Ben Tollerene Wins PokerStars WCOOP Super Hi-Roller

Ben “Ben86” Tollerene took down the PokerStars WCOOP Super Hi-Roller for $616,518 after a three-way deal brought the event to a quick conclusion.

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PokerStars WCOOPBen “Ben86” Tollerene took down the PokerStars WCOOP Super Hi-Roller for $616,518 after a three-way deal brought the event to a quick conclusion.

There were some massive swings of fortune at the final table of the WCOOP Super Hi-Roller yesterday, and some incredible stories to come out of the event. The winner, Ben “Ben86” Tollerene is an accomplished high stakes HUSNG player who is rarely seen away from the virtual felt after moving to Toronto in 2011 following the events of Black Friday.

Tollerene went into the final table fourth in chips after eliminating another poker refugee – Andres “Educa-p0ker” Artiñano – 9♣ 9 > 10♣ 10 (flop was 9♠ 6 6♣!), but whereas some players used up all their luck to reach the final table, Tollerene´s good fortune continued right up until the very last hand of the tournament.

How the Super Hi-Roller Final Table Played Out

When play resumed in the two-day event last night, the clock was set back to the beginning of Level 15 (blinds 1,000/2,000 – ante 250) with the chip counts as follow:

Player Chips
Mike “Timex” McDonald 237,712
Jose Angel “Cejakas14” Latorre 214,540
David “dpeters17” Peters 195,294
Ben “Ben86” Tollerene 193,912
Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz 145,222
Mikita “fish2013” Badziakouski 69,783
“Nopaleva” 53,427
Andrew “cuffme” Moseley 40,110

Mike “Timex” McDonald started with a healthy chip advantage over Jose Angel “Cejakas14” Latorre, but having leaked a lot of chips during the early exchanges, Tollerene took the early chip lead when eliminating the short-stacked Andrew Moseley in eighth place J J♣ > 9♠ 9♣.

Tollerene extended his lead when rivering an Ace high Flush against Fedor Holz´s missed open-ended straight, and the FFP qualifier “Nopaleva” did his prospects of cashing in the event no harm when doubling up against David Peters K K > A Q.

Peters´ loss was critical to his tournament life, and he was the Super Hi-Roller bubble boy just a few hands later when getting all-in with A♠ K♠ against Mikita Badziakouski´s A♣ Q, and although hitting a King on the flop and another on the River, Peters was bust in seventh place to Badziakouski´s rivered Ace-high flush.

Peters´ elimination was a cruel blow for the American – who also bubbled the $10,000 buy-in Hi-Rollers event the weekend before last – but it was a springboard for the Belarusian, who went on to river a pair of Sevens to eliminate Fedor Holz in sixth place A 7♣ > 5♣ 5♠.

A fantastic call by Jose Angel Latorre following Mike McDonald´s shove on the board of 7♠ 4♣ J / 2♠ / K♣ saw McDonald bust in fifth place A J > Q J♠, and the fairy tale ride of the FPP qualifier “Nopaleva” came to end soon after – when he shoved his last ten big blinds with 10♠ 6♠ and Ben Tollerene paired an Ace on the Flop and then avoided a fifth Spade on the River.

The remaining three players agreed an ICM deal with $20,000 left for the winner, after which the action concluded pretty quickly. Ben Tollerene´s good fortune continued when rivering a nine-hi flush to best Latorre´s top pair, top kicker; and he then crippled Badziakouski (8♣ 7♣ > K♣ Q♣) when hitting two pairs of the flop against Badziakouski´s flopped pair of Queens.

The battle of the short-stacks was won by Latorre (A J > 6 6♣) when he flopped trip Aces to send Badziakouski to the rail in third, and the final hand typified the way in which the cards were falling for Ben Tollerene last night:

  • Latorre (9 9♠) had opened up the pre-flop betting by raising to 13,500 chips (blinds were now 3,000/6,000 with a 750 chip ante). Tollerene (8 7) responded by raising to 42,000 chips, which Latorre called.
  • The flop of 9♣ 10 7♣ gave Latorre a set of Nines, and he bet out 42,000. Tollerene, who was sitting on an open-ended straight made the call, and both players checked the J on the Turn (which completed Tollerene´s straight)
  • The 6♠ on the River changed nothing, and Ben Tollerene moved all-in. Jose Angel Latorre made the call, but his set of Nines was not good enough and he was bust from the Super Hi-Roller event in second place – giving the title and the bracelet to Ben “Ben86” Tollerene.

WCOOP Super Hi-Roller Result

Player Prize
Ben “Ben86” Tollerene $616,518
Jose Angel “Cejakas14” Latorre $560,412
Mikita “fish2013” Badziakouski $594,069
Nopaleva $230,000
Mike “Timex” McDonald $172,500
Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz $126,500