A lot of the high rollers started the year at the PCA in the Bahamas and were right on their way to Hollywood after, making their way to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open. The popular event has a big batch of tournaments on offer, one of them being the $50,000 Super High Roller.
Stefan Schillhabel took down the event, beating 24 players to take home the trophy and $493,000 first-place prize. He beat Adrian Mateos heads up, with Justin Bonomo, Nick Petrangelo, and David Peters also cashing.
|3||Justin Bonomo||United States||$197,200|
|4||Nick Petrangelo||United States||$135,575|
|5||David Peters||United States||$98,600|
With a $1,000,000 guaranteed, the event needed 20 runners for the casino not to have to provide an overlay. With 19 runners for the last $50,000 event, that wasn't a given. In the end, 25 entries were made into the event, so the guarantee was easily surplussed.
TOLLERENE OFFICIALLY BUBBLED THE $50,000 SUPER HIGH ROLLER.
After 14 levels of play, six players remained in the prestigious event. While bagging and tagging was scheduled, they decided to add an extra level of play for the night to increase the chance of the bubble bursting as just five players were to make the money. With Ben Tollerene down to just a couple of big blinds, the players and tournament organization decided to give him two more orbits to see if he could spin it up, or get eliminated. It would turn out the poker gods had the latter in mind for Tollerene.