Daniel Colpoys is off to a strong start in 2022. The poker pro has live poker tournament results from as far back as 2009, but his two largest career scores have both come in recent weeks. Colpoys finished fourth in the Lucky Hearts Poker Open $25,500 buy-in high roller in the final week of January for a career-best $202,145. Less than a fortnight later he managed to secure another huge six-figure payday, taking down the PokerGO Cup $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em kickoff event for his first live tournament title since 2014. Colpoys defeated a field of 77 total entries in the event, earning $200,200 for the win.
The score increased Colpoys’ career live earnings to more than $1.5 million. In addition to the title and the money, he was also awarded plenty of rankings points. The 420 Card Player Player of the Year points he earned as the champion, when combined with the 378 he took home for his recent deep run in Florida, were enough to move him into 22nd place in the overall POY standings. He also earned 200 PokerGO Tour points, bringing his total to 321 in that race. He now sits in 6th place on that leaderboard.
With that Colpoys entered heads-up play with 5.7 million to Lichtenberger’s 3.925 million. The two battled it out for more than 45 minutes. By the time the final hand was dealt, Colpoys had surpassed 7 million. Lichtenberger limped in from the button for 150,000 total with A-4. Colpoys made it 475,000 to go with 9-9 Suit and Lichtenberger called. The flop came down Q-5-3 and Colpoys bet 225,000. Lichtenberger called with his ace-high, gutshot straight draw, and backdoor flush possibilities.
The A turn gave Lichtenberger a pair of aces and the lead. Colpoys check-called a 450,000 bet from Lichtenberger and the river brought the 9. Colpoys checked with his rivered set and Lichtenberger moved all-in. Colpoys made the quick call to lock up the pot and the title. Lichtenberger earned $146,300 as the runner-up finisher.
Final Table Results:
- Daniel Colpoys – $200 200
- Andrew Lichtenberger – $146 300
- Darren Elias – $100 100
- Matthew Wantman – $77 000
- Scott Ball – $61 600
- Michael Lang – $46 200