PokerStars Championship Panama: $50K Super High Roller updates


4:28pm: Ben Tollerene wins $50K Super High Roller ($538,715); Daniel Dvoress runner-up ($372,360)
Level 19 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Ben Tollerene got a walk, shoved the next hand and Daniel Dvoress folded, then on the next one Dvoress checked his cards, sat quietly for a moment, then set his stack of 440,000 forward as an all-in raise.

Tollerene looked at his cards and after taking just a moment, set forward chips to call.

Dvoress: A♣9♠
Tollerene: K♠5♥

Dvoress was in front, and after the J♠J♥2♥ flop and 2♦ turn he still had the best hand. Then the dealer burned a card and turned over fifth street -- the K♥!

Not unlike Justin Bonomo's knockout in third place, the river gave the hand to Tollerene, earning him the final pot and the title. After battling gamely with a super short stack for more than half an hour, Dvoress has to settle for second. We will have a full recap in a matter of minutes. --MH

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4:23pm: Dvoress drops below 10 big blinds again
Level 19 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Another small pot has gone the way of Ben Tollerene, but why a pot which earned him just 3.5 big blinds might seem small it represented about 25% of Daniel Dvoress's stack.

The hand, like most in this heads-up battle was a limped affair. The two players saw a monotone T♦6♦J♦ flop and Tollerene check-called a bet of 60,000. The 8♦ checked through and the T♥ landed on the river.

Tollerene led for 90,000 and although Dvoress didn't seem to like it, he called anyway. Tollerene showed 9♦6♠ and it was good as Dvoress mucked. After that hand Dvoress has just 540,000 left. --NW

4:18pm: 10-to-1 lead (still) for Tollerene
Level 19 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Ben Tollerene won three straight hands -- raising and taking twice, and getting one walk. Then Daniel Dvoress pushed all in and earned a fold.

After that Tollerene limped in from the button, Dvoress checked, and the pair subsequently checked down a board that came 2♣6♠5♠, then 8♥, then 7♥. Dvoress tabled J♦J♠ and Tollerene mucked, giving Dvoress the tiny pot.

It's still Tollerene way in front with 7.5 million to Dvoress's 750,000. --MH

4:10pm: Tollerne calls, collects
Level 19 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Thanks to a fine river call the momentum has swung back towards Ben Tollerne and they're back to where they were when Daniel Dvoress doubled up.

The hand that took the heads-up players there began with a limp from Dvoress and a check from Tollerene. On the 2♠K♠4♠ flop Tollerene check-called a bet of 60,000 and the 7♥ landed on the turn. This street checked through and the 4♦ completed the board. Again Tollerene checked and this time Dvoress did bet. In fact, he overbet the pot, firing out a bet o of 350,000.

It took Tollerene most of his 30 second allowance to reach a decision but he arrived at a call and showed A♠2♣ which was ahead of Dvoress's 5♥3♠.

After that hand Dvoress is down to 750,000 while Tollerene is back up to 7,500,000. --NW

4:02pm: Small stuff
Level 19 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Ben Tollerene won one small hand, raising the minimum before the flop and taking the pot with a continuation bet.

Then Daniel Dvoress won the next three hands, all small pots. He pushed all in on the first one and Tollerene folded. Dvoress got a walk on the next one, then on the third won a limped pot with a min-bet on the flop.

Dvoress is still at about 1.3 million, with Tollerene also still just under 7 million. --MH

4:00pm: The Dvoress comeback continues
Level 19 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

After securing that crucial double up (see below) Daniel Dvoress has continued to close the gap on Ben Tollerene, as he won the next three pots too. The most interesting was the last of the three with Dvoress limping from the button and then calling after Tollerene had raised to 210,000.

On the 3♥8♣6♦ flop Tollerne c-bet 150,000 only for Dvoress to check-raise all-in for around 800,000 total. Tollerene released his hand and Dvoress is now up to around 1,370,000, while Tollerene has slipped to 6,880,000. --NW

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3:51pm: Dvoress finds a double
Level 19 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Ben Tollerene open-jammed and Daniel Dvoress called, with Tollerene showing J♥2♥ and Dvoress K♦9♦.

The board came 4♣Q♥8♣8♦5♦, and Dvoress doubles back close to 1 million while Tollerene is still way in front with about 7.3 million. --MH

3:51pm: No breaks!
Level 19 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Ben Tollerene and Daniel Dvoress were scheduled to go on a break just now, but with the chips as they are, both players elected to skip the break for now.

3:50pm: Tollerene plays it serene with queens
Level 18 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

Ben Tollerene and Daniel Dvoress took turns open-pushing and watching the other fold. Then the final hand of the level began with Tollerene limping in, Dvoress checking, and the flop coming 5♠Q♦9♦.

Both checked, and both checked again after the 5♣ turn. The river was the 7♦, and this time Tollerene bet 75,000. Dvoress thought about 20 seconds before calling.

Tollerene turned over Q♠Q♣ for queens full of fives, and Dvoress mucked.

Heading into the next level, Tollerene has almost 7.8 million while Dvoress is down to 455,000. --MH

3:45pm: Dvoress down to 10 big blinds
Level 18 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

It's been small pot poker for the first half-dozen hands of heads-up play but Ben Tollerene has won five of the six pots. The stack of Daniel Dvoress is slowly getting eroded and he has just 525,000 left at this point. --NW

3:35pm: Heads-up chip counts
Level 18 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

Ben Tollerene has a huge lead over Daniel Dvoress to begin heads-up play:

Tollerene -- 7,460,000
Dvoress -- 790,000

There are a little less than 15 minutes to go in the level. --MH

3:33pm: Justin Bonomo eliminated in third place ($237,680)
Level 18 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

In the hand following Steve O'Dwyer's knockout in fourth, Ben Tollerene open-raised all in from the small blind and Justin Bonomo folded the big blind. Then Tollerene open-shoved once more from the button, and this time Bonomo thought about 10 seconds before calling from the small blind.

Daniel Dvoress asked Bonomo how much his push was for. "Exactly 400," said Bonomo, indicating his call for 400,000. Dvoress then folded, and the other two showed their hands.

Bonomo: K♥J♦
Tollerene: J♥6♠

Bonomo had the advantage to start, and his edge increased further after the 9♠2♥4♠ flop and 8♦ turn. But the river brought the 6♦ and a wince from Bonomo, pairing Tollerene and sending Bonomo railward in third. --MH

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Justin Bonomo--Third place ($237,680)

3:30pm: Steve O'Dwyer departs in fourth place ($182,220)
Level 17 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

Steve O'Dwyer is out. Have a guess who eliminated him.

O'Dwyer was on the button, second to act, and after Justin Bonomo folded, O'Dwyer jammed for 395,000. Daniel Dvoress quickly folded, but Ben Tollerene (spoiler: it was him) thought for a couple of beats and called.

Tollerene: K♣6♣
O'Dwyer: J♣9♥

The board ran A♥T♣7♠K♠J♦ and that was the end of Steve O'Dwyer. -- HS

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Steve O'Dwyer--Fourth place ($182,220)

3:26pm: Dvoress doubles
Level 18 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

Another all-in and call to report and very nearly another elimination. Daniel Dvoress shoved all-in for 460,000 and, after getting a count, Justin Bonomo called. The latter held Q♣J♣ and was behind to the A♦9♦ of Dvoress.

The 2♥J♦8♥ flop vaulted Bonomo into the lead though, the T♣ turn gave Dvoress additional outs and he hit one of them on the 7♥ river as he made a straight. He's up to 940,000 while Bonomo drops to 480,000. --NW

3:24pm: Orpen Kisacikoglu eliminated in fifth place ($142,600)
Level 18 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

It folded around to Ben Tollerene in the small blind who checked his cards, then set out a stack of white 100,000 chips, raise worth more than the 400,000 or so Orpen Kisacikoglu had behind. Kisacikoglu thought a moment, then put his remaining stack forward to call.

Tollerene: Q♥9♦
Kisacikoglu: A♣2♦

The T♠3♠9♠ flop hit the chip leader's hand, prompting Kisacikoglu to rise from his chair. Neither J♣ turn and 5♦ river helped Kisacikoglu, and he's out in fifth, earning a career-high cash.

Tollerene is now right at 6 million, which is more than two-thirds of the chips in play with four players left. --MH

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Orpen Kisacikoglu -- Fifth place ($142,600)

3:20pm: One move, four movers
Level 17 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

There's really only one move available to any of the players right now: it's all-in or fold for all of them. It happened five hands in a row.

1 - Daniel Dvoress moved all-in, for 395,000 from the small blind, and Ben Tollerene folded the big blind.
2 - Steve O'Dwyer moved all-in from the cutoff, for around 550,000. Everyone folded.
3 - Dvoress again shoved. Everyone folded.
4 - Tollerene shoved. Everyone folded.
5 - Justin Bonomo shoved. Everyone folded. --HS

3:15pm: How much can you Tollerene?
Level 18 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

Here's another five-handed orbit report for you, one concluding with more pressure from the big chip leader, Ben Tollerene.

First Justin Bonomo shoved, and all folded. Then Daniel Dvoress shoved, and the others did the same.

Next Tollerene raised to 100,000 from the button, and Bonomo called from the big blind. The flop came 6♣Q♥2♣, and Bonomo check-folded to a Tollerene c-bet.

Tollerene then continued the aggression, open-shoving the next two hands in a row and earning folds again from everyone else. --MH

3:12pm: Dvoress enters the danger zone
Level 18 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

Daniel Dvoress is down to just 395,000 after losing a pot to runaway chip leader Ben Tollerene. The latter opened to 100,000 from under the gun and Dvoress called from the big blind. On the 3♥3♣2♠ flop Tollerene continued for 60,000, Dvoress check-raised to 175,000 total and Tollerene smooth called.

Both players then checked the A♣ turn and 6♥ river and Tollerene's A♥8♠ bested the K♦2♦ of Dvoress at showdown. --NW

3:01pm: Tollerene shoves, O'Dwyer folds
Level 18 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

The last orbit saw a couple of walks -- big stack Ben Tollerene got one, and short stack Steve O'Dwyer another, Justin Bonomo win a raise-and-take hand, then Daniel Dvoress shove from the button and win the blinds and antes. Then in the last hand of the orbit O'Dwyer opened then had to fold after a Tollerene reraise-shove from the button.

Tollerene remains well in front with more than 4.2 million, while Dvoress (695,000) and O'Dwyer (550,000) are shortest at the moment. --MH

2:55pm: Shove happy
Level 18 - Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

The blinds ticked up about 10 minutes ago and the new level started in the same vein as the previous one ended, with lots of shoves.

First Justin Bonomo chanced his arm, he got it through with not even a whiff of a call. Next it was Steve O'Dwyer's turn. He shoved from the small blind for 730,000 and Daniel Dvoress requested a count. He mulled it over for around 20 seconds but then folded.

A hat-trick of shoves was completed by Bonomo, who open jammed for 825,000 from early position. Ben Tollerene was intrigued enough to request a count, but he mucked his cards and the final five play on. --NW

2:46pm: Relentless Tollerene
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (ante 5,000)

It's a good time to be Ben Tollerene. With four opponents whose combined stacks don't match his, our chip leader is able to push them all around.

Just recently, he three-bet a Steve O'Dwyer open from the small blind and earned folds. Then he open-jammed from UTG+1 and got folds around too. On the next hand, he only had to wager 85,000 from under the gun and that too got the desired response. -- HS

2:38pm: Gettin' shovy
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (ante 5,000)

Shortly after the elimination of Timothy Adams in sixth place, there were two more all-in shoves -- both uncalled -- as the short stacks try to improve their situation vis-à-vis big-stacked Ben Tollerene.

First came a hand in which Justin Bonomo opened from under the gun, then it folded to Orpen Kisacikoglu in the big blind who pushed all of his chips forward, earning a fold from Bonomo.

Then two hands later Bonomo was the one open-raising all in from the small blind, and Steve O'Dwyer in the big blind quickly pitched his cards away. --MH

2:37pm: Timothy Adams eliminated in sixth place ($110,920)
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (ante 5,000)

From under the gun Ben Tollerene opened to 85,000 and it folded all the way around to Timothy Adams in the big blind. The Canadian pushed his stack of a little more than a million into the middle and, after taking a look back at his cards, Tollerene called.

Adams: A♣Q♠
Tollerene: K♠K♣

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Ben Tollerene's kings

Adams had run into a monster hand and the 9♥J♣K♥8♠9♣ run out improved Tollerene to a full house. He's got 60% of the chips in play now. --NW

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Timothy Adams--6th place ($110,920)

2:32pm: O'Dwyer find enough to call all-in, doubles
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (ante 5,000)

Everyone is getting short now and some players are regularly referring to an app that appears to determine correct shoving/calling ranges. However, there was no such consultation necessary for Steve O'Dwyer, who just doubled back into contention after making a correct call pre-flop for all his chips.

Action folded to Justin Bonomo in the small blind and he jammed, covering O'Dwyer's 530,000 stack by a factor of three. O'Dwyer looked down at A♦Q♥ and called instantly. He was ahead of Bonomo's K♦2♠ and stayed there through the board of 3♦A♠3♥J♦Q♠.

That put O'Dwyer up to around 1 million and cut Bonomo down to 575,000. -- HS

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Justin Bonomo pays off Steve O'Dwyer

2:19pm: Clubbin' with Ben
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (ante 5,000)

Ben Tollerene limped in from the small blind, Orpen Kisacikoglu checked the big, and the flop came all clubs -- 6♣A♣Q♣. Tollerene liked the look of that, betting 40,000, and Kisacikoglu folded.

The next hand saw Daniel Dvoress raise to 80,000 from middle position, Tollerene call from the button, and the flop again come all clubs -- A♣T♣3♣. Dvoress checked, and once more Tollerene fired a bet -- this time 100,000. Dvoress folded.

Tollerene is the sole member of the 3 million-chip club right now, and is closing in on joining another club as he now has around 3.9 million. --MH

2:14pm: Three in a row for Bonomo
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (ante 5,000)

It's the Justin Bonomo show at the moment as he took a hat-trick of pots to climb to 1,550,000 and is now second in chips. His first pot was the only one that went to a flop. It was Ben Tollerene who opened, he made it 90,000 on the button and Bonomo called out of the big blind.

On the 5♣7♥7♦ flop Tollerene c-bet 60,000 and Bonomo check-raised to 200,000 straight. Tollerene was into the last five seconds of his allotted 30 seconds before he mucked his cards.

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Justin Bonomo

On the following hand it folded to Bonomo in the small blind and he moved all-in for an effective 620,000. Steve O"Dwyer took a peak at his hole cards and then tossed htem into the muck. And on the third hand, Orpen Kisacikoglu was the player who lost chips to Bonomo. He opened to 90,000 but folded when Bonomo re-raised all-in. Kisacikoglu is down to around 825,000 after that hand.

In fact, it's getting a little shallow now, three players have less than 20 big blinds, while Daniel Dvoress - who sits third in chips - has around 25 big blinds. --NW

2:10pm: O'Dwyer short after hand with Tollerene
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (ante 5,000)

Steve O'Dwyer raised to 90,000 from the cutoff seat and got one caller in chip leader Ben Tollerene defending his big blind.

The flop came 3♥4♣9♥, and Tollerene check-called a continuation bet of 105,000 from O'Dwyer. Both then checked the T♣ turn.

The river brought the 8♥ and a sizable bet from Tollerene -- 350,000, more than three-fourths of the pot. O'Dwyer thought a bit then called, and Tollerene tabled J♠T♥ for tens. O'Dwyer nodded and mucked, and Tollerene is now up to 3.8 million.

O'Dwyer open-raised all in the very next hand and all folded, but he's still down around 620,000. --MH

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Steve O'Dwyer>

1:57pm: Two in a row for Adams
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (ante 5,000)

Timothy Adams continues to battle on and two pots in a row for him just added nearly 50% to his stack. The first was a simple shove and take. He moved in from under the gun and no one even asked for a count.

On the next shuffle Ben Tollerene opened to 90,000 from under the gun and Adams defended from the big blind. A 2♦K♥4♥ flop hit the felt, Adams checked, Tollerene bet 40,000 and Adams responded by check-raising all-in. Tollerene paused a few beats before mucking and Adams is now up to 690,000. --NW

1:45pm: Play resumes; Tollerene still leads final six
Level 17 - Blinds 20,000/40,000 (ante 5,000)

It's a new level, and six players still remain. Some fresh counts as play resumes:

Ben TollereneUnited States3,330,000
Steve O'DwyerIreland1,265,000
Orpen KisacikogluTurkey1,100,000
Daniel DvoressCanada1,050,000
Justin BonomoUnited States1,020,000
Timothy AdamsCanada485,000

First one out earns $110,920 -- a "min" cash in this one. --MH

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Ben Tollerene

1:30pm: Break

Players are now on a 20-minute break.

1:28pm: Adams still trying to climb
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

Timothy Adams got involved in back-to-back pots. Well, sort of. He was in the cutoff on the first of the two and open shoved. Nobody called. On the next hand, he made a min-raise and picked up a call from Steve O'Dwyer in the big blind.

The flop brought the 4♠9♦4♣ and O'Dwyer check-called Adams' bet of 60,000. They then both checked the 5♥ turn. After the 7♦ river, O'Dwyer bet 150,000 and Adams quickly revealed that he wasn't that interested after all. He folded. -- HS

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Timothy Adams

1:19pm: Preflop aggression
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

Orpen Kisacikoglu raised to 90,000 from early position, then it folded to Daniel Dvoress who put in a hefty three-bet from the cutoff, forcing everyone else out, including Kisacikoglu.

On the next hand Timothy Adams open-shoved his stack from the small blind, and Ben Tollerene stepped aside. Then Justin Bonomo made an under-the-gun open and won the blinds and antes.

With six left, Adams remains the short stack. --MH

1:16pm: Small pots
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

There's really no doubt about it, this is an uninteresting passage of play. Orpen Kisacikoglu and Daniel Dvoress did get all the way to the river, but only after the old Prague residents nationality survey, ie, check, check, check, check, check.

Kisacikoglu opened the pot to 90,000 from the cutoff and Dvoress called in the big blind. Then the checking began on the 5♥T♣J♠ flop, continued through the 6♠ turn and 6♦ river. Dvoress opened K♣2♣ but the pot was swept towards Kisacikoglu after he showed A♠3♣. -- HS

1:13pm: Bonomo pretty in pink
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

"Now that the pink chip has been introduced nobody else stands a chance," joked Justin Bonomo, referring to the shock of pink hair he's sported for a while now. The pink chips are worth 100,000 each and Bonomo put one to work in a recent hand against Orpen Kisacikoglu.

He raised it up to 65,000 from under the gun and Kisacikoglu, who was in the big blind, was the only caller. On the 8♠Q♣Q♥ flop Kisacikoglu check-called a bet of 50,000 and both players then checked the J♦ turn. The 9♣ completed the board and a bet of 150,000 from Bonomo - which included one pink chip - was enough to earn him the pot. --NW

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Justin Bonomo

1:02pm: Kisacikoglu defends, collects
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

With a 20 big blind-plus stack now, Timothy Adams had room to make a standard button raise to 75,000. But Orpen Kisacikoglu made things less easy for Adams by three-betting to 240,000 from the big blind, and exactly 29 seconds later Adams folded.

Kisacikoglu has 1.26 million now, and Adams 610,000. --MH

12:55pm: Tollerene takes one
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

Three-handed action to report. Well, not exactly "action," but three-handed.

Steve O'Dwyer opened for 70,000 from the cutoff and both Daniel Dvoress (button) and Ben Tollerene called (big blind). All checked the 4♠2♣J♦ flop and A♣ turn, then Tollerene led for 300,000 at the 7♠ river and the others folded. --MH

12:52pm: More for Adams
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

The Timothy Adams resurgence continues to gather pace as the Canadian just won another decent sized pot to pad his stack.

The action was started by Orpen Kisacikoglu who raised to 85,000 from the hijack. Steve O'Dwyer called and Adams then moved all-in for 495,000 total. It didn't take very long for Kisacikoglu to abandon ship but O'Dwyer wanted a count and then asked for 85,000 from the stack of Adams to be pulled into the middle.

A grimace or two crossed his face before he eventually elected to fold. Adams is now up to 710,000. --NW

12:48pm: Adams doubles through Kisacikoglu
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

After almost exactly a half-hour of play today, Timothy Adams was exactly where he started with a stack of 225,000 after posting the ante. It folded to Adams in the cutoff who open-raised that stack, and it folded to Orpen Kisacikoglu in the small blind who called. Justin Bonomo folded the big blind, and the players' cards went on their backs:

Kisacikoglu: A♠T♠
Adams: 3♥3♠

The board brought two pair, but thankfully for Adams one pair was deuces -- 6♦J♣6♥2♣2♥. That meant Adams's treys were good, and he's up to 495,000 after doubling plus adding blinds and antes. Kisacikoglu is now at 1.125 million. --MH

12:42pm: The past five hands
Level 16 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000)

The most significant action of the last five hands didn't occur in a pot between the players but while the clock was paused. The 1K chips have been dispensed with and some white 100K chips have been bought out to play. That likely gives you an idea that the past five hands haven't exactly been action heavy, but nonetheless, here's what happened.

Hand one: Timothy Adams shoved and everyone else folded
Hand two: Daniel Dvoress received a walk
Hand three: Daniel Dvoress shoved from the small blind and Timothy Adams folded
Hand four: Steve O'Dwyer raised to 70,000 from the cutoff and picked up calls from Dvoress (button) and Ben Tollerene (big blind). The Irishman bet 150,000 on a K♠Q♥8♣ flop and won the pot.
Hand five: Tollerene completed from the small blind, but folded when Orpen Kisacikoglu raised to 120,000 from the big blind. --NW

12:32pm: Tollerene takes from Kisacikoglu
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

In the last hand of the level, it folded around to Ben Tollerene in the small blind who raised to 85,000 and Orpen Kisacikoglu called from the big blind. The flop fell 7♦Q♠4♦ and Tollerene checked. Kisacikoglu bet 75,000, and Tollerene called.

Both checked the J♥ turn, then Tollerene again checked the 8♠ river. Kisacikoglu pulled the scarf off of his face and leaned forward to consider the situation for a few seconds, then checked behind.

Tollerene turned over 7♠6♠ for sevens, and Kisacikoglu rechecked his cards before mucking.

Tollerene increases his lead, moving up to 3.1 million, while Kisacikoglu has 1.28 million. --MH

12:26pm: Pot to Adams
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

Timothy Adams was the clear short stack when play began today and he'd lost a few blinds and antes before he made his move.

In the hand in question Orpen Kisacikoglu opened to 55,000 from the hijack and Adams just called out of the big blind. On the 5♦8♣5♠ flop Adams moved all-in for 106,000. Kisacikoglu studied the board for about 15 seconds and then mucked his cards. A decent boost for Adams there without having to go to showdown.

The good news is he's up to 252,000 now, the bad news is the blinds are about to go up. --NW

12:20pm: Mo' for Bonomo
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

Justin Bonomo won the second hand of the day as well, this time taking a pot off of leader Ben Tollerene.

The hand began with a Bonomo open to 55,000 from middle position, called by Tollerene from the big blind. The flop brought three spades -- 7♠A♠6♠ -- and after Tollerene checked Bonomo bet 40,000 and Tollerene called. Both checked down the 7♦ turn and K♣ river.

Tollerene tabled Q♣J♠, and Bonomo showed 9♥9♣ to earn the pot. Bonomo is up around 950,000 or so now while Tollerene still leads with 2.8 million. --MH

12:14pm: First pot to Bonomo
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

On the first hand of the final day's action, Orpen Kisacikoglu opened for a raise to 55,000 and Justin Bonomo called in position. On the K♠5♦T♣ flop Kisacikoglu checked and then folded to a bet from Bonomo. --NW

12pm: Lights, cameras, action
Level 15 - Blinds 12,000/24,000 (ante 4,000)

Players are just having their photos taken ahead of the final. There are 14 minutes left in Level 15 and they'll play out that and then straight into Level 16.

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Incidentally, here are how many time-bank chips they have:

Dvoress: 1
Adams: 1
Tollerene: 1
Kisacikoglu: 0
Bonomo: 2
O'Dwyer: 2

They won't get any more, so decision making will be especially hasty this afternoon.

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The shot clock

11:30am: Let's find our $500K man

Good morning once again and welcome back to Panama. Today is the day on which we'll crown the first major champion of this PokerStars Championship.

Not only that, but the winner of this event will pick up the second-biggest prize ever awarded to a player in Latin American poker history. According to our calculations, only Guilherme Moura has won an individual prize bigger than this one, at the Milionário do Conrad in Punta del Este. Our winner will take $538,715 for his troubles.

Here's a reminder of the payout schedule:

1 - $538,715
2 - $372,360
3 - $237,680
4 - $182,220
5 - $142,600
6 - $110,920

And here's the list of players still involved:

Ben TollereneUnited States2,914,000
Orpen KisacikogluTurkey1,689,000
Steve O'DwyerIreland1,359,000
Daniel DvoressCanada1,308,000
Justin BonomoUnited States756,000
Timothy AdamsCanada225,000

Orpen Kisacikoglu, presently in second, has already locked up the biggest prize of his poker career. The rest of them are accustomed to six-figure scores, but are hardly going to be taking it easy.


The players party begins at 8pm tonight, so the hope is that everything will be wrapped by then. With six fast-acting players, and a shot-clock in operation, it seems like a safe bet.

We have exclusive blow-by-blow coverage of the final here, so stick with us all day.

Take a look at the official website of PokerStars LIVE, with tournament schedule, news, results and accommodation details for the PokerStars Championship Panama and all other Festival and Championship events.

Also all the information is on the PokerStars LIVE App, which is available on both Android or IOS.

PokerStars Blog reporting team on the $50K Super High Roller: Martin Harris, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Nick Wright. Photography by Neil Stoddart.