The first-ever PokerStars Championship in Panama is off to a hot start with high-stakes pro Ben “Ben86” Tollerene taking the chip lead in the $50k High Roller final table.
Tollerene leads a stacked six-player final table that also includes Steve O’Dwyer, Justin Bonomo, Timothy Adams, Daniel Dvoress and Orpen Kisacikoglu.
Everyone is chasing Tollerene who accumulated 2.9 million chips. Turkish pro Kisacikoglu is second with 1.6 million. First place in the event will pay out $538k thanks to the 33 entries.
Action in the event will resume at 12 p.m. local time today. Here’s a look at the chip counts:
1. Ben Tollerne - 2,914,000
2. Orpen Kisacikoglu - 1,689,000
3. Steve O’Dwyer - 1,369,000
4. Daniel Dvoress - 1,308,000
5. Justin Bonomo - 756,000
6. Timothy Adams - 225,000
National Championship Buzzing with 800+ Entries
The $50k High Roller isn’t the only talk in town as the $1,100 buy-in Panama National Championship is also underway with four starting flights in the books.
The National Championship carried a sizable guarantee of $400,000 but the tournament easily surpassed that in the first two flights alone and now stands at 843 entries for an estimated prize pool of well over $800k.
Uri Riechenstein (300,600), Dzmitry Urbanovich (269,600) and Ben Heath (264,000) are amongst the early chip leaders.
Day 2 of the National Championship will kick off at noon local time today at the Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino.
Everything is leading up to the $5,300 buy-in PSC Panama Main Event, which will begin on March 14 and run through March 20.