Ben Tollerene Closes Out British Poker Open With £840,000 Victory

Ben Tollerene grabbed the final, and biggest, title of the 2019 British Poker Open, scooping the £100k tournament for an £840,000 payday after defeating Cary Katz heads-up…

By: Andrew Burnett

Another small field set out on day one of play at London’s Aspers Casino, eleven players and one re-entry setting a prizefund of £1.2 million, only the top two among the star-studded field making the money.

Sam Soverel, who had already tied up the overall leaderboard win, skipped this one and his closest rival, Canada’s Sam Greenwood, was first to bust.

Charlie Carrel was another one to skip the £100k, the young Englishman not feeling well and unfortunately having to miss the Super High Roller London that kicks off today with a £250k buy-in.

There were still more than enough top-level players to make the £100k an attractive poker spectacle, however, with Chidwick, Peters and winner of the £50k event, Mikita Badziakouski, all in action.

That trio would all fall short of the money, though, the Belarus Beast bubbling the paid spots as he ran into Tollerene…

Tollerene: K♥ 2♥
Badziakouski: 8♥ 6♥
Flop: Ks 5♥ 9♦

Top pair against the gutshot and backdoor flush draws saw Tolleren’s bet called…

Turn: 4♥

…and Badziakouski shoved all-in in response to Tollerene’s bet, only to find he was drawing to just 4 outs, the 7♥ also counting as he would make the straight flush. It wasn’t to be for the Belarus partypoker pro though…

River: 9♠

…the river bricking and leaving Tollerene to play heads-up against Cary Katz for the title.

That proved to be a long and swingy affair, Katz fighting back well from being very short-stacked, but two flips in a row went against him, the following river card finishing him off…

♠ ♣ ♥ ♦

Tollerene: J♠ 10♠
Katz: A♣ 6♥
Board: 9♠ 6♣ Q♥ Q♦ 8♠

Tollerene told reporters after his huge win: “Everything kind of worked out. I got a lot of bluffs through. The heads up was going great and then, you know, it’s so swingy when it’s that shallow. It shifted back and then I was able to win two flips in a row and I won.”

Final Table Results:

1 Ben Tollerene £840,000
2 Cary Katz £360,000



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