WSOP 2016 Colossus Won By Benjamin Keeline

One of the exciting stories from the WSOP 2016 is the Colossus II. This is the second year of this event, a massive 21000+ entry event with the winner guaranteed $1,000,000. Benjamin Keeline took home the top prize. And his story illustrates how tough poker can be.
Several years ago, he’d won a WSOP Circuit ring and has pocketed over $400,000 in earnings over the years. That is good if you are part time poker player with a full time career elsewhere but for a professional poker player, it’s not much at all. Transportation and entertainment costs take a big bite out of the bottom line and can make small occasional wins look like little to show for results. Keeline left the world of poker for a while and took up being an Uber driver.
Poker earnings have to include costs of the tournaments and that may be travel related like hotel, transportation costs, entertainment costs as well as tournaments that might not have paid off costs as well. Making a clean profit in poker can be a very challenging. Keeline’s first entry was a washout, and had to enter a second time. And in more drama, he was down to a single $500 chip with antes at $500 and blinds $1500-$3000. So he came back from a very low point to overtake the competition and win the event for a massive payday of $1,000,000. The Colossus is one of the largest poker tournaments in history with over 21000 entries. The buy-in for the event is $565.
The final hand of the Colossus was no different for Benjamin Keeline. He had a pocket pair of jacks. His opponent, Jiri Horak from Czecholslavakia had Ace Nine unsuited. As the flop rolled out, an Ace and Nine appeared and victory looked likely for Horak but four of the five cards were spades giving Keeline a spade flush victory.
The top nine finishers were:
Benjamin Keeline $1,000,000
Jiri Horak $618,000
Farhad Davoudzadeh $462,749
Richard Carr $348,462
Marek Ohnisko $263,962
Christopher Renaudette $201,151
Alex Benjamin $154,208
Jonathan Borenstein $118,937
Xiu Deng $92,291

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