2021 World Series of Poker
Event #3 $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Days:
12

Event Info

Buy-in $50,000
Prize Pool $2,400,000
Players 48

Level Info

Level 26
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 80,000
Event #3 $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Bryn Kenney Overcomes Erik Seidel in Epic Heads-Up Match to Win Poker Masters Event #3

Chad_Holloway • Level 26: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Bryn Kenney - Champion
Bryn Kenney - Champion

The Poker Masters Event #3: $50,000 NLHE began with 48 entrants, but on Saturday only seven returned to action. Erik Seidel began the day as the short stack, while Bryn Kenney sat fourth in chips, albeit with less than half the top three stacks. Still, the two persevered and wound up battling it out in a truly epic heads-up match that featured a dozen double ups.

Seidel was the beneficiary of most of them, but eventually Kenney managed to finish off his opponent to capture a $960,000 first-place prize. On Friday, Kenney finished seventh in Event #2 for $125,000, which means his total winnings for the Poker Masters currently stands at $1.085 million.

That is good enough to put him in second place behind the $1.104 million of Steffen Sontheimer, who won Event #2 the day after finishing fourth in Event #1. The winner of the first event, Nick Schulman, currently sits in third with $918,000 in winnings, while Seidel ($576,000) and Matt Hyman ($561,000) round out the top five.

If you recall, the player with the best results (highest total earnings) throughout all five Poker Masters tournaments (four $50,000 buy-in tournaments capped by a $100,000 freeze out finale) will win The Poker Masters Purple Jacket™.

Event #3: $50,000 NLHE Final Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize
1stBryn KenneyUSA$960,000
2ndErik SeidelUSA$576,000
3rdJake SchindlerUSA$312,000
4thDan SmithUSA$192,000
5thDoug PolkUSA$144,000
6thCary KatzUSA$120,000
7thSergio AidoSpain$96,000

It only took 15 minutes for the first player to fall, and it happened when Spain’s Sergio Aido, who now calls Macau home, three-bet his short stack all in holding pocket sixes and was called by the Jake Schindler, the original raiser with the ace-jack of clubs. Two clubs on the flop and one on the river gave Schindler the flush, and Aido was out in seventh place for $96,000.

It took a long time for the next elimination to occur, but happened when a short-stacked Cary Katz tried a stop-and-go play against Seidel, who had flopped a pair of threes. Katz failed to get there with ace-nine and busted in sixth place for $120,000.

Just a few hands later, Kenney open-jammed the small blind with queen-eight to put the pressure on a short-stacked Doug Polk, who called off with pocket fours. A queen on the flop put the final nail in Polk’s coffin. The Upswing Poker founder earned $144,000 for his fifth-place finish.

Dan Smith was the next to go after running pocket sevens into the jacks of Kenney, and then Schindler bowed out in third when he failed to win a race with Big Slick suited against the pocket threes of Seidel.

Kenney began heads-up play with 3,225,000 to Seidel’s 2,745,000, and it proved to be a rollercoaster affair. Kenney whittled Seidel down to a short stack, but couldn’t seem to finish him off. In fact, Seidel got all in eight different times, winning seven of them and chopping once. On many of those occasions, he was saved by the river.

Seidel eventually took the chip lead, but then it was Kenney’s turn for a double thanks to a fortuitous river card. Another double for Kenney left Seidel with less than a big blind, and despite two more doubles, he finally succumbed. It happened when his deuce-trey failed to get there against the king-jack of Kenney.

The third event of the Poker Masters has come to an end, but already Event #4: $50,000 NLHE is underway. That is the final prelim before the $100,000 freeze out gets underway on Monday. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team is providing complete coverage from Event #4 now, which you can follow by clicking here.

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Erik Seidel Eliminated in 2nd Place ($576,000)

Chad_Holloway • Level 26: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Erik Seidel - 2nd Place
Erik Seidel - 2nd Place

The two players agreed to go to 15-minute levels and to immediately move on to the next one.

In the first hand, Bryn Kenney raised to 200,000 and then called off when Erik Seidel moved all in.

Seidel: {j-Spades}{10-Spades}
Kenney: {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}

It was a flip for nearly all the chips, and much to his delight, Kenney held after the board ran out {2-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{k-Spades}{5-Diamonds}. Seidel was left with just 40,000 after the hand.

In the very next hand, Seidel tripled up (Kenney paid the ante as the big blind), and in the hand after that doubled yet again.

In what would be the final hand of the tournament, Seidel got his short stack all in with the {3-Diamonds}{2-Spades} against the {k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} of Kenney. There would be no miracle this time as the board ran out {6-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{10-Spades}{7-Diamonds} to send Seidel home in second place for $576,000.

Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 6,000,000 2,330,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us Busted

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Level:
26
Blinds:
40,000/80,000
Ante:
80,000

Bryn Kenney's Turn to Get Lucky on the River

Chad_Holloway • Level 25: 35,000-70,000, 70,000 ante

Bryn Kenney raised holding the {a-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and then called off when Erik Seidel moved all in with the {4-Spades}{4-Diamonds}.

It was a flip, but Kenney needed to improve to stay alive. He didn't do it on the {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}{6-Clubs} flop nor {K-Diamonds} turn, but this time he was the one that got lucky on the river, which brought the {9-Hearts} to give him back the chip lead.

Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 3,670,000 2,310,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 2,330,000 -2,310,000

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Another Double Gives Erik Seidel Chip Lead

Chad_Holloway • Level 25: 35,000-70,000, 70,000 ante

In the first hand back from break, Bryn Kenney raised with the {a-Spades}{5-Spades} and Erik Seidel defended with the {k-Hearts}{9-Spades}.

When the flop came down {k-Spades}{4-Spades}{5-Clubs}, Kenney checked, Seidel bet 215,000, and Kenney moved all in. Seidel called off and was looking to dodge an ace, spade, and deuce.

That's just what he did as the {J-Diamonds} appeared on the turn followed by the {8-Hearts} on the river.

Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 4,640,000 2,285,000
Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 1,360,000 -2,285,000
Level:
25
Blinds:
35,000/70,000
Ante:
70,000

A Sixth Double for Erik Seidel

Chad_Holloway • Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Don't look now, but the stacks are nearly even.

In the latest hand, Seidel limped with the {5-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and called when Kenney, who held the {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}, exercised his option with a raise.

When the flop came down {4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}, Kenny bet 180,000 with his flush draw and Seidel, who flopped a flush, raised to 380,000. Kenney responded by moving all in and Seidel called off.

Neither the {4-Clubs} turn nor {7-Clubs} river helped Kenney and he doubled up Seidel yet again.

Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 3,190,000 -1,350,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 2,810,000 1,350,000

Erik Seidel Doubles for Fifth Time in Heads-Up Play

Chad_Holloway • Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Bryn Kenney moved all in and Erik Seidel called off.

Seidel: {q-Clubs}{2-Clubs}
Kenney: {j-Clubs}{10-Hearts}

The {3-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} flop wasn't very exciting, but the {J-Hearts} turn was as Kenney paired up to take the lead. Once again he was one card away from the win, but it was snatched away when the {4-Diamonds} spiked on the river to give Seidel a straight and the double.

Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 4,540,000 -700,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 1,460,000 700,000

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