For someone with lifetime earnings over $17 million, another €1.7 million is just drop in the bucket. Perhaps more significant than the money, Bryn Kenney became the first poker player to ever win more than one super high roller event when he took home the top prize at the €100,000 Super High Roller in the 2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®.
The New York native made it look easy, managing to score in almost every hand he played.
After Isaac Haxton was eliminated at the hand of David Peters, the money bubble burst and the final table of eight was set. Sam Greenwood was the first to go when he ran into the aces of Russia’s Viacheslav Buldygin. The first player to cash, Greenwood got €237,950 for his run and kicked off the beginning of the end.
Martin Kabrhel, fresh off a first-place win on the World Series of Poker International Circuit in Rozvadov, was the next to hit the rail. The Czech player had a pair of threes but suffered the same fate as Greenwood when he ran into the pocket pair of Buldygin. The board bricked and Kabrhel won his second-highest prize ever with €303,350 for seventh.
The two busts had Buldygin in the lead but he lost a lot of his chips in a nasty hand with Kenney. Kenney then went head to head with Steffen Sontheimer and took down the German with a pair of aces.
The only other German at the final table, Ole Schemion, also went down to the eventual winner. Kenney shoved with an A-9 and Schemion called with pocket queens; the river pulled a straight for Kenney and the final table was down to four.
David Peters started the final table in the shortest stack, but even a few good hands couldn’t save him when he busted with A-7 to the queens of Kenney. Fourth place earned the American €630,600.
Buldygin got back in on the action when he pushed a suited Q-J and was called by Daniel Dvoress with pocket sixes. Buldygin hit a straight on the turn, forcing the Canadian to settle for just over €830K. Dvoress’ elimination set up heads-up play between the two obvious front-runners, but Kenney went in with a massive 5-1 chip lead.
While Buldygin battled hard, it was only a matter of time. Eventually Kenney (pocket twos) put Buldygin (suited K-Q) all in, and a third two on the flop gave him the title. Second place was worth €1,290,800 for the Russian.
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