Ben Tollerene, who plays under the moniker of Ben86 at PokerStars, has become the champion of the $51,000 buy-in Super High Roller NL Hold’em Tournament, this year’s brand new addition to PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). Tollerene took home the breathtakingly enormous first-place prize of $616,518.34.
The super high roller event attracted a field of 46 players, who generated a prize pool of $2.3 million. This prize pool was distributed among the six finalists of the event. The bubble boy was David Peters, who had an Ace of Spades and a King of Spades that proved to be no match for Nikita Bodyakovskiy’s Ace of Clubs and Queen of Diamonds.
This year, Peters had finished in the fifth position and won $1,505,000 in the $500k buy-in Super High Roller Bowl and also won the €10,300 buy-in high roller tournament for $651,895 at the Malta leg of the European Poker Tour (EPT).
The first players to finish in the cash were Mike McDonald and Fedor Holz. They finished fifth and sixth, winning $172,500 and $126,500, respectively. The player who finished fourth was Nopaleva, a Russian player, who got to take home a prize of $230,000. The three players who were left in the game decided to strike a deal, according to the terms of which they would split the pot, leaving only the championship title and an extra $20,000 to play for. According to this deal, Ben Tollerene would get a guaranteed $596,518.34, Nikita Bodyakovskiy would get a guaranteed $594,069.53, and Jose Angel Latorre would get a guaranteed $560,412.13.
Even after Bodyakovskiy was eliminated in the third position, Tollerene managed to hang on to his chip lead. He held 665,280 chips to Latorre’s 484,720. The final hand was played just a few minutes after the heads-up match began.
When the blinds were at 3,000/6,000, Latorre raised to 13,500 while Tollerene rounded it up to 42,000. The flop revealed a 10 of Diamonds, a Nine of Diamonds, and a Seven of Clubs. Tollerene responded with a call and the turn showed up with a Jack of Diamonds. When both players had checked, a Six of Clubs landed on the board. This encouraged Tollerene to bet all in and Latorre responded with a call. Tollerene ended up creating a straight and won the championship title and the pot.
The players who finished fourth, fifth, and sixth were Nopaleva ($230,000), Mike McDonald ($172,500), and Fedor Holz ($126,500).