After a loss in the $100,000 Super High Roller, which saw Jason Koon head home with over $1.6 million, defending champion Bryn Kenney was eager to prove himself at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. And he did just that on Monday, when he crushed the competition in the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller for the first time in his career.
Top prize netted the New Yorker $969,075 at Atlantis Resort, after he beat out 2015 tournament winner Mustapha Kanit.
Only 69 people entered the tournament, but after 20 re-entries, the prize pot had worked its way up to some heafty payouts. Kevin Hart (you know him as the standup comedian who recently starred in “Central Intelligence”) tried his hand at the big game but busted to Charlie Carrel within the first hour of play. He bought back in, but was quickly busted a second time by Christoph Vogelsang. CardPlayyer.com estimates the comedian lost more than $300,000 playing high stakes in the Bahamas.
When the final table of nine got underway, Kenney was the short stack but was quickly able to take the lead over Cary Katz. Soon after, Katz was kicked to the curb when he went all in before the flop and Kenney delivered the final blow.
Next to go was Daniel Dvoress at the hand of Spaniard Sergi Reixach who scored an ace on the river and sent the Canadian home. His victory was short lived however, and Reixach went home in seventh at the hand of Kaint. Chip leader Ben Tollerene began to struggle in six-handed play and was quickly eliminated by Daniel Colman next.
UK’s Stephen Chidwick wasn’t in a good position after Tollerene’s elimination, and his A,high wasn’t enough to overcome Kenney’s A,K, handing him $342,240, and a fifth place finish. The Brit’s elimination marked the beginning of a slow lead build for Kenney.
Colman, one of the strongest players left going into four-handed play, didn’t know what hit him when he was eliminated next. He moved in with an A,high and Kenney called with pocket nines, enough to shockingly elminate his fellow American. Byron Kaverman had long been in the short stack, and his luck finally ran out in third when he was bluffed by Kenney.
The heads-up battle was hard fought by both players, but a suited A,J ultimately got the best of Kanit’s pair of nines, leaving him with the runner-up prize of $695,740.
Final table results:
The win brought Kenney to roughly $13 million in total live earnings.
Featured photo credit: Carlos Monti
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