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Ben Tollerene Wins 2017 PokerStars Championship Panama $50,000 Super High Roller

Poker Pro Tops Field of 33 To Win $538,715


Ben Tollerene has won the inaugural PokerStars Championship Panama $50,000 super high roller no-limit hold’em event, defeating a field of 33 total entries to capture the title and the first-place prize of $538,715.

The high-stakes poker pro, known as “Bttech86” online, came into the final table as the chip leader with 2.9 mi1lion of the roughly 8 million chips in play. Joining him in the final six were the expected murderer’s row of high-stakes superstars: Steve O’Dwyer, Daniel Dvoress, Justin Bonomo and Timothy Adams.

Coming into the final day the remaining players were all guaranteed a minimum payday $110,920. That amount went to Adams, who was the first player to hit the rail. Adams was eliminated by Tollerene, who went on to score each and every knockout at the final table en route to securing the title. As his stack grew his aggression increased, and he managed to win enough of the key showdowns to steamroll the competition and take home the trophy in a run-away victory.

For example, on the hand following O’Dwyer’s exit in fourth place ($182,220), Tollerene shoved from the button into the blinds of Bonomo and Dvoress, who had around 8 and 15 big blinds, respectively. Bonomo called from the small blind with the KHeart SuitJDiamond Suit and was way ahead of Tollerene’s JHeart Suit6Spade Suit. He maintained his lead until the river, where the 6Diamond Suit paired Tollerene to earn him the pot and the knockout. Bonomo finished third for $237,680. This was his fourth final table of the year and the 340 Card Player Player of the Year points he earned were enough to see him climb into 20th place in the overall standings, which are presented in 2017 by Commerce Hotel & Casino.

Heads-up play began with Tollerene holding more than a 9-to-1 chip advantage over Dvoress. Dvoress was able to hang around for a bit and even found a double up, but Tollerene just kept up the pressure and was eventually able to seal the deal. On the final hand Dvoress moved all-in from the button for around 7 big blinds and Tollerene called with the KSpade Suit5Heart Suit. He was behind Dvoress’ AClub Suit9Spade Suit, but was able to again spike the river on a JSpade SuitJHeart Suit2Heart Suit2Diamond SuitKHeart Suit runout. With his rivered pair he secured the pot and the title, sending Dvoress to the rail with $372,360 for his runner-up finish.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Ben Tollerene $538,715 510
2 Daniel Dvoress $372,360 425
3 Justin Bonomo $237,680 340
4 Steve O’Dwyer $182,220 255
5 Orpen Kisacikoglu $142,600 213
6 Timothy Adams $110,920 170