Winning a bracelet in any particular event is usually quite an endeavor. But winning a bracelet in a tournament that takes ten games and mixes them together is especially hard. That’s why Bryn Kenney has multiple reasons to be excited and proud of his victory.
Kenney outlasted the field of 445 players in the $1,500 Ten Game Mix Event, one of the last tournaments to have started before the Main Event. The final day started with nine players, so we would see three of them go before the official six-handed final table was formed. Those three were David Blatte, Haresh Thaker and Michael Mixer.
The first casualty of the final six was Randy Ohel ($18,923), whose rivered full house in a PLO hand was no good against Daniel Zack’s flopped quad Fives. After that, play slowed down significantly and it would take some time before the fifth place finisher was determined. Eventually, the honor went to Andrey Zaichenko ($27,033), whose #ac#2d fell victim to the pocket Kings of Fabio Coppola.
Zack was eliminated in a game that we didn’t get to see a whole lot during the series, namely Badugi. He got his chips in the middle against Jan Suchanek and failed to get the cards he needed to complete his four-card Badugi. Suchanek hit a #js on his last draw, completing his four-color combination and eliminating Zack in 4th place with $40,550.
For Coppola, third place was as far as he would go after he got involved in a 2-7 single draw hand against Kenney. Coppola called off Kenney’s all-in to put himself at risk and drew one card after Kenney stood pat. Coppola drew a King to end up with Kx 10x 8x 7x 6x, which was not good enough against Kenney’s Jx 10x 9x 7x 5x. Coppola left the tournament $153,220 richer for his efforts.
Kenney entered heads-up action about a 3:1 chip favorite and was able to ride his lead all the way to the bracelet. Although Suchanek was close to getting even at one point during the match, he couldn’t quite get there before the two played their last hand.
Kenney and Suchanek saw the flop come #qh#9s#2h in a raised pot and Kenney check-called a bet from Suchanek. The turn came #4d and once again Kenney proceeded to check-call. The final card was #9c. Once again, Kenney checked and his opponent moved all-in. Kenney snap-called him with #10s#9h and rivered trips, while Suchanek could only turn over #kc#2c for a sole pair of Deuces. Second place was good for $94,618 for Suchanek.
For Bryn Kenney, this was his third final table appearance of the series and he was able to improve on his previous 4th and 5th place finishes. Taking down the bracelet in this one together with $153,220 first place prize money meant a lot to Kenney, especially in such a tough field that included the likes of Jeremy Ausmus, Scott Clements, Phil Laak, Justin Bonomo, and many other top-notch players.