Ben Tollerene Triumphs in Most Expensive Online MTT Ever

September 22nd, 2015 | by Brian Corlisse
Ben Tollerene takes down the most expensive online poker tournament in history and wins $616,518. (Image: card

Ben Tollerene takes down the most expensive online poker tournament in history and wins $616,518.
(Image: card

The most expensive online poker tournament, PokerStars, came to a conclusion this week and when the betting was over it was Ben Tollerene standing victorious.

A week before its $10 million World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) gets underway, PokerStars hosted a super-high-stakes showdown that was as much of a spectacle for the rail as it was the players.

Costing a bankroll busting $51,000 to enter, WCOOP Event #47 attracted a veritable “who’s who” of the poker world on its opening day.

From live stalwarts, such as Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier to online grinders such as the aforementioned Tollerene and defending WCOOP Main Event champion, Fedor Holz, the tournament was a glittering affair.

McDonald Can’t Maintain Lead

However, after the opening day saw the 46 runners whittled down to just eight, it was Mike McDonald who led the way. Holding just enough chips to lead the UK’s ‘Cekajas14’, McDonald looked like the man to beat on Monday.

As the final eight battled for one of the six prize money places, it was Tollerene who took control.

The American pro, who now lives in Canada, is traditionally a high stakes cash game player; although, he took a break from the grind to ante-up $51,000 and compete in PokerStars’ landmark WCOOP event.

After watching Canada’s ‘dpeters17’ miss out on a payday in seventh, then WCOOP expert Fedor Holz exit in sixth, Tollerene began to make some moves. Conspiring to oust the former chip leader McDonald before pushing ‘Nopaleva’ to the rail, Tollerene was then willing to discuss a deal with his final two opponents.

ICM Deal Saves the Day

With Nikita Bodyakovskiy, Jose Angel Latorre and Tollerene unwilling to give up any equity, the trio eventually agreed to look at the ICM numbers, and once they were read out all agreed to a deal. That split left Tollerene with at least $596,518 and $20,000 left to play for.

Now financially secure, Tollerene began to push the pace and by the time Bodyakovskiy hit the rail in third, he was able to carry the chip lead into the finale.

Within five minutes, it was all over after Tollerene’s 8h 7h was able to hit a straight to defeat the Latorre’s pocket nines. After the final pot was pushed Tollerene’s way, the most expensive MTT ever held online was brought to a close and the young American was crowned the latest WCOOP champion.

WCOOP $51,000 Super High Roller Result

1. Ben “Ben86” Tollerene – $616,518.34*

2. Jose “Cejakas14” Angel Latorre – $560,412.13*

3. Nikita “fish2013” Bodyakovskiy – $594,069.53*

4. “Nopaleva” – $230,000

5. Mike “Tîmex” McDonald – $172,500

6. Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz – $126,500


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