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Bryn Kenney Wins 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller

Kenney Captures His Fourth Title of the Year, Winning €1.7 Million


Bryn Kenney is on fire in 2017. Less than four months into the year he has already made 13 final tables and won four titles. His latest and biggest win came in the 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo €100,000 super high roller. Kenney topped a sizable field of 61 entries to win the title and the top prize of €1,784,500 ($1,944,302 USD).

He has now cashed for more than $5.1 million so far in 2017, bringing his lifetime live tournament earnings to more than $17 million. As a result of this win he now sits in 15th place on the all-time live tournament earnings leaderboard with $17,079,802.

“It’s just where I feel the most comfortable, I guess,” Kenney told PokerStars blog reporters when asked about his consistent success on the high roller circuit. “I’ve just been playing lights out. Everything’s been going really smooth this year. I’m just feeling good and playing good.”

The 30-year-old New Yorker came into the final day of the event as the chip leader with nine players remaining. He knocked out Steffen Sontheimer in sixth place (€380,700) and Ole Schemion in fifth place (€487,715) to secure his handle on the chip lead. He then picked up pocket queens and called a preflop all-in from David Peters, the only player whose tournament resume can rival his own.

Viacheslav Buldygin knocked out Daniel Dvoress in third place (€832,800) to set up the final heads-up showdown with Kenney, who would begin with more than 5-to-1 chip advantage. They two battled it out for a while before all the chips finally got all-in with Kenney holding 2Spade Suit2Diamond Suit and Buldygin the KDiamond SuitQDiamond Suit. The board ran out 6Spade Suit3Club Suit2Diamond Suit9Spade Suit8Spade Suit and Kenney’s set secured him the pot and the title. Buldygin was eliminated as the runner-up, taking home €1,290,800 for his impressive run.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Bryn Kenney $1,944,302 720
2 Viacheslav Buldygin $1,406,391 600
3 Daniel Dvoress $907,377 480
4 David Peters $687,070 360
5 Ole Schemion $531,390 300
6 Steffen Sontheimer $414,792 240
7 Martin Kabrhel $330,515 180
8 Samuel Greenwood $259,258 120

Photo courtesy of Thomas Stacha / Poker Stars.