Dan Colman Wins King of the Hill 3

The third instalment of King of the Hill has been won by Dan Colman, ripping the crown from previous winner Olivier Busquet. The $50,000 heads-up tournament is becoming a must watch for poker fans around the world.

 

The Champ Returns

Defending champ Olivier Busquet returned to the stage to defend his crown that he won from Phil Hellmuth, early in October. The four players would meet across the felt in Sugarhouse Casino, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to battle it out for the winner-takes-all $200,000 prize. The money isn’t everything at stake here though, the prestige of holding the champion’s belt is becoming highly sought after amongst high-profile players. The first three King of the Hill events have been a roaring success, with surely many more to come, such is the demand for one of the starting line-up places.

 

The Challengers

Brandon Adams: - Adam’s is a Harvard Business School lecturer, with a passion for poker and Daily Fantasy Sports. He is best known for his appearances on TV shows High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark. With more than $2.7million in live tournament winnings he is a player to be reckoned with, even if some of his more illustrious opponents have won much more. Recently at the inaugural Poker Masters events, Adams won tournament #4 for a cool $800,000, denying Doug Polk a victory many expected him to take.

Cash games are Adam’s usual thing, but his tournament record suggested he would be a worthy opponent.

 

Scott Blumenstein: - Blumenstein needs no introduction for fans of poker media, they will have seen him clinch the big one this summer. He swept aside more than 7200 rivals for the coveted WSOP Main Event title to scoop a $8.15 first place prize. The third largest main event field in history.

Still only 25 of age, Blumenstein hails from neighbouring state New Jersey. Unlike many of his opponents he actually finished his university education and received his accounting degree, standing himself in good stead for the numbers work that was to raise him to the pinochle of his chosen profession.

 

Dan Colman: - Colman was the clear favourite heading into this event, due to his reputation as one of the most feared heads-up opponents on the planet. He made his name by defeating Daniel Negreanu in the Big One for One Drop back in 2014 for a $15 million pay day. After his victory he famously refused any interviews with the media and quickly left the scene.

Don’t think Colman is a one hit wonder though, on top that $15 million he has added nearly $14 million to his tally, making a name as one of the biggest stars in poker today.

 

Semi-Finals

The first-round matches were a best of three format, but neither needed a deciding game. Brandon Adams easily swept aside Scott Blumenstein to reach the final pairing.

Colman had a much tougher ride for his match with Olivier Busquet, but still managed to claim victory in only two games.

So, Adams versus Colman it would be. As good a player as Adams is though, Colman was a huge betting favourite. Even with the insane variance that the heads-up format brings, the crowd clearly thought that only one man ever stood a chance at claiming the $200,000 prize and champion’s belt.

 

The Final

The final match up was also a best of three format, and it was guaranteed to produce a new King of the Hill.

Round one was a fairly quick affair, only lasting 30 minutes, but it was fast paced and exciting all the way through. Adams was first to race into a lead, and by 20 minutes playing time he was looking confident with a commanding chip lead. Then disaster struck.

The blinds were 500/1,000 and Colman raises his AKs to 3,600. Adams gets frisky with 66 and 3 bets to 14,200. Colman thinks a little then makes the obvious play by shoving his remaining 72,300. Adams is now in a spot where he can play it safe without losing too much, or he can gun for glory and hope he’s in a race situation, which is what he does.

The flop comes 7 3 9 making Adams now a close to 90% favourite, but when the turn comes an ace he’s left facing an uphill struggle with a 3-1 chip disadvantage.

The very next hand Adams is now holding AKo on the button, and he raises to 3,500. Colman goes fishing with J2s to see if he can hit gin.

The flop is an unimpressive 4 2 T, but it gives the lead to Colman. Both players decide to check. The turn is another 2 giving Colman trips, and he now leads out for 5,000 and gets called. The river is another T and Colman shoves with a full house, putting Adams into a tough spot. He knows very well that Colman can be bluffing here, and goes with the call giving the first match to Colman.

Round two was also over quickly. Adams didn’t really get a look in this time, as Colman steadily chipped away at his opponent without much coming back in the way of fire.

The matched ended with the blinds only at 300/600. Colman limps the button with T8o; Adams plays it safe with 63s and checks his option.

The flop comes 3 T 4 giving both players a piece. Adams checks and calls a 1,200 bet from Colman.

The turn comes a 5, giving Adams some outs for a straight. Same action this time around, Adams check-calls a 3,000 bet.

When another 5 lands on the river Colman shoves, putting Adams in for his remaining 7,000. Adams finds himself in another spot on a paired board where he thinks his opponent can be bluffing, and so he makes the call giving Colman a dominant victory.

Colman was humble after winning, telling Adams

“Poker’s easy when you just have a hand every time, every big pot we played.”

Let’s hope future editions of this new event are just as exciting as the first three have been.