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Bryn Kenney Wins 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas $50,000 Single-Day High Roller

American Pro Tops Field of 69 Entries to Win $969,075


Bryn Kenney just seems to feel at home playing in super high roller poker tournaments in the Bahamas. He finished third in the first-ever $100,000 super high roller held at the PokerStars Carribean Adventure in 2011. Then he went on an impressive streak from 2015-17 that saw him finish in third place or better in the same event, winning the whole thing in 2016 for nearly $1.7 million. Kenney finished seventh in the $100,000 this year to keep that streak alive, and then came back the very next day to take down the 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas $50,000 buy-in single-day high roller. He topped a field of 69 entries to capture the title and the $969,075 first-place prize.

In addition to a trophy and the money Kenney was also awarded 612 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. With the 150 points he earned in the $100,000 buy-in event Kenney has taken the outright lead in the POY race, which is presented this year by the Commerce Hotel & Casino. Kenney already has accrued 762 POY points and $1,244,135 in year-to-date earnings just 10 days into the new year.

This high roller event was designed to play out over the course of just one day. With a solid turnout, this meant that action continued well into the early morning hours. Kenney was the shortest stack in the field after Oleksii Kohoroshenin was eliminated on the money bubble.

Kenney mounted a rapid recovery, quickly doubling up and then knocking out Cary Katz in ninth place to shoot up the leader board. By the time he made it to heads-up play he held roughly a 2-to-1 chip lead over Mustapha Kanit. The Italian was able to put together a comeback push of his own, taking the lead briefly before Kenney regained control and closed out the win.

In the final hand Kanit limped from the button and Kenney moved all-in. Kanit called with the 9Heart Suit9Diamond Suit. Kenney held the AClub SuitJClub Suit for a classic coin flip. The board ran out QClub SuitJSpade Suit2Diamond Suit7Club Suit3Heart Suit and Kenney paired his jack to secure the pot and the title. Kanit earned $695,740 for his second-place finish.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Bryn Kenney $969,075 612
2 Mustapha Kanit $695,740 510
3 Byron Kaverman $452,220 408
4 Daniel Colman $341,240 306
5 Stephen Chidwick $265,040 255
6 Benjamin Tollerene $205,400 204
7 Sergi Reixach $162,340 153
8 Daniel Dvoress $125,900 102
9 Cary Katz $96,080 51

Photo courtesy of PokerStars / Carlos Monti.