Colman returned to the World Series of Poker for the first time in a year to play the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop. “I’m here because it’s a good tournament and I saw some value in it,” he said.
Colman ruffled some feathers last year when he declined interview requests following the televised event, but what the offended didn’t see was that Colman became involved with the One Drop charity away from public eye.
He took a boots-on-the-ground approach and traveled with the One Drop team to affected areas. “It’s easy to think about how some people have it pretty bad, but once you get there and see it up close and personal – it’s like wow. It’s really even hard to describe how some people are living,” Colman said.
“I took away that this charity is doing really good work. They have a good system in place and are really targeting the problem from all aspects,” Colman said. “From education, practical water solutions, drip irrigation, micro-financing – they’re doing a real good job.”
The charitable initiatives in poker go beyond the One Drop, a young group of players founded REG in the last year – Raising for Effective Giving – and encouraged other pros to pledge 1% of their winnings to help others. Something that previous generations of poker players didn’t do.
“It’s pretty incredible because poker is very individualistic and a dog-eat-dog game,” Colman said. “To see people have something good come from poker is pretty great.”
Colman’s experience in high stakes poker led him to unofficially retire from the game and the last year was especially eye-opening for him. “I’ve looked at poker the same way since, well, the last few years – nothing’s changed.”
He does have a plan to play poker over the next couple of weeks. “I’m playing the Super High Roller Bowl and the Super High Roller cash games at Aria. Hopefully I can get in as many sessions as they let me and then I’ll play the (WSOP) Main Event.”
Colman began Day 2 of the High Roller for One Drop as chipleader with the event scheduled to play to winner tonight. For Colman to go deep again he said, “It’s a pretty turbo structure, it’s going to take a lot of good cards at the right time.”
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