Bryn Kenney Tops All-Time Money List Despite 2nd Place Finish
After three days of intense poker action, the Triton Million – A Helping Hand for Charity event has finally crowned a winner.
China’s Aaron Zang topped a field of 54 players to take down the biggest event in poker history for £13,779,491.
When heads-up play began, Zang set up a deal with runner-up finisher Bryn Kenney who took home the lion’s share of the prize worth £16,890,509.
The massive event attracted some of the world’s richest entrepreneurs and top poker players, including Rick Salmon, Bobby Baldwin, Rob Yong, Paul Phua, Talal Shakerchi, Dan Smith, Stephen Chidwick, Fedor Holz, Jason Koon and Justin Bonomo. The participants put up £1,050,000 to enter, creating an astonishing £54 million in total prize pool, £2.7 million of which goes directly to charity.
Triton Million Final Table Action
Eight players made it to the final table to compete for the largest prize in the history of the game. The final action was marked with monster bluffs and aggressive bets, with Canada’s Timothy Adams becoming the first casualty, finishing in eighth place for £1,400,000.
The next player to hit the rail was Alfred DeCarolis after his ace-three didn’t hold against Stephen Chidwick‘s pocket aces. DeCarolis walked away with £1,720,000 for his seventh place finish. Poker-playing and hedge fund investor Bill Perkins may have started the action as the short stack, but he managed to grind all the way to the sixth spot winning £2,200,000.
After Perkins’ departure, it was India’s Vivek Rajkumar‘s turn to leave after flopping top two against Smith’s overpair. Both players went all in with Rajkumar being the favourite to defeat Smith. But the outcome was the opposite, and Smith picked up an unlikely jack on the river, sending the Indian player to the cashier in fifth place for £3,000,000.
Chidwick would eventually bust in fourth place during four-handed play, losing a classic flip battle against Kenney. Chidwick earned £4,410,000 for his deep run. Kenney was leading the chips with three players remaining, and continued to dominate the play after eliminating Smith in third place for £7,200,000.
Kenney entered heads-up play against Zang with a five-to-one chip advantage, with both players arranging a deal. Zang managed to win the first all-in with a pair of sixes against Kenney’s king-queen. The determining hand took place when Kenny flopped the nut flush draw and check-raised. Zang was brave enough to move all in which Kenny instantly called. Zang then dodged the spades, securing the win.
Kenney may have failed to claim the title, but he walked away with the biggest poker prize in history. He has now knocked Bonomo off the top spot of the All-Time Money List, with total live earnings now sitting at more than $55 million.