Ben Tollerene outlasted last night the field of the inaugural PokerStars Championship Panama $50,000 Super High Roller for another poker title and $538,715 in prize money. The player dominated the six-handed final table from beginning until the very end, mercilessly eliminating all five other finalists left.
The Super High Roller tournament attracted 33 entries to generate $1,584,495 in prize money. The prize pool was split among the six finalists, with a minimum payout totaling $110,920.
The six-handed final table kicked off with Tollerene holding a considerable chip lead over his remaining opponents. And the player did not let go of his advantage throughout play. Gaining greater momentum with every hand passing, Tollerene was unreachable and unstoppable. Commenting on Monday’s game, the poker pro said that he had had some really good hands and had been in very good spots which had helped him scoop the title, eventually.
And although Tollerene made winning a $50,000 buy-in event look like a child’s play, his journey to victory was by no means easy. The eventual winner fought against some of the world’s best, players who have won multiple, even higher buy-in, high roller events or have at least cashed in multiple such events.
Canada’s Daniel Dvoress was Tollerene’s final opponent in the Panama Super High Roller. Dvoress has been a constant presence on the international poker scene over the past several years. Although the player has not won a live tournament so far, he has taken part and has cashed in some major events, collecting more than $3.2 million in live tournament winnings.
Dvoress was very close to finally winning his first-ever title but apparently this was not meant to happen last night. Despite putting up some resistance, the player could not hold up against Tollerene. The latter won most of the pots throughout two-handed play to finish off his final opponent and scoop the PokerStars-engraved trophy. Dvoress collected $372,360 for his runner-up finish.
As mentioned above, Tollerene is no stranger to high roller poker action. The player has participated in quite a few such events and has cashed in many of them. In January, he finished 6th in the inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas $50,000 High Roller for a payout of $205,400. Late last year, the player won the 2016 Rock N Roll Poker Open $50,000 High Roller for $459,228 in prize money. And he finished runner-up to German poker pro Fabian Quoss in the 2016 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge for A$924,140 ($646,962), his career’s largest cash.
Tollerene has over the years demonstrated proficiency on the online poker scene, as well. In 2015, the player topped a field of 46 players to grab the WCOOP $51,000 Super High Roller title, emerging victorious over the likes of Fedor Holz and Mike McDonald, among many others.