The biggest drama right now in the poker world surrounds scathing comments that Dan Colman made about Phil Hellmuth last week. You can read the whole thing here, but basically Colman used viscous words like “spineless,” “charlatan” and “cancer” to describe the 13-time WSOP champ.
He later returned to the same TwoPlusTwo forum thread where the original post was made (under “mrGR33N13″), and put some meaning behind the attack. Posting a second and third time, Colman explained that his words were “a bit too harsh..” However, he stood by his initial statements that Hellmuth shamelessly self-promotes himself. The 2014 Big One for One Drop winner also questioned Hellmuth’s refusal to answer any questions about the UB Poker superuser scandal.
Most 2p2 posters could agree that the Poker Brat’s representation of UB wasn’t exactly a shining moment in his career – although nobody thinks he had anything to do with the superuser cover-up. But one poster had an issue with what skeletons Colman could be hiding in his closet. And here’s where the 24-year-old dropped the bombshell that he used to be a multi-accounter:
I multiaccounted tournaments online when I was 17-18 with a me against the world mentality. I have made plenty of mistakes, but I know I am far from that person I once was.
Kudos to him for admitting the multi-accounting before anybody was able to bring it up. However, Colman’s own admission hardly makes him the moral compass to judge everybody in poker. People can make their own judgments on this, however, it’s worth mentioning that Colman had more to say on the Hellmuth matter, as you can see from the following excerpt:
Once again, I admit to being too harsh in my initial post. Phil didn’t deserve that hateful of a message. I was a bit heated in the moment and it showed in my writings. I underestimate how much the poker world amplifies anything I have to say now that I have godmoded a few live tournaments, I will exercise more caution in the future before clicking the post button.
That being said, I still stand by the main gist of my post. Phil’s behavior in poker is atrocious, and I don’t think it belongs in this game. My love for poker came through discovery and learning, playing someone better than me and trying to figure out a way to beat their strategy. At poker’s best, in my opinion, its a game where you can be fully immersed in every decision in a battle to outwit your opponent with the money being wagered adding to the intensity of the competition. It didn’t come through watching some guy being a dickhead to people over and over again to amateur players on ESPN. There are efforts being made right now to ‘sportify’ poker with the goal of garnering more mainstream appeal, to do this, you are going to want the professionals acting w/ class and showing sportsmanship.
Some of the resentment focused towards me I am sure comes with me choosing not to be an ambassador to poker, I am sorry but I am not going to be that guy. Luckily for you guys there’s an abundance of players out there who I am sure can bring good attention to poker and cast it in a good light. Look at just about any of the pros playing SHRs, all great players and more importantly great people that are always treating others with respect. Look to the new main event champ, Martin Jacobson, unlike the last champ, he doesn’t have to go around saying he’s the best in the world after winning. He plays phenomenal poker and carries himself exceptionally well, so his peers are happy to do the talking for him. I think I can speak for any legitimate pro when I say that I want someone like Martin representing the game of poker to the casual fan over an obnoxious brat like Phil Hellmuth who I think makes a complete mockery out of the game with his antics. If you want poker to be taken seriously and seen as a sport, I think we should all be condemning PH for his conduct.