It’s been almost two years since Dan Colman won the 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop along with $15.3 million. He famously took this opportunity to bash the very game that’s made him filthy rich. So it seems like he wouldn’t be the type of guy who’d do hardcore poker podcasts like ChicagoJoey’s “Poker Life.” However, much to my surprise, Colman appeared on the most-recent episode of the Poker Life podcast.
So was he still spreading his message of poker hate? I almost don’t want to say it, but he came of as pretty likable during the podcast.
One of the first notable things that Colman said is that he “hasn’t played poker in so long.” After playing in the 2016 World Poker Tour National (WPTN) tournament back in January (6th place, $502k), he has been taking a break from poker.
Another interesting tidbit that Colman offered is how he didn’t get started in poker for the money, but rather the “gaming aspect” of it.
“I wanted to play the best,” he said. “I wanted to play the best players. Maybe they could beat me, but I would say ‘Why’s this guy keep beating me.’ I thought for sure if I kept playing any of these guys, I would beat them.”
His quest to beat the best of course led to some very risky bankroll management moves, such as regularly building bankrolls up to $50k or more, then losing it all. However, his willingness to risk it all helped him rapidly accelerate in the online poker world.
One important thing to note here, though, is that Colman doesn’t advise such a risky strategy today because of how much the poker landscape has changed. Players are much better and it’s harder to grind back up if you lose everything.
Colman also said that he didn’t study, watch training videos or read strategy articles. Instead, he just played poker and spent hours afterward thinking about improving mistakes he made.
The whole interview is pretty interesting to watch, and you can check it out below.