Bryn Kenney Wins Poker Masters Event #3: No-Limit Hold’em for Another High Roller Title

The highly-anticipated Poker Masters festival, presented by Poker Central, is currently underway at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Bryn Kenney took down Event #3 on the schedule last night after two days of play that culminated with an action-packed heads-up duel against Erik Seidel. Kenney collected $960,000 for his latest high roller triumph.

Kenney is not a stranger to Aria Resort & Casino and most importantly, Bryn Kenney is not a stranger to the world of high roller poker. The player has won several million dollars since the beginning of the year, namely from higher buy-in tournaments, some of which have taken place at the poker tables of Aria Resort & Casino.

With live tournament earnings of more than $19.2 million, Kenney is one of the world’s most profitable poker pros. Earlier this year, the player scooped the title in the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller for his career’s best cash of €1,784,500. He has claimed four more high roller titles since the beginning of the year, including the one in the last night’s Poker Masters Event #3 $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em.

Poker Masters’ Event 3 and Kenney’s Run

The event kicked off on Friday and saw 48 entries create its field. The participants generated a prize pool of $2.4 million and contended for a spot among the final seven who received a payout. On Friday, the original field was reduced to just those seven players.

They returned on Saturday at the host venue with Dan Smith leading the pack with 1.982 million. Kenney was in the middle of the chip counts chart at the time. The first elimination occurred quickly after action kicked off. Spanish poker pro Sergio Aido left in seventh place for $96,000.

Cary Katz, another Aria Resort & Casino regular, went out in sixth place, good for $120,000. However, it took quite some time before that second player left the field. Doug Polk ($144,000), Dan Smith ($192,000), and Jake Schindler ($312,000) were the other three players to leave before heads-up was set.

As mentioned above, faced none other but poker legend Erik Seidel as a heads-up opponent. Seidel began Day 2 play as the shortest stack among all seven, and managed not just to improve but to survive through the whole final table action.

Two-handed play began with Kenney holding 3.225 million to his opponent’s 2.745 million. As it could be expected from a match between two seasoned players, it was rich in action and twists and turns. Early in play, Kenney reduced Seidel’s stack significantly, but the latter recovered quickly through a series of double-ups. Seidel went all in eight times over the course of heads-up play and won seven of the confrontations.

The player eventually emerged as the chip leader, but not for long. Kenney doubled quickly. Another double up left Seidel with almost no chips. The final hand in play did not occur long after.

It saw Seidel go all in and Kenney call. The former tabled [3d][2s] and the latter table [Kh][Jd]. The board ran out [6s][Kd][10h][10s][7d] to send Seidel to the rail. The player collected $576,000 for his runner-up finish.

There are two more tournaments left on the Poker Masters schedule. The $50,000 buy-in Event 4 is underway and will be completed later today at the host venue. The $100,000 buy-in finale is slated to kick off on Monday.

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