WSOP 2018

Ben "Ben86" Tollerene Wins Online Poker's Largest Buy-In Tournament

Ben Tollerene
  • Ben Tollerene wins online poker's biggest-ever buy-in tournament

  • The man known as "Ben86" scoops $616,518.34 after a three way deal

  • David Peters was the unfortunate bubble boy

There's been plenty to talk about in the online poker world lately with the 2015 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) in full effect, but Monday afternoon held a special place amongst all the happenings.

The $51,000 Super High Roller event resumed play at 12:30 p.m. ET with the final eight players returning to battle through the bubble and onward to the $851,000 top prize. When it was all said and done, Ben "Ben86" Tollerene was awarded the title following a three-way deal with Jose "Cejakas14" Angel Latorre and Nikita "fish2013" Bodyakovskiy. For the victory, Tollerene scored $616,518.34. Angel Latorre officially finished in second place for $560,412.13, and Bodyakovskiy took third for $594,069.53.

According to, Tollerene now boasts over $2 million in online tournament earnings.

1Ben "Ben86" TollereneCanada$616,518.34*
2Jose "Cejakas14" Angel LatorreUnited Kingdom$560,412.13*
3Nikita "fish2013" BodyakovskiyBelarus$594,069.53*
5Mike "Tîmex" McDonaldCanada$172,500
6Fedor "CrownUpGuy" HolzAustria$126,500

*Denotes a three-way deal.

Mike "Tîmex" McDonald entered Day 2 of the event as the chip leader, after almost opting to skip the event entirely, and he finished in fifth place for $172,500.

The other two in-the-money finishers were Russia's "Nopaleva" in fourth place for $230,000, and Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz in sixth place for $126,500.

With eight players returning and only six cashing, that meant two had to go home empty handed. Those two were the United Kingdom's "cuffme," who busted eighth, and David "dpeters17" Peters, who finished in seventh place and earned the unwanted title of the event's official "bubble boy."

The event attracted 46 entries and generated a prize pool of $2.3 million. A handful of notables eliminated on Day 1 were Nick "caecilius" Petrangelo, Daniel "mrGR33N13" Colman, Thomas "WushuTM" Muehloecker, Jason "JasonMercier" Mercier, Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu, Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich, and Doug "WCGRider" Polk.

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