Olivier Busquet teaches his young Padawan, Daniel Colman, a lesson on how to run good, as he takes all the fortune he can get to come out on top of an impressive field in the €50,000 Super High Roller at the European Poker Tour in Barcelona.
After three runner-up appearances in major European Poker Tour (EPT) events, Olivier Busquet has finally won a title after defeating his roommate, friend, and protégé, Daniel Colman, to take the €896,434 first prize in the EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller (SHR).
“It’s pure, man. Such pure joy. There is so much frustration in tournament poker and I don’t have that many actual wins, especially on the EPT. I got so lucky, ran so good, and that’s what you need to do to win these events.” Busquet told PokerNews after his win.
It was a fantastic victory for the 32-year old Busquet who now takes his all time live tournament wins up to the $5.8 million mark, after handing out one final lesson to his protégé Daniel Colman.
The waiting media were spoiled a chance to see if Colman would do another runner, after Busquet ‘crushed him variance wise during the heads-up’, but the usually camera shy ONE DROP winner did make a political statement wearing a ‘Free Palestine’ t-shirt, during the heads-up phase. Busquet wore a ‘Free Gaza’ t-shirt at the same time.
Busquet’s friendship with Colman came to light during the final table of the BIG ONE for ONE DROP and the World Poker Tour (WPT) Champions Club member was a big supporter of Colman in the ensuing meltdown that followed his win, after he deciding against posing for photographs and undertaking an interview.
Busquet was in no mood to follow suit.
He was excited, exuberant and ecstatic as he told PokerNews reporter, Sarah Grant, that you, “normally feel sorry for your friend when you beat them on such a big occasion”, however, “the last person in the world you are going to feel bad for is Dan.”
Busquet was alluding to the $19.6 million that Colman has won in 2014 alone.
The WPT Alpha8 commentator was a recent guest on CalvinAyre where we talked about the High Roller events and said, “I have a view that the finances are a little bit vulnerable. I am hoping there is enough money to sustain these tournaments into the future.
“I think there are groups of investors who have done really well and hopefully they keep investing. But it’s not obvious to me that the high buy-in model is really that sustainable. We shall have to see if the money continues to flow in.”
Fortunately, for Busquet, the money has indeed kept on flowing – right into his bank account.
Final Table Standings
1st. Olivier Busquet – $896,434*
2nd. Daniel Colman – $843,066*
3rd. Vladimir Troyanovskiy – €473,200
4th. Scott Seiver – €364,200
5th. Sam Trickett – €288,400
6th. Sven Reichardt – €225,500
7th. Morten Klein – €177,500
8th. Dan Shak – €138,600