Tollerene Ices Winter for SHRPO $50k High Roller Crown

Ben86 (Photo: SHRPO)

When the original schedule was laid out for this week's Seminole Hard Rock Rock 'n' Roll Poker Open, a $50k High Roller wasn't on it.

Thanks to the persuasiveness of some of the big poker guns who happened to be down in Florida for the event - or for Jason Mercier's wedding - a one-day $50k was added at the last minute.

Ben "Ben86" Tollerene is at least one player who's glad they did, as he won the title earlier tonight for $459,228.

Tollerene, who is one of the most feared online high-stakes pros under his Ben86 moniker, defeated Florida pro Sean Winter heads-up.

Winter, who has an intriguing offer on the table for any side bettors, collected $271,362 for second which put him 1/4 of the way to winning a bet he laid out last week (if he got any takers):

Jason Mercier 2
Lucky in love, not poker this weekend.

No Honeymoon for Mercier

Many of the usual suspects involved in poker's high rollers were of course in the action today including Isaac Haxton, Erik Seidel, Stephen Chidwick, Jason Koon and local hero Jason Mercier.

Mercier, in fact, had just finished tying the knot over the weekend with fiance and poker pro Natasha Barbour, which is one reason superstar pros like Daniel Negreanu, Liv Boeree and Mustapha Kanit were in town.

Unfortunately for Mercier, who was in for two bullets but did make the final table, just 4 players were paid and he wasn't one of them. He finished in sixth; good pal Kanit finished 7th.

Negreanu had a worse experience as he wasn't allowed to claim the money he wired to buy in and left without playing a hand.

The legendary Erik Seidel was the bubble boy in fifth while Koon (4th - $125,244) and Chidwick (3rd - $187,866) turned a profit.

Full Payouts for SHRPO 1-Day $50k High Roller:

1. Ben Tollerene $459,228
2. Sean Winter $271,362
3. Stephen Chidwick $187,866
4. Jason Koon $125,244

For a full rundown of the action, check the SHRPO blog here.

Record numbers have already been seen down in South Florida and the main event, which starts Friday, should smash its $2m Guarantee.

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