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An ambitious poker player, Bryn Kenney knows what he wants

Bryn Kenney

Into an interview held in February last year with a popular poker site from the United States, he said he intends to become the best tournament poker player in the world. A bold dream for the poker players who will turn 31 years old, this year, on May the 8th.

The largest win. The most important success.

On thehendonmob.com he ranks 5th in the Global Poker Index Ranking with cashing of nearly $14 million from the tournaments he played. His largest win was of 1,687,800 dollars award received last year when he defeated Joe McKeehen – the 2015WSOP Main Event Champion at $100,000 Super High Roller Tour held at the PCA of that year, and his most important success was winning a gold bracelet (the only one of his career) for his victory at the 2014 WSOP, 10-Game Mix Six-Handed tournament with a buy-in of $ 1,500; the winnings obtain here being of only $153,220.

The beginnings.

The New Yorker born in Long Beach was seen at the online game tables using the nickname BrynKenney on 19th of January 2011, but his poker career began in November 2007 at North American Poker Championship (WPT), when he finished on the 31 place, earning $35.745.

In his youth he was a “Magic: The Gathering” player, this is a “trading card game*” of great success in the US, with a history of nearly 25 years and with more than 20 million players.

Kenney has always enjoyed high stakes games, so in the early years of his career, even though he was very young he wanted to feel the full adrenaline of the poker game.

In the summer of 2007 he came to Vegas Belagio Cup and was ranked 4th of 235 players, occasion on which he put aside $66.850 for his bankroll. This success sets him off and next year he participated at the 45th edition of the WSOP Event, buy-in $10,000 – World Championship Pot-Limit Hold’em, which he finished on the 22th place out of 275 players, cashing a prize of $24.066.

No more playing around. Let the results come.

Since 2010, Bryn begins to be a constant presence at poker tournaments held in the United States, and even Europe, showing that he is a good player. In January he went to Bahamas and played at PCA’s Main Event that year, finishing on the 54th place of over 1500 participants. He put out $10,000 and cashed $45,000, which is not bad at all. At the WSOP that year, Event 52 – $25,000 tournament No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed he finished on a meritorious place 8, adding $141,168 to his account. Also to be noted is that at the end of the same year, 2010, he had his first attendance at a European poker tournament – he played at the EPT Barcelona Main Event and finished on 32th place.

The first attempt to win the Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller came in 2011, when the finished on the 3rd position, receiving $643,000. Already a habit for him,  at the end of the year he came to Europe and “hits” a 2nd place at EPT San Remo No-Limit Hold’em Single Reload (8 Max), being defeated in heads-up by Sam Stein.

In 2012 he changed his strategy and came earlier on the Old Continent to play at EPT Campione and EPT Berlin, where he got very good results at the poker tournaments he attended: two 2nd places, a 4th place and a 6th place. Also, the European continent gave him the best result of his career up to that time: 1st place at EPT Barcelona Event 28 – No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Six Handed, a side-event where he rounded up his accounts with more than $100,000.

In 2013 we note an important victory at the Master Classics of Poker where he defeated a field of 26 players who all put “on the line” $10.250 each. The prize won was of $141,055.

In the next period, Kenney started to show an increasingly greater maturity in the game and a more detailed knowledge of the game of poker, which helped him to obtain increasingly better results. 2014 remains notable in his career by the accomplishment of winning his first bracelet, when at 10Game Mix Six Max with a buy-in of $1,500, he got the most out of his fight with the other 445 contenders – 1st place and $153,220. Among his losers are: Fabio Coppola, Andrey Zaicenko, Marcel Luske or Tom Koral.

The end of 2014 brought him a prestigious victory: a side-event title at the WPT UK.

2015 remains a good year in his career, but with the regret that he could had won a new WSOP bracelet at the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Event where he lost by a whisker to Michael Wang.

Last year was the best one so far for Bryn’s career, managing to win over $ 5 million from tournaments. In January he throws $100,000 in the game at the PCA No Limit Hold’em 8 Max tournament, he won the tournament that raised nearly 60 top players and a prize-pool of $5.626 million of which $1,687,800 went to Kenney. Then in March and April he won two new High Roller tournaments at Aria, obtaining over $650,000 in prizes. He ended last year on a run, finishing 2nd at Triton Super High Roller Series where he rounded his revenues by $1,413,191.

2017, better than the previous year?

Just when we believed he would take a break, behold that the American participates at his favorite tournament (PCA), earlier this year, and “hits” a great result: first place and $969.075 at the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em event. All week he played the best poker of his career and earned $1,769,851 at 5 PokerStars Championship Bahamas tournaments! It seems that the Caribbean sun agrees with him…

*trading card game – a card game in which the cards are collected and traded between players.

Sam Boyd, from roulette dealer to casino builder


Arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1941 with only $80 in his pocket Samuel A.“Sam” Boyd was able to work his way up through the gaming industry by first working as a dealer, then as a pit boss, after that as a shift supervisor and in the end like as casino owner.

Born in Enid, Oklahoma, Boyd began his career in the gaming industry in 1928, when he ran bingo games on a gambling ship offshore Long Beach, California. When offshore gambling ended just before World War II, he moved to Las Vegas. He arrived on Labor Day weekend in 1941 with $80 in his pocket and quickly found a job dealing penny roulette at the Jackpot Club in downtown Las Vegas.

He later went on to hold a variety of jobs in the industry, moving between Reno, Nevada and Lake Tahoe, California before moving back to Las Vegas. Having saved up a substantial amount of cash, in 1952 Boyd invested $10,000 to become an owner-partner at the Sahara Hotel and Casino.

“I always made a point to try and save about half of what I was making, even back in the days when I was making $100 a week running bingo games in Long Beach,” Boyd recalled in a 1982 interview. “And on all my deals during the last 40 years, I always made a deal that left me receiving a percentage of the profits.”

Later, he then moved on to become general manager and partner at The Mint in Downtown Las Vegas, where he began introducing successful marketing campaigns and the innovations which made him famous. Sam later began developing and purchasing casinos throughout the Las Vegas area, continuing to introduce innovative marketing. Boyd is credited and famous for helping build a large Hawaiian community in Las Vegas, through his marketing techniques which cater toward visitors from the Hawaiian islands.

Along with other family members, Sam Boyd bought the Wheel Casino in Henderson and renamed it the Eldorado Casino. It was the first of the casinos to be owned and operated by the Boyd family. He was later president of the Union Plaza and built the Hotel Nevada on Main Street. Mr. Boyd built Sam Boyd’s California Hotel and Casino in 1975, which marked the founding of the Boyd Group. Today it is one of the largest privately held gaming companies in the world.

The company added the Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall on Boulder Highway in 1979, and bought the Stardust and Fremont hotels in 1983. Boyd is noted for introducing successful marketing, gaming, and entertainment innovations into the casino gaming industry, as well as building one of the largest and most successful casino empires in the world.

With the construction and completion of Sam Boyd’s California Hotel and Casino in 1975, Boyd formed the Boyd Gaming Corporation, which would become one of the largest gaming and casino management corporations in the world. Sam Boyd died on January 15, 1993, at the age of 82. In honor of the late Sam Boyd, several casinos and buildings are named in his honor, including Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, and UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium.

Boyd family

The Boyd Family is active in the Las Vegas community, with strong ties to the University of Nevada- Las Vegas. In 1984, the Boyds made a $1.5 million contribution for improvement of the Silver Bowl football stadium, which was aptly re-named Sam Boyd Stadium. It now stands as one of the top college football facilities in the West, and also hosts a variety of entertainment events. Bill Boyd also helped the state of Nevada create its first and only law school in 1997, creating the William S. Boyd School of Law. Bill is an avid Runnin’ Rebels fan and frequently attends their games here in Las Vegas, and across the nation.
The Boyd’s also have shown their loyalty to other events in the Las Vegas Valley including the sponsorship of the Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Aviation Nation Air Show at Nellis Air Force Base. Boyd Gaming also owns the Orleans Arena, which is home to the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers and many other local sports events.

Boyd Gaming Corporation

Boyd Gaming Corporation wasn’t founded until January 1, 1975, when the company was formed to develop and operate the California Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Then known as the Boyd Group, the company initially had 75 investors. Boyd Gaming embarked on its first expansion in 1979, when it opened Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall on Boulder Highway at Nellis Boulevard. Considered one of the first “locals” properties in Las Vegas, Sam’s Town helped inaugurate the later development of Las Vegas’ “Boulder Strip.”

During these first two decades in operation, Sam and Bill Boyd developed a reputation for running a squeaky-clean operation. As a result, Nevada regulators turned to the Boyds for help following an investigation of skimming operations at the Stardust and Fremont casinos in the mid-1980s. The properties were notorious at the time for their extensive skimming operations; according to the FBI, anywhere from $7 million to $15 million in funds from the Stardust were diverted to organized crime figures between 1974 and 1976 alone.

In 1984, after leveling a $3 million fine against the Stardust for skimming, the Nevada Gaming Commission asked to Boyds to run the property’s gaming operations. When the Stardust was taken over by the reputable Boyd family, they were surprised by its huge profits, now that every penny of income was being recorded. Ex-FBI agent William F. Roemer Jr., longtime senior agent of the FBI’s organized-crime squad in Chicago and an expert in Las Vegas doings, said, “The amount of skim had been so heavy that the profit and loss statement did not present a true picture of the gold mine that the Stardust was.” After several years of successful operations, Boyd Gaming officially acquired the Stardust and Fremont in 1985.

In July 1993, Boyd Gaming held its initial public offering of stock, debuting on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker symbol “BYD.” Funds from the IPO supplied Boyd Gaming with a source of capital for expansion, and the company embarked on a period of aggressive growth. The company acquired the Eldorado and Jokers Wild in 1993; later that year, Boyd Gaming acquired Main Street Station Hotel and Casino and Brewery.

Boyd Gaming’s most ambitious expansion project came in 2003, when the company opened the $1.1 billion Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. A joint venture with MGM Resorts International, Borgata was the first new casino property to open in Atlantic City in 13 years, and quickly emerged as the market’s leading property by gaming revenue. Borgata is by far Boyd Gaming’s largest property, and currently supplies more than a third of the company’s overall profits.

In 2007, Boyd purchased Dania Jai Alai, a fronton in Dania Beach, Florida. The company hoped to expand the facility with a casino, but efforts to allow new casinos in the Miami area made little headway. Boyd agreed in 2011 to sell the property to Dania Entertainment for $80 million, but the deal was not completed. The two companies reached a new sale agreement in February 2013 for $65.5 million.

In November 2012, Boyd acquired Peninsula Gaming, an Iowa-based company with five casinos in the Midwest and South, for $1.45 billion. Boyd Gaming Corporation own more than 7,550 hotel rooms, 812,500 square feet (75,480 m2) of casino space with 21,400 slot machines and 425 table games. Gaming revenue is 75% of total gross revenue.

Sam Boyd has a success story. A way build with hard work, ambition and intelligence. Boyd’s story it is a legacy for others which want to be kings, not losers.