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The first of the two Main Events at the Triton Poker High Roller Series Montenegro, Event #5: HK$1M NLHE Main Event, commenced on May 8 and following three days of intense action, finally crowned a champion in the one and only – Bryn Kenney (cover image). Clinching his second title of the series, Kenney banked an enormous HK$21.30 Million after defeating a 75-strong entry field.
Kenney has been in peak form throughout the series. After winning Event #2: HK$500,000 NLHE 6-Handed on May 7, he jumped into the NLHE Main Event which had a star-studded field comprising of some of the biggest names in the business. In fact, Kenney had finished runner-up in the Triton Jeju Main Event a little over two months ago and more than made up for that narrow miss with a brilliant run in this event. He eliminated Paul Phua, Mikita Badziakouski, Peter Jetten and eventual runner-up Danny Tang, taking down the title with relative ease. With this latest win, Kenney total live earnings stand tall at $34,799,414.
The second Main Event of the series – Event #11: HK$1M NLHE Short Deck Main Event – kicked off on May 10 and will crown a winner by May 12.
Final Table Recap
Triton Ambassador Jason Koon had only 18 big blinds at the start of the final table, and though he wasn’t the shortest stack, he lost a big pot early on to Paul Phua. Left with only five big blinds, Koon jammed from the button with , and Mikita Badziakouski comfortably called with from the small blind. Winner of EPT Monte Carlo €50,000 Single-Day High Roller Matthias Eibinger also called with from the big blind. An eight on the flop bettered Badziakouski’s hand to a set eliminating both Koon (9th) and Eibinger (8th) in one shot.
Badziakouski continued his rampage and claimed his next victim in Erik Seidel. The latter’s were cracked by Badziakouski’s , eliminating Seidel in seventh place.
Six-handed play continued for three levels before Triton co-founder Paul Phua fell at the hands of Bryn Kenney. Phua’s pocket were no match for Kenney’s pocket queens which improved to a flopped set that ended Phua’s run in sixth place.
Next to go was Canada’s Sam Greenwood and his elimination hand was perhaps the weirdest one on the final table. Greenwood limped from the big blind with , Danny Tang called from the small blind with , and Badziakouski checked down with . The flop brought giving both Tang and Badziakouski top pair. Both players checked, however, Greenwood led out with a min-bet of 120,000. Tang called, while Badziakouski decided to check-raise. Greenwood used up two time-banks before moving all-in and representing one hand only which was the pocket ace. Tang chose to fold, but Badziakouski said he was pot committed and called. The turn and river bricked for Greenwood, dismissing him in fifth place.
Down to four-handed play, Mikita Badziakouski and Kenney were the two big stacks at the table and got into a blind-on-blind fight that led to the former’s elimination. Badziakouski pitted his against Kenney’s . The board blanked for Badziakouski, and the Belarusian poker star had to bow out in fourth place.
Following Badziakouski’s exit, Kenney took over the pole position with 94 big blinds, while Tang had 17 and Peter Jetten was the short-stack with six big blinds. It came as no surprise that Jetten, who was making an appearance at his second final table of the series – after finishing third in Event #3: HK$ 100K Short Deck NLHE Ante Only – was the next to go. Eventually, his lost out to Kenney’s , resulting in Jetten second third-place finish at the series.
Jetten’s departure set up the heads-up play between Bryn Kenney and Danny Tang, but the 87:7 chip deficit was too overwhelming for Tang to overcome. Participating in his very first HK$1 Million buy-in event, Tang prolonged the inevitable for longer than anyone would have expected him to, however, in the end, it was Kenney who bagged the title.
On the final hand of the tournament, Tang and Kenney shoved all-in pre-flop and tabled their cards.
The board showed , and Kenney turned a straight to win his second title of the series, along with HK$21,300,000 in first-place prize money.
Final Table Results (HKD)
1. Bryn Kenney – HK$21,300,000
2. Danny Tang – HK$14,100,000
3. Peter Jetten – HK$9,600,000
4. Mikita Badziakouski – HK$7,260,000
5. Sam Greenwood – HK$5,650,000
6. Paul Phua – HK$4,400,000
7. Erik Seidel – HK$3,460,000
8. Matthias Eibinger – HK$2,680,000
9. Jason Koon – HK$2,050,000
You can catch the final table action right here.
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Photography by Joe Giron
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