Colman Sweeps Player of Year Races
The last week of 2014 was all about awards.
Daniel Colman swept all of the major Player of the Year titles after his record year while Dan "jungleman12" Cates hung on to finish the year as online poker's top high stakes earner.
Dan Colman Sweeps Most Major POY Races
We can now declare what everyone has known for months: Daniel Colman is the 2014 Player of the Year.
Colman has virtually swept every major POY race, including Cardplayer and Bluff Magazine. The high-stakes wunderkid earned a record $22 million in 2014 including a victory in the $1m Big One for ONE DROP.
Colman had Mike Leah outpointed by a large margin on Bluff Magazine's Player of the Year race but had to sweat a bit for the CardPlayer and the Global Poker Index title.
Surviving a late charge by Ami Barer, Colman managed to walk away with the CardPlayer POY. Barer had two cashes in December but could not put together any final tables or victories to make it a true race.
The Global Poker Index's POY race was much closer. Defending champion Ole Schemion nearly snuck in and stole the title for a second straight year with three cashes at EPT Prague. While he finished with 4125.39 points, it was not enough to eclipse the 4141.91 of Colman.
Cates Finishes as Online Poker's Top Earner; Hansen Worst
Daniel Cates is officially online poker's top earner for 2014. He finished the year with combined earnings of over $3.42 million, finishing both first and ninth on HighStakesdb's leaderboard.
Cates managed to earn $2.8 million on Full Tilt under "jungleman12" and $631,288 on PokerStars under "w00ki3z". Punting-peddler officially finished second with $2.57 million in earnings. Patrik "FinddaGrind" Antonius rounded out the top three with $1.7 million in earnings.
Only two other players finished above $1 million in earnings in 2014. Isaac "luvtheWNBA" Haxton earned $1.54 million in 2014 while Doug "WCGRider" Polk finished the year with $1.07 million in earnings.
Adversely, four of the game's top names finished in the top five for losses in 2015. Leading the way by a large margin was Gus Hansen. He lost a staggering $5.59 million in 2014. Even a recent $600,000 upswing couldn't bring him below $5 million in losses.
Phil Ivey finished the year with $2.28 million in losses. "Polarizing" has been very swingy as of late and could have finished the year much worse if not for putting together a winning November. Unfortunately, his losses in early 2014 were impossible to overcome.
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom swung his way into the loser's bracket in 2014. After trending up over $1 million in earnings more than once in the early part of the year, he's been on a massive downswing that ultimately left him with $1.67 million in losses on the year.
Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond finished the year losing around $1.08 million, one of his worst years ever. Galfond started the year off horribly dropping over $1 million in a couple-day span in March. He rebounded from being down $1.4 million to being down just $84,000 by the start of the World Series of Poker.
Post-WSOP Galfond went on another losing streak, bottoming out at $1.3 million in losses. He walked away from high-stakes action in September down $1.08 million.