Ben Tollerene Wins WCOOP High Roller

Ben Tollerene Wins WCOOP High Roller

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The $51,000 buy-in Super High Roller event at the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) from PokerStars has been won by Ben Tollerene.

The American pro, who now lives in Canada, is a regular at the high stakes cash game tables online but took a break from the grind to ante-up and compete in PokerStars' landmark WCOOP event.

Sitting alongside the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier and Isaac Haxton, Tollerene was able to make it through the opening session with a healthy amount of chips before breaching the seventh-place bubble.

At the start of the final day it looked as though Mike McDonald would dominate the action but Tollerene gradually took control as the session wore on and the pressure increased.

After watching defending WCOOP main event champion Fedor Holz exit in sixth, Tollerene sat back as McDonald and 'Nopaleva' followed suit before contemplating a deal.

During a series of tense discussions with Nikita Bodyakovskiy and Jose Angel Latorre, Tollerene agreed to an ICM split of the money, which meant he locked up $596,518 as the overall leader.

With negotiations complete and $20,000 left to play for, Tollerene began to crank up the pressure and by the time Bodyakovskiy hit the rail in third he was able to carry the chip lead into the finale.

It then took just five minutes for the final showdown between Tollerene and Latorre to come to an end after the former's 8h 7h was able to bink a straight to defeat the latter's pocket nines.

With that the biggest tournament ever held on PokerStars was brought to a close and Tollerene was left standing as the latest WCOOP champion.

WCOOP $51,000 Super High Roller Result:

1. Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene - $616,518

2. Jose 'Cejakas14' Angel Latorre - $560,412

3. Nikita 'fish2013' Bodyakovskiy - $594,069

4. 'Nopaleva' - $230,000

5. Mike 'Timex' McDonald - $172,500

6. Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz - $126,500

Tags: World Championship Of Online Poker, Ben Tollerene, PokerStars, WCOOP, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Isaac Haxton, Mike McDonald, Fedor Holz, Nikita Bodyakovskiy, Jose Angel Latorre