New King Of The Hill Crowned In Pennsylvania

Martin Derbyshire October 30, 2017 2532 Reads
Poker Night in America

A new King of the Hill was crowned in Pennsylvania last week. While any number of PA lawmakers involved in passing online poker and gambling legislation could have been given the title, high roller Daniel Colman went out an earned it another way.

Colman won the third Poker Night in America King of the Hill crown Thursday night sweeping his way to victory inside the poker room at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia.

The $50,000 buy-in four-way heads-up winner take all competition saw veteran rounder Brandon Adams take on 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Scott Blumstein in the first match Wednesday. A rail full of raucous supporters wouldn’t help the WSOP World Champion in this one. In fact, Adams made short work of Blumstein to push into the final.

Colman conquers King of the Hill Busquet

Colman then took on defending King of the Hill champion Olivier Busquet in a best two out of three match with a match-up against Adams awaiting the winner in the final. There was nothing quick about it, but Colman did manage to sweep Busquet to push into the final to ensure King of the Hill would crown a new winner.

With Doug Polk and Pete “The Manz” Manzinelli amiably handling hosting duties on the Poker Night in America Twitch live stream, Colman continued to dominate in the first match of the final, winning it in 30 minutes or less.

He took the lead four-bet shoving big slick preflop. Adams called with sixes in an effort to put Colman away early. However, he found himself on the ropes when an ace turned.

Adams then picked up big slick himself and got married to it. He called a bet when Colman turned trip deuces. Then, he called it all off when Colman filled up on the river. Ace-high was clearly no good, but Adams was too short to do much about it.

Colman sweeps his way to the win

Colman quickly rolled over Adams in the second match as well. He built a lead before flopping top pair versus Adams bottom pair. After checking the flop, Adams refused to fold to a bet from Colman. Then, when he picked up a gutshot on the turn to go with his pair, he wasn’t going anywhere. Adams check-called a turn bet and when the board paired on the river giving him two pair, he checked again. Colman shoved with the better two pair and when Adams called it off, the King of The Hill title, belt and $200,000 winner-take-all prize was Colman’s.

He joined Busquet and inaugural champ Phil Hellmuth as King of the Hill title holders.

Colman now has $28,832,363 in career live tournament earnings. That puts him third on poker’s all-time money list behind only Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel. The majority of Colman’s earning come from his win in the 2014 WSOP $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop event. However, he has now almost doubled the $15,306,668 he won there.

No word yet on a fourth King of the Hill. However, Poker Night in America will host an event at Choctaw Casino Resort in Oklahoma to wrap up October. Plus, the crew is headed to the Caribbean for an event in the Dominican Republic Nov. 19-25.

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