Bryn Kenney Wins Seminole Hard Rock 'Rock ‘N Roll Poker Open' $25,500 High Roller
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All-time money list leader Bryn Kenney has won the very first Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N Roll Poker Open” $25,500 High Roller for $354,565 after a heads-up deal with Brock Wilson.
“A $25K tournament could run every time you guys have a festival,” Kenney said of the first RRPO High Roller. “There are enough people in Florida who will play and enough pros who come.”
Kenney topped a 45-player field and emerged triumphant from a final table that featured both Jason Mercier and Anthony Zinno.
Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N Roll Poker Open” $25,500 High Roller Final Table Results
*denotes heads-up deal
Players who busted short of the money included Erik Seidel, Rainer Kempe, Anton Wigg, Darren Elias and James Romero.
Final Table Action
According to updates from the event, after the elimination of Lazaro Hernandez in seventh place on Day 1, it was Brock Wilson who began the six-handed final table as chip leader, with Jason Mercier not far behind him.
However, an early double from Bryn Kenney saw him crack the kings of Wilson to move into the lead. There were further doubles from Wilson himself and Jerry Robinson before Andjelko Andrejevic became the first elimination of the final table.
Wilson moved back into the lead after eliminating Anthony Zinno in fifth place. It was a cooler that did for Zinno, both players flopping a flush but Wilson's nut flush had his opponent drawing dead.
Next to go was Mercier, who ran ace-queen into the kings of Kenney to bust in fourth, and Kenney also eliminated the next player, as Robinson got his last 20 big blinds in with king-ten. Robinson rivered a straight, but Kenney had made a flush to bring the tournament to heads-up.
Kenney held a commanding lead, but after an early Wilson double, the two players decided to look at the numbers and agreed to the following deal that would see Kenney crowned champion.
“It was a fun time,” Kenney after the tournament. “I was in New York for Thanksgiving and flew in the morning of the High Roller and played.”
“Two days, 45 players, in a nice city. Great weather and I’m going to the beach now. It’s perfect.”
Will Shillibier is the European Executive Editor for PokerNews and based in the United Kingdom. He started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.