Ben Tollerene wins British Poker Open Main Event

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The first-ever British Poker Open is in the books after Ben Tollerene captured the final event of the 10-tournament series.

Playing at the Aspers Casino in London. Tollerene was the last man standing in the £100,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament that only drew a 12-player field. With such a rich buy-in it still amounted to a hefty £1.2 million prize pool which was split among the top two finishers.

For Tollerene his portion was a bank-breaking £840,000, or roughly $1,037,159 US. Also getting paid for the runner-up position was Cary Katz. He had to settle for only £360,000, or approximately $444,000 US.

Katz began the final day of the tournament with the chip lead, but by the time they had reached heads-up play Tollerene was well ahead. At the outset of heads-up play Tollerene had a 10-to-1 chip lead on his opponent.

Katz didn’t make it easy for him though, as he whittled the lead down to 2-to-1 at one point before Tollerene took over.

On the final hand of the tournament Katz looked to be in good position with Ace-Six against Tollerene’s Jack-Ten suited, but it turned out to be Tollerene’s day as he hit a straight on the river to end it.

A quick review of the rest of the British Poker Open results shows that Sam Soverel was one of the more successful players during the series. The American Poker pro won a pair of tournaments in London and cashed in three others.

His two wins in a pair of £25,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournaments earned him just under £550,000. His total winnings at the British Poker Open came to £788,700, or approximately $966,000 US.

Anyone who took part in the British Poker Open doesn’t have to go anywhere if they still have some bankroll left for another high roller series.  The Super High Roller Bowl London kicks off at the Aspers Casino on Friday.

The £250,000 high roller tournament is capped at 49 players and will run for three days, awarding a huge seven figure cash to the winner on Sunday, September 15.

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