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Poker Hand Matchup: Igor Kurganov vs. Bryn Kenney

Swords Q 9 8 J 7

Igor Kurganov

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 2,835,000

K K

90.1 %

88.69 %

20.45 %

Bryn Kenney

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 310,000

K T

8.67 %

10.71 %

75.0 %

Winner!

Posted On: Oct 31, 2017


Outcome

Preflop, final table eight-handed, with the blinds at 40,000 and 80,000 and a 10,000 ante. Kurganov opened to 180,000. Koray Aldemir three-bet to 505,000 on the button. Kenney called all-in from the big blind. Kurganov reraised to 1,480,000. Aldemir folded. On the river Kenney’s straight takes down the main pot. Kurganov rakes in the side pot.

Analysis

Bryn Kenney is on what seems to be a never ending white-hot streak for the past eight months. He is one of the best and most experienced players on the tournament circuit, with more than $19 million in lifetime cashes. Since almost the start of the final table, Kurganov had been the self-nominated table captain and woke up with a huge hand from UTG. Aldemir three-bet from the button, trying to put the brakes on the freight train named Kurganov. Kenney was in the big blind. He saw an opportunity to triple up his short stack and moved all-in as a Hail Mary. Kurganov rearised, most likely hoping Aldemir had a hand he could get it in with. Yet, Aldemir got out of the way. Kenney was drawing thin and dominated. The flop left little hope for Kenney, as Kurganov held the K®. Kenney had to spike a jack that isn’t a club, and miraculously did so on the turn. Kruk called out to the table, “2017 baby! It’s all Bryn Kenney.” Kenney has $5 million in cashes since January of this year. He smiled when the river blanked and raked in the chips for a triple up and said to no one in particular, “nothing surprises me anymore at this point.”

 
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