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Bryn Kenney Calls His Shot, Takes Over Top Spot On Poker's All-Time Live Tournament Earnings List

Kenney Entered London High Roller With Incredible Confidence, Taking Big Money Side Bets In Seven-Figure Buy-In Event

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By chopping up the largest buy-in poker tournament in history for £16,890,509 ($20,606,421), Bryn Kenney vaulted to no. one on the all-time live tournament money list, jumping Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu, and Justin Bonomo.

The 32-year-old was laser-focused going into the £1,050,000 buy-in Triton Million tournament, taking most of the summer off in anticipation of the event.

“I don’t really feel like playing small buy-in events on a daily basis,” Kenney told Card Player back in early June. “Instead, I’d rather get myself focused and ready for the million dollar buy-in in London at the end of the WSOP. I just want to rest and get in the right mindset for that.”

The New York-native has always dreamed big, and made it clear that he was gunning for the top spot on the money list.

“I mean, the end goal is number one all time,” Kenney reiterated.

Thanks to a red-hot start to the year that saw him cash for a combined $9.2 million, with huge scores at Aussie Millions, Triton Jeju, and Triton Montenegro, Kenney was already no. four all-time with $35.1 million in cashes. After Saturday night’s win in London, he now has $55.75 million in earnings, good enough for a $10 million lead on Bonomo.

Kenney repeatedly told his competitors and members of the media that he was going to take over the no. one spot and never give it back, signaling the high probability that he will continue to stay in action for the foreseeable future. Previous poker sun runners such as Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Colman, Fedor Holz, and even the aforementioned Bonomo have taken a step back from the game.

In fact, while many other pros were looking to minimize their risk in the Triton Million and sell as much action as possible, Kenney spent the days leading up to the event stirring up side bets and even bragging about how much of his own action he had.

He took on as many bets as he could, lamenting that the poker world “only” had $1 million combined to bet against him.

For a guy that has already admitted to putting up $6 to $8 million annually in buy-ins, Kenney may have the best shot of anyone at reaching the $100 million mark before his career is finished.

Here is a look at the updated all-time money list rankings.

Rank Player Career Live Earnings
1 Bryn Kenney $55.7 Million
2 Justin Bonomo $45.0 Million
3 Daniel Negreanu $40.1 Million
4 Dan Smith $36.8 Million
5 Erik Seidel $35.7 Million
6 David Peters $33.3 Million
7 Fedor Holz $33.0 Million
8 Stephen Chidwick $30.6 Million
9 Jason Koon $28.8 Million
10 Daniel Colman $28.7 Million
11 Steve O’Dwyer $27.4 Million
12 Antonio Esfandiari $27.3 Million
13 Phil Ivey $26.1 Million
14 Isaac Haxton $26.0 Million
15 Mikita Badziakouski $25.4 Million
16 John Juanda $24.8 Million
17 Jake Schindler $24.7 Million
18 Scott Seiver $23.8 Million
19 Phil Hellmuth $22.4 Million
20 Brian Rast $21.1 Million
21 Sam Trickett $20.9 Million
22 Rainer Kempe $20.6 Million
23 Christoph Vogelsang $20.1 Million
24 Cary Katz $19.9 Million
25 Sam Greenwood $18.9 Million
 
 
 
 

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SaintMiles
11 months ago

An amazing year for Bryn. He's been focused on this seemingly forever.
No arguing his success. A fearless player, whether high at the table, or not ;)
This article states:

"Kenney had made his desire to sit atop the career earnings leaderboard public, telling Card Player as much in June of 2019. “The end goal is number one all time”

More remarkable is that he actually said this in his Poker Stories Podcast in May of 2017. At that point it seemed like a pretty wild goal! But When he started 2019 on and absolute tear, I thought, "Damn!, this dude's going to do it!"

Congrats Sensei Kenney

 
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