An ambitious poker player, Bryn Kenney knows what he wants

Thursday, 16 February 2017

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 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.

Author: Editor

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