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Event #2: $30,000 No Limit Hold ’em 6-Handed of the 2022 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Cyprus was intriguing. The two-day event ended by crowning a champion in USA’s Ben Tollerene (cover image), who was playing his first live tournament after three years!
Tollerene’s heads-up match against Brazil’s Yuri Dzivelevski was a swingy one. Still, the American pro managed to come out on top to win his maiden Triton Poker title, along with an impressive $807,000 up top. Dzivelevski settled for a runner-up payday worth $749,073, following a heads-up deal.
Congratulations to the newcomer Ben Tollerene, winner of the #TritonCyprus2022 Event 2: USD 30K NLH 6-Handed, taking home USD 807,927 after a heads-up battle with @YuriNerdguy!@GGPoker @secretlabchairs #TritonPoker #poker pic.twitter.com/rrsmVbPZyf
— Triton Poker (@tritonpoker) September 7, 2022
According to Hendon Mob, Tollerene’s last live tournament score was in a £103K NLH event at the 2019 British Poker Open (BPO) that he won for £840,000. The 35-year-old was persuaded by his good friend Triton Ambassador Jason Koon to attend the series.
As soon as the tournament was over, Koon gave a shell-shocked Tollerene a huge hug, congratulating him on his triumphant comeback.
“I’m very tired,” Tollerene said in his winner’s interview. “I was sort of stressed because I haven’t played poker in a while, and I was struggling to remember everything.”
The second event of the series registered 123 entries (46 re-entries), generating a $3,690,000 prize pool. The top 17 places were paid.
The tournament played down to the money on Day 1, with Pieter Aerts falling out on the money bubble in 18th place.
Day 2 saw 17 players return to the felts. Triton co-founder Paul Phua was the first player to finish in the money, cashing $58,000 in 17th place.
Sam Greenwood (9th for $92,100), Jason Koon (12th for $75,000), and the 2022 WSOP Main Event champion Espen Jorstad (15th for $60,900) were some other notables who boarded the money bus.
Russia’s Viktor Kudinov fell in seventh place ($164,000), setting up the six-handed final table.
You can watch the replay of the final table live stream below.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
Ignacio Moron Chavero, who was making his Triton Poker debut, bowed out in sixth place when his ran into Yuri Dzivelevski’s . The latter spiked a ten on the flop, dispatching Chavero to the rail.
Next to go was two-time WSOP bracelet winner and poker coach Fedor Holz. The German pro’s were bested by Ben Tollerene’s that flopped a pair of Queens.
Despite starting the final table with the shortest stack, Alex Keating did well to get two pay jumps as he got knocked out by Dzivelevski in fourth place.
Stephen Chidwick was sent packing when what looked like a perfect moment to force through a bluff backfired. With the flop open , Chidwick jammed with . Dzivelevski called with Ace-high. The rest of the board bricked, ending Chidwick’s tournament run in third place.
The heads-up between Ben Tollerene and Yuri Dzivelevski began with the American player holding a slight edge. The duo quickly agreed to a deal with Tollerene locking in $777,927 and Dzivelevski $749,073. They left $30,000 and the trophy in play.
The chip lead changed hands a few times, but in the end, Tollerene emerged victorious.
On the last hand of the tournament, Tollerene limped in from the small blind with . Dzivelevski checked his option with . The flop , gave both players top pair. And as expected, fireworks started flying almost immediately as Tollerene bet, Dzivelevski raised, and Tollerene called. On the turn , Tollerene led out again, and Dzivelevski raised. Tollerene called to see the river card open the . Tollerene had the better two-pair and moved all in. Dzivelevski called only to receive the bad news.
Final Table Results (USD)
*denotes a heads-up deal
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