The PokerStars Championship Panama $50,000 Super High Roller final table featured some of the brightest young minds in the game – Ben Tollerene, Justin Bonomo, Steve O’Dwyer and Timothy Adams playing for the first Panamanian SHR title. Tollerene brought a massive chip lead to the final table, knocked every opponent and cruised to a four-hour work day worth $538,715.
“I can’t really imagine a smoother final table than that,” Tollerene said in the moments after victory. “I can’t remember actually even losing a significant pot, which is pretty rare.”
“I can’t ask for more,” he continued to the PS blog. “I think I bust(ed) every single player. I got really good cards and a bunch of fortunate spots…There was a point where everyone else had 15 big blinds and I had 100. It allowed me to play loose and force the action.”
The first elimination came two hours in when short stack Adams moved in with ace queen and Tollerene found two black kings to eliminate him. The dynamics of the table left the other four players with stacks to shove with and Tollerene covering them all by a good margin.
Orpen Kisacikoglu was next out when Tollerene picked of his ace rag holding queen nine and paired the nine. O’Dwyer shoved with jack nine and Tollerene called with king six and held when the Irish-American didn’t improve.
Tollerene made a second pair on the river to eliminate Bonomo in third place with a bad beat. Bonomo held king jack on his final hand and he looked in good shape against jack six, but a six hit the river and Bonomo was eliminated.
Daniel Dvoress was the final player remaining against Tollerene, and his massive chip lead, but did double up once during heads-up play. But the writing was on the wall and the final hand saw the hopeful short stack shove with ace nine and Tollerene called with king five. A king spiked on the river, the pot went Tollerene’s way and he claimed his second high roller title of his career.
The next major event on the schedule is Day 1A of the single entry €5,300 PokerStars Championship Main Event Tuesday with cards in the air at 11 am local time. Players could play 1B on Wednesday, but there is a one day $25,500 Single Re-entry Shot Clock event running as well for high rollers needing action.
Final Table Payouts
1. Ben Tollerene – $538,715
2. Daniel Dvoress – $372,360
3. Justin Bonomo – $237,680
4. Steve O’Dwyer – $182,220
5. Orpen Kisacikoglu – $142,600
6. Timothy Adams – $110,920