergott and Sorel Mizzi rounded out the final table.

Trickett was the first to go after he four-bet all in holding A K and Shakerchi called with pocket aces. The board ran K 4 3 4 6, Trickett’s pair of kings wasn’t enough and Shakerchi extended his chip lead.

Ten minutes later Vogelsang and Mizzi got their stacks in preflop with Mizzi holding Q J and Vogelsang at risk with A K. The board ran T 9 4 J 6, Mizzi’s pair of jacks was best and Vogelsang was eliminated.

Another ten minutes passed, Shakerchi opened and Troyanovsky shoved from the small blind. Shakerchi called with A Q and was ahead of Troyanovsky’s A 9. The dealer spread K J 5 8 K, Troyanovksy never improved and was eliminated.

The players were on the money bubble when Mizzi open-shoved with Q T and Colman called from the big blind holding K Q. The board ran K J 3 4 Q and Colman’s pair of kings sent Mizzi to the rail without a payout.

A couple hands later Haxton opened, Shakerchi shoved from the big blind and Haxton called with K Q. Shakerchi tabled pocket kings and the board ran all rags with 7 5 5 3 8. Haxton never improved and was out in fourth place.

Shakerchi, Altergott and Colman played for three hours before Colman opened on the button, Shakerchi moved in from the big blind and Colman called. Shakerchi tabled A 6 and Colman had the best hand with pocket queens. The board ran 7 4 2 K 2, Skakerchi didn’t hit an ace and was out in third place.

Heads-up play saw Colman start with the chip lead with 1.6 million and Altergott held 687,000. Altergott managed to double up twice and even held a small chip lead for a moment. But Colman hit a key double up holding K J to Altergott’s A 8 and Colman had the event all but won. Three hands later Altergott moved in with K 4, Colman called with J 8 and the board ran out Q 8 5 A 9. Colman won his fourth tournament of the year and added nearly another $1 million score.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Dan Colman – $961,723
  2. Max Altergott – $561,005
  3. Talal Shakerchi – $359,043
  4. Isaac Haxton – $256,459
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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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