Ben Tollerene wins Poker Open $10,000 NLHE event
Spectators love a good edge-of-the-seat finale in any sport where the win comes down to the wire. Ben Tollerene gave poker fans what they wanted at the US Poker Open, climbing his way to the top of the $10,000 NLHE event after seeing his stack reduced to only five big blinds. He topped an event that received 67 entries and took home $187,000 for his first-place finish.
Despite a rocky start in the event, the 30-year-old Tollerene ended up making it to the final table with the third largest chip count. A few bad hands saw his stack drop down to less than five big blinds before he was able to climb back up with with a monster win and a few bluffs. The cards continued to fall in his favor, leading to the eventual heads-up action against Jake Schindler.
Each player was sitting on stacks of more than 40 big blinds as they began the final duel. Tollerene's previous good fortune with the cards disappeared, and Schindler began to dominate the showdown, eventually earning a 2-1 chip lead. However, the tables turned and Tollerene picked up several monster wins, including a trips-over-trips double, to put Schindler in trouble. Tollerene's pocket rockets in the last hand sealed the deal, giving him the win.