Online poker legend Benjamin Rolle (“bencb789”) bagged the Day 1b chip lead in the WPT World Online Championships Main Event. That puts him at second in chips heading into Tuesday’s Day 2 finale. Blaz Zerjav from Slovenia holds the overall chip lead, as he finished Day 1a with an impressive 4.4 million chips.
Partypoker, a World Poker Tour partner, is hosting the WOC series. The series has become the WPT’s top focus currently as the global health pandemic forced the stoppage of its live Main Tour.
The World Poker Tour is also hosting an Online Borgata Series for players in New Jersey. American players, unless they leave the US to compete, aren’t eligible to play in the WOC as the series is only available on the global Partypoker platform.
The Online Borgata Series began Sep. 13 with a $100,000 guaranteed Kickoff event. A player using the screen name “treetrap” shipped the 495-player tournament for $18,080.
Benjamin Rolle is on a Roll
Benjamin Rolle has long been one of the top online poker players. He recently ran deep in the GGPoker WSOP Main Event — 11th place for $161,686. The German poker pro more affectionately known as “bencb789” is back at it again, chasing glory in the WPT World Online Championships Main Event.
Rolle bagged 3,604,241 chips on Day 1b, the most of the session. Blaz Zerjav is the only player to advance to Day 2 with a larger stack (4,400,000).
Registration closed on Monday in the $10,300 buy-in, $10 million guaranteed tournament with 1,011 entries. Partypoker barely hit its guarantee with $10,110,000 in the pot.
Only 156 players advanced to Day 2, 75 from the Day 1a flight. The bubble will burst early on Tuesday — play begins at 11:30 am PT — once 19 players bust. Each of the 136 players who cash will receive at least $23,253. But all eyes will be on that first place prize, a whopping $1,715,667. The runner-up will also become a millionaire as the payout for second place is $1,231,600.
Benjamin Rolle is far from the only big name pro on to Day 2. Shaun Deeb, the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year and a long-time online poker crusher, bagged the third largest Day 1a session stack at 2,700,000. Upeshka De Silva finished with the exact same chip stack in the same session.
Four previous World Poker Tour champions bagged and tagged. They are Dylan Linde (1.9 million), Ole Schemion (1.7 million), Juha Helppi (1.5 million), Alex Foxen (676,000), and 2013 WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess (400,000).
Among the other big name pros moving on to Day 2 include Ali Imsirovic (2,984,524), Dan Smith (2,735,368), Kenny Hallaert (1.7 million), Steve O’Dwyer (1 million), Kahle Burns (900,000), and Chance Kornuth (622,000).