Dan Colman became the champion of the third edition of the King of the Hill invitational heads-up challenge after facing Brandon Adams on the final day of play. The event took place over two days – October 25-26 – at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Colman collected the $200,000 prize pool and the special King of the Hill belt to celebrate his accomplishment. Just as his other three opponents at the King of the Hill challenge, the young poker pro is known to be a seasoned heads-up player.
The King of the Hill II champion Olivier Busquet and the 2017 WSOP Main Event champion Scott Blumstein were the other two participants in the invitational $50,000 buy-in event. The semi-finals were played on October 25. The defending champion faced Colman on that day while Adams squared off with Blumstein. Colman and Adams offered their first heads-up opponents little chance to secure a seat into the finals.
Highlights from the Heads-Up Match
The second day of the event saw the final two players face each other for the winner-take-all prize of $200,000 and the champion’s belt. And it was a relatively quick battle, during which it was definitely Colman who dominated action.
On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Adams had around $11,200 worth in chips left to Colman’s $186,400. The two players checked pre-flop to see [3h][10s][4d] arrive on the flop. Adams checked and Colman bet $1,200. Adams called. The [5c] ran out on the turn, which Adams checked and Colman bet $3,000. Adams called in anticipation for the final card to be dealt.
The [5s] ran out on the river. Colman shoved all in after several seconds of consideration, leaving it to Adams to decide whether that would be the final hand of the event. Here it is important to note that Colman held [10c][8h] at the time and Adams had [6d][3d].
Adams clearly had a weak hand, but gave his final move quite some thought as he was trying to read his opponent and to find whether he was bluffing or was indeed holding a hand that could secure him with the victory. Eventually, the player made the call to put an end to the duel and hit the rail empty-handed.
Colman added the $200,000 payout to swell his poker bankroll up to over $28.8 million. The young poker pro currently ranks third in the all-time money list, with Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel the only two players ahead of him.
Colman is probably best known for his victory in the 2014 edition of the WSOP $1,000,000 The Big One for ONE DROP event. He topped a field of 42 tournament entries to eventually scoop the amount of $15,306,668. It is also interesting to note that he emerged the victor after a thrilling heads-up battle with none other but Negreanu.