Ben Tollerene’s biography

Ben Tollerene
Ben Tollerene (37 years)
over $9 500 000
Offline prizes
over $3 200 000
Online prizes
The best result:
$1 037 000 or £840 000 (1st place at British Poker Open 2019)
Main achievements:
top-100 poker players, 2 PokerStars Championship trophies, WCOOP champion at PokerStars, one of the most famous online high rollers, more than $10 000 000 earned in highstakes online cash games
Can be found by nickname:

Ben Tollerene became famous in the poker community when he started to actively play at the high stakes limits at PokerStars and FullTilt. His nicknames “Ben86” and “Bttech86” are well known to all fans of expensive games. Previously, he was often met at the short tables and heads-up tables of NLHE and PLO games with high stakes. However, Ben appeared at highstakes arena not immediately.   

The American player started to play home poker in 2005 with his friends and got interested in the game. He expressed strong interest in poker at the end of 2006 after registration at the popular 2 + 2 poker forum and began to read everything he could find. Ben made $500 deposit at Full Tilt, got 100% first deposit bonus and started to play at NL25 limit. In two years, Tollerene progressed to $25/ $50 limits.

In 2009, the poker player began to play Pot-Limit Omaha and considered this discipline very promising. Studying PLO, Ben played at $5/ $10 – $25/ $50 limits and quickly lost $100 000. After gaining experience, Tollerene caught $550 000 upstreak, but he had both ups and downs, and as a result he started to specialize in expensive PLO cash games.  

Tollerene worked hard and by 2010 he was able to play at $200/ $400 limits. In 2010, after opening $500/ $1 000 PLO tables at Full Tilt, the popularity of Tollerene increased. The fact is that he was the only player who played at those limits with the Swedish poker player Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.

Despite everything, 2011 after Black Friday was good for Tollerene. The poker player moved to Canada and then started to travel around the world. He played a lot of PLO, HUNL and HUSNG games and succeeded in it. That year was fruitful for him as he not only continued to actively play high stakes games, but also reached the highest SuperNova Elite status at PokerStars.

Despite the fact that Ben specializes in cash games, he achieved considerable success in the tournament poker. He has more than $3.2 million won online and the amount of his winnings in the live events exceeds $9.5 million.

Ben Tollerene got his largest winning in offline tournament in 2019. He became the champion of No Limit Hold'em tournament with £100 000 entry fee at British Poker Open series in London. The player earned $1 037 000 for the victory and beat the famous professional player Cary Katz in a heads-up. Tollerene also has two PokerStars Championship trophies which he got in 2017.

Ben Tollerene

Interesting facts about Ben Tollerene:

  • Ben Tollerene was forced to move to Canada in 2011 in order to play online poker after Black Friday in the United States.
  • In 2012, Tollerene took part in $100k All Star Showdown along with other top HUNL players, including Isaac Haxton, Ben Sulsky, Phil Galfond and others. He praised his EV and wanted to become PokerStars Team Pro Online. But as a result, he lost to Phil “mrSweets28” Galfond in the first heads-up. However, Daniel "w00ki3z" Cates became the champion.
  • In 2013, Bttech86 won over $500 000 per day at Full Tilt.
  • In 2016, Tollerene was implicated in a scandal with his friend Douglas Polk at 2+2 forum. Polk stated that Ben cheated him when they agreed to exchange poker knowledge. The conflict occurred because Tollerene refused to share his knowledge with Polk after Doug told Ben about his strategy.   
  • According to highstakesdb data, the online results of Tollerene are as follows:

The diagram of Bttech86 Full Tilt in 2018:

Bttech86's diagram

The diagram of Ben86 at PokerStars:

Ben86's diagram

Ben Tollerene on social media: