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Poker Prodigy Series: Bryn Kenney

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It is right and proper that this installment of our Poker Prodigy Series looks at the game’s leading money winner –currently with over $65,000,000 in live poker earnings– Bryn Kenney.

Kenney is a thirty-seven-year-old grinder who hails from New York and has been plying his trade on the live poker circuit for nearly two decades with the mantra of,

“I’ll always be playing; I’ll always be busy”

Let’s go through the main peaks of his career before heading to our top-rated online poker rooms.

How It All Began

Like many of the modern poker players’, Bryn Kenney started out as a Magic: The Gathering player who utilized his card game skills to profit with poker.

His first major live cash game was in 2007 but it was not until 2010 that Kenney garnered the attention of the poker fraternity when he just missed out on the WSOP final table of the six-handed $25,000 event, eventually finishing in 8th for $141,168. The 2010 series was where Kenney made his reputation, as he followed up at that year’s WSOP Main Event where he finished in 28th place for $255,242.

Kenney’s First and Only Wsop Bracelet

A game of poker requires patience and so does choosing it as your career because, despite being the top money earner ever, Kenney had to wait until 2014 for his one and only WSOP Bracelet, the $1,500 10-game six-handed event for $153,220.

To date, Kenney has seven final table finishes at the WSOP, from over thirty cashes. However, he made his reputation away from the WSOP.

With the poker boom, growing the game since the millennium, Bryn Kenney has found that many of his best performances that have accumulated his wealth from poker tournaments have been away from the WSOP at the card circuits around the globe.

Kenney’s First Seven-Figure Score in 2016

Kenney’s first seven-figure score came back in 2016 when he won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller for $1,687,800 when defeating the reigning WSOP Main Event champion Joe Mckeehen heads up.

You cannot accumulate over $65 million without being a part of the biggest events around the world and the New Yorker has been a mainstay of the High Roller circuit.

Other notable scores for the New Yorker who has accumulated eight $1 million plus wins are:

  • 2016 Tritton Main Event Manilla: runner up $1,401,604
  • 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo High Roller: winner E1,784,500
  • 2019 Tritton Jeju Main Event: $3,062,513
  • 2019 Tritton Montenegro Main Event: $2,713,859

Kenney nets the largest ever live score in peculiar circumstances.

One 2019 massive win accounts for a third of Kenney’s career earnings and it came at the Tritton Poker Million, when the players made a deal heads up with Kenney holding a significant five-to-one chip advantage. Bizarrely, Kenney went on to finish runner up but took home $20,537,187, which was more than the winner, Aaron Zhang, who profited to the tune of $16,754,497.

Bryn Kenney’s Latest Big Score

Kenney’s most recent win and big score came last August at the 2023 Tritton Luxury Invitational for $6,860,000, which had a $250,000 buy-in, eventually outlasting all the game’s stars. The win saw Kenney overtake Justin Bonomo at the top of poker’s biggest earners from all-time live tournament poker and Kenney’s reaction was emotional saying,

“It’s so surreal, it’s crazy,” Kenney said in a winner’s interview. “Still, I don’t know where I am really. But I’m at a good place, at the end of the tournament, standing here.”

Kenney’s Controversy

Like most modern-day poker greats, Kenney has had his fair share of social media controversy as he was accused of cheating and collusion on Doug Polk’s podcast by Martin Zamani.

Bryn Kenney the All-Time Biggest Money Winner

We looked at the leader of the all-time list of poker earnings from Live Tournaments, the New Yorker Bryn Kenney.

There is no doubt Kenney is a true grinder and always keeping busy on the live high roller circuit around the world, as he accumulated $65,000,000. It is fair to say his no fuss demeanour means Kenney continues to fly below the radar a little but there is no fluke in how he has scaled the poker mountain. He has done it with hard work, skill and plenty of bottle in the biggest games around!

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Craig Edwards
Craig Edwards, an online tipster in golf and snooker for over four years, boasts a track record of 7800 bets with a 28% return on investment. A snooker professional from 1988 to 1996, he was once a single-figure handicap golfer. Achieving the 282nd position in the WSOP MAIN EVENT in 2007, Craig possesses a unique insight into the psychological shifts of professional sportsmen, anticipating their mindset week by week.

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