Kenney Bubbles, Tollerene Leads in PokerStars Championship Panama $50K


After running white-hot in the high roller events at PokerStars Championship Bahamas, Bryn Kenney got hit with the flip side of the variance coin at PokerStars Championship Panama $50,000 Super High Roller.

After an extended stalemate on the money bubble with seven players left in the event, Kenney was eliminated when he jammed his remaining 325,000 in the small blind at Level 15 (12,000/24,000/4,000), and Daniel Dvoress woke up with ace-nine of diamonds. Kenney found his own diamonds were no good, but he had live cards to pair with a king and an eight. Neither player found an ounce of improvement when the community cards hit the felt, and Kenney patted the table while the other players reached for their bags.

Still, not many will likely weep for Kenney since he comes off those January scores totaling over $1.7 million in The Bahamas.

The heaviest bag by far for Monday’s Day 3 belongs to American nosebleed cash legend Ben Tollerene. Tollerene has made his presence felt more often in the high roller circuit the past couple of years as some of the highest-stakes online action has dried up, and he’s seeking his second win in the past four months in a $50K event after winning one in Florida last November.

Tollerene finished with more than 100 big blinds as he bagged 2,914,000 with blinds still holding for about 15 more minutes at 12,000/24,000/4,000. Trailing him will be Orpen Kisacikoglu (1,689,000), Steve O’Dwyer (1,359,000), Dvoress (1,308,000), Justin Bonomo (756,000) and Timothy Adams (225,000).

Dario Sammartino, Daniel Colman and Paul Newey were the other players making the final 10 but falling short of the money. Colman missed out on a chance to narrow the gap in what’s becoming a very interesting race for the all-time record in tournament cashes when he ran deuces into Dvoress’ nines for a little under 20 big blinds after jamming on the button.

A few last-minute entries — registration closed at the start of Day 2 play — pushed the total for the event to 33, of which six were reentries. The final prize pool for the event came to $1,584,495, with $538,715 earmarked for the winner. Here’s how the remaining field will sit when they play out the event starting at noon local time on Monday, with the 30-second clock still active on all decisions:

Seat Player Home Country Stack
1 Daniel Dvoress Canada 1,308,000
2 Timothy Adams Canada 225,000
3 Ben Tollerene USA 2,914,000
4 Orpen Kiscikoglu Turkey 1,689,000
5 Justin Bonomo USA 756,000
6 Steve O’Dwyer Ireland 1,359,000

For live updates of the event when it resumes, head on over to the PokerStars blog.