Ben Tollerene Wins Powerfest $25K Super High Roller For $846,7221 year ago
Ben ‘CowEyed’ Tollerene fought his way through a star-studded field including Viktor Blom, Fedor Holz and Sam Greenwood to emerge victorious in the $25K High Roller event in Party Poker’s Powerfest series, taking home $846,722 for his trouble.
The Texan high-stakes online specialist hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons last year when he tangled with Doug ‘WCGRider’ Polk over training ‘issues’, but on the table itself he has long been considered one of the very best, playing under the name ‘Ben86’ on PokerStars.
His Party Poker alter-ego waded through a field of 127 entries this week, all eyes on the $3,175,000 prizefund and the Powerfest Super High Roller title which two full days to determine, the 16 who survived to the 2nd day survivors soon being whittled down to an 8-man final table which was a who’s-who of the poker elite.
Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom, Fedor Holz, Sam 'DeanMalenko' Greenwood, and a quartet of anonymous high-stakes sharks stood between Tollerene and the top spot, Greenwood coming into the final table with a chip lead. It wasn’t to be the Toronto man’s day, however, several big hits seeing him hit the rail in 6th place, but not before he’d seen the winningest player of the last two years, Fedor Holz, go out before him in 7th.
Eventually it came down to a fascinating heads-up battle between Tollerene and Blom, who had apparently not been giving things his full attention!
The Swedish legend fought back from a 5:1 chip deficit at one point before he finally blew his own foot off with a huge river bluff, unaware that Tollerene had flopped trips and made a boat on the river.
Blom’s $529,272 as runner-up keeps him amongst the top earning stars of the online high-stakes world, but it was Tollerene who scooped the $846,772, the title and the glory.
Final table results and payouts
|1||Ben ‘CowEyed’ Tollerene||$846,772|
|2||Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom||$529,272|
|5||Sam ‘Dean Malenko’ Greenwood||$247,967|
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