Bryn Kenney Emerges Victorious in Aussie Millions Main Event

Bryn Kenney, one of poker’s most successful players, took down this year’s Aussie Millions Poker Championship Main Event for more than A$1.2 million in prize money

With live tournament earnings of more than $26.6 million and wins in some of the world’s most challenging poker tournaments, Bryn Kenney is one of the best players of our time. And he cemented that reputation just a few hours ago by taking down the record-breaking 2019 edition of the Aussie Millions Main Event.

The A$10,600 buy-in event drew a record-breaking 822-strong field that created a prize pool of A$8.22 million. Kenney was the player to scoop the largest slice of that amount, but overall the top 88 finishers received a share of the money, min-cashes starting from A$15,600.

The Main Event kicked off on January 27 and concluded earlier today as part of the Aussie Millions festival at Crown Melbourne.

The record field of the tournament had been whittled down to just the final seven when action resumed for the last day of play earlier today at the host casino. Kenney did not have a comfortable start of final day play. The player was the short stack when cards were thrown in the air.

However, two doubles within the first 50 hands of play helped the popular poker pro gain momentum and improve his stack significantly.

Three-Way Deal

The highlight of the day was the lengthy three-handed match that involved Kenney, his fellow American poker pro Mike Del Vecchio, and Australian Andrew Hinrichsen. During three-handed action, Kenney managed to score another important double, in order to keep himself in contention.

Eventually, the player pulled ahead, but his fellow survivors proved a particularly big challenge. Chips swung back and forth for the better part of 100 hands. After a break, the three remaining hopefuls agreed to look at the numbers and consider a three-way deal.

A deal was eventually struck, and Kenney, holding the biggest stack at the time, collected the amount of A$1,272,598 and the ANTON jewelry bracelet for the winner. Del Vecchio’s share of the prize pool totaled A$1,272,162, while Hinrichsen scooped the third-largest cash of A$1,097,740.

As mentioned earlier, including his latest payout, Kenney’s live tournament winnings now amount to more than $26.6 million. Aside from his latest poker triumph, the player has also previously won a WSOP gold bracelet, a PCA $100,000 Super High Roller, and a PCA $50,000 High Roller. Kenney currently ranks ninth in the global all-time money list of the winningest tournament players.

Kenney took down the Aussie Millions Main Event just days after businessman and poker pro Cary Katz won the Aussie Millions A$100,000 Challenge for A$1,481,760 and an ANTON championship ring.

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