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Bryn Kenney Wins PokerStars & Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT €10K High Roller

Bryn Kenney

It was one of the last tournaments left to finish at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT, but Bryn Kenney took down the €10,200 High Roller for over €150,000.

The American had a commanding chip lead from around two tables left in the tournament and would hold onto it through the bubble and to the title.

Kenney had already cashed in two tournaments here in Monte Carlo, and now has a victory to set him ahead of a trip to Montenegro for the Triton High Roller Series, and then a shot at Super High Roller Bowl glory at the end of the month.

Here are the players who made the money:

PositionNameCountryPayout (€)Payout ($)
1Bryn KenneyUnited States€153,000$183,600
2Mustapha KanitItaly€110,000$132,000
3Erik SeidelUnited States€70,300$84,360
4Nick PetrangeloUnited States€53,500$64,200
5Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussian Federation€41,200$49,440
6Ramin HajiyevAzerbaijan€31,500$37,800
7Thomas MuehloeckerAustria€25,500$30,600

"It's like a break-even trip," said Kenney shortly after his victory. "I'll take it. To brick the €100k and the €50k and break even is definitely pretty nice.

"I've been one of the more vocal people about adding more High Rollers. I think it's almost standard now to be able to come to a place and play a lot of High Rollers. It's just what people want to play and I'm happy because otherwise I'd be chilling or playing 2k's!"

Event Recap

A total of 50 players including 10 re-entries came together for the final High Roller of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT, with the top seven players being in the money. By the time the bubble came around, it looked like one of two players was going to fall short - Erik Seidel or Paul Newey.

Seidel looked the likely candidate. With the players returning from break, Seidel was left with 40,000 or just over three big blinds after putting out his big blind and ante. Vladimir Troyanovskiy opened to 28,000 and Ramin Hajiyev called in the small blind Seidel moved all in from the big blind and both players called. The pair checked down a {4-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts} board hoping to bust Seidel, but he showed {a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} beating the {a-Spades}{5-Spades} and {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds} of Hajiyev and Troyanovskiy respectively.

A few hands later Bryn Kenney opened to 30,000, and Newey moved all in for around six big blinds. Kenney called with {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} but was behind to the {a-Spades}{j-Hearts} of Newey. A ten on the {10-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{5-Hearts} runout changed all that, and the players were in the money.

Thomas Muehloecker would bust in seventh, with Kenney then busting Hajiyev {a-}{10-} to {a-}{j-} when a ten on the river handed him the knockout, leaving him with 1.6m of the 2.5m in play.

Troyanovksiy was next to go, moving all in with sixes against the {j-Clubs}{10-Clubs} of Mustapha Kanit. A ten on the flop sent him to the rail, while Nick Petrangelo lost out to the rejuvenated Seidel when Seidel's jacks held against the ace-ten of his opponent.

However, Seidel was still short and would bubble the heads-up portion of the context, open-jamming with jack-ten into the pocket aces of Mustapha Kanit in the big blind. Seidel picked up a pair on the flop, but no further help and he was eliminated. Kenney held a slight chip lead heads-up.

Kanit wasn't in all-in or fold territory, but some well-timed shoves saw him claw back an advantage. In the end, he moved all in with ace-three and was called by Kenney holding king-queen. There was a queen on the flop which saw Kenney take down the title, and Kanit finish as runner-up.

While the in-depth coverage of the action-packed PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT wraps up, be sure to check out PokerNews' continued coverage of other live events here.

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