Bryn Kenney Wins €100k Super High Roller in Monte Carlo
Bryn Kenney continues to dominate in 2017 and took down the €100,000 Super High Roller to add almost $2 million to his annual earnings.
Kenney came into Monte Carlos having already won $3.3 million this year. He then proceeded to net his third seven-figure score of 2017 and the largest of his career by winning the €100,000 Super High Roller Event.
The tournament had an astounding 61 entries to create a prize pool of €5.98 million. Only the top eight were paid and the top two were guaranteed to walk away poker millionaires.
When the final table was reached on Sunday, Kenney came in as chip leader. Joining him were Ole Schemion, David Peters, Isaac Haxton, Daniel Dvoress and Sam Greenwood.
The final table started nine-handed, meaning one would go home empty handed. Isaac Haxton was the unfortunate bubble boy.
Kenney ran well at the final table and ultimately made it heads-up with Russia's Viacheslav Buldygin. Kenney had a 5:1 chip lead, but despite the advantage, the pair still discussed a deal. A deal didn't happen and the pair played it out.
In the final hand, Buldygin was all-in with K-Q against pocket deuces for Kenney. Kenney flopped a set to take the title and the €1.78 million top prize. Buldygin went away €1.29 million richer.
This win was Bryn Kenney's largest single score of his poker career. The €1.78 million ($1.94 million USD) top prize moves him up to $5.25 million in earnings for 2017, already eclipsing his career best in 2016 of $5.20 million.
Kenney now has $17.16 million in lifetime earnings and is currently 15th on the All-Time Money List.
Adrian Mateos Scores €908,000 in €50k Single Day High Roller
Spain’s Adrian Mateos also had a monster day at the PSC Monte Carlo on Sunday. He took down the €50k Single Day High Roller for €908,000, his largest score since 2013.
The €50k Single Day High Roller proved popular as well, drawing 64 entries for a €3.1 million prize pool.
Played out in a single day, the action was intense but the final table was still a virtual who's who of poker. Mike Watson, Steve O'Dwyer, Daniel Dvoress, Fedor Holz and Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel all made the final table in addition to Mateos.
Holz’s run would end in 4th place in a hand that gave Mateos a solid chip lead. On the turn, Mateos shoved all-in on a board of 7s-Qh-6h-4s while holding only 3h-2h for a flush draw and gutshot straight draw. Holz made the call with Qs-Js for top pair.
The river came a crushing 5c to give Mateos a straight and the chip lead. Holz went home with €319,800 in prize money.
Erik Seidel grinded his way to the top three but was unable to get any further. With just 1.5 million in chips, he shoved with Ks-4c and Mateos called with Ah-10c. A flop of Qh-10s-9d gave Mateos middle pair but Seidel flopped a straight draw. The turn and river were both blanks and Seidel took home €423,800.
Mateos had a 3:1 chip lead over Dvoress at the start of heads-up play and the pair played it out to conclusion. It didn't take long as Mateos completely dominated heads-up play on the way to victory.
In the final hand, Dvoress shoved with Ks-2c for his last 11 big blinds. Mateos made the call with Jd-8h. An eight on the flop gave Mateos a pair and that was enough to give him the hand and the title. Dvoress finished runner-up for €652,000.
Adrian Mateos took down the €50k Single Day High Roller for €908,000 ($988,924 USD). This is his largest score since 2013 and the second largest of his live poker career.
Mateos presently has $1.72 million in earnings in 2017, well on pace to eclipse his career best of $2.49 million last year. His victory moves him past $8 million in career live tournament earnings.
Todd Brunson and Max Pescatori Buy Stakes in Roma Deli in Las Vegas
Max "The Italian Pirate" Pescatori and Poker Hall of Famer Todd Brunson have decided to diversify their portfolio and now are part owners in a popular Las Vegas restaurant.
Earlier this week, it was announced that the pair have part ownership in Roma Deli in Las Vegas. Brunson has a 25% stake in the restaurant where Pescatori has yet to reveal how much of the venture he owns.
This is the second time that Brunson has invested in a restaurant. He attempted to do so back in 2008, but that venture failed.
Roma Deli is a short drive from the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the current home of the World Series of Poker. Brunson has stated he plans to go to his restaurant daily during the series, as the business stays open late.
Brunson was apparently supposed to be a silent partner, but he's been anything but. According to Twitter, the business plans to expand and add a bar in the near future. The restaurant currently offers an established Italian menu and is a favorite among Vegas locals.