AU$10,600 Main Event

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 20,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 8,220,000 AUD
AU$10,600 Main Event
Day 5 Completed

Bryn Kenney Wins 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event After Three-Way Deal

will_shill • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
2019 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion Bryn Kenney
2019 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion Bryn Kenney

In the largest Aussie Millions Main Event in history, Bryn Kenney defeated a field of 822 players and walked away with AU$1,272,598 (US$923,269) after a three-handed deal between him, fellow American Mike Del Vecchio and Australian Andrew Hinrichsen.

Coming into the final table as the short stack, Kenney scored two doubles within the first 50 hands of the day to steady the ship and when play was down to the final three players, Kenney scored another timely double to stay alive.

After over 100 hands of three-handed play, the trio returned from break and agreed to look at the numbers, with Kenney taking home the biggest slice of the remaining prize pool and with it the title, trophy and ANTON Jewelry bracelet.

Here are the revised payouts following the three-handed deal:

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize ( in AUD)Prize (in USD)Deal Prize (in AUD)Prize (in USD)
1Bryn KenneyUnited StatesAU$1,850,000$1,342,175AU$1,272,598*$923,269*
2Mike Del VecchioUnited StatesAU$1,130,000$819,815AU$1,272,162*$922,953*
3Andrew HinrichsenAustraliaAU$662,500$480,644AU$1,097,739*$796,410*
4Clinton TaylorAustraliaAU$483,000$350,417  
5Matthew WakemanAustraliaAU$380,300$275,908  
6Gyeong Byeong LeeKoreaAU$309,000$224,180  
7Hamish CrawshawNew ZealandAU$242,000$175,571  

*denotes deal of the last three players

"I said that I wasn't interested in a deal unless I was going to win," Kenney told PokerNews. "If we were going to play to win, then I'm happy to play to win. But if I'm going to make a deal then I feel like the tournament is sort of over. They were big pay jumps; I've played for this much before, but this must have been the biggest pay jump that they've both ever been involved in."

"It's strange for things sinking in. A lot of times I'll do some incredible feats and I won't think of it as incredible because I judge myself so harshly about playing the best and doing the best I can in every scenario.

"Now it'll be nice to relax, have a week's vacation and just relax a little bit. Just be the champion and not think about poker!"

Mike Del Vecchio
Runner-up Mike Del Vecchio

Runner-up Mike Del Vecchio picked up second place in the deal despite holding the chip lead three-handed, and adds AU$1,272,162 to the AU$370,000 he won for his fifth place finish in the Aussie Millions Main Event last year.

"It's bittersweet," admitted Del Vecchio. "I wanted that trophy more than anything in the world. When we were doing the deal negotiations, he wanted the win and the money. I was like I'm not giving you both. So, in the end, I didn't give him a cent, but it feels bittersweet. I wanted the trophy really badly."

Andrew Hinrichsen
Third-place finisher Andrew Hinrichsen

Finishing in third place was the best-performing Australian at this year's final table Andrew Hinrichsen who rounded out the top three with a seven-figure score of his own, taking home AU$1,097,739, over AU$400,000 more than third place.

"I'm not sure it's sunk in yet. Coming back from break I was expecting to continue battling three-handed. But when it comes to a complete halt like that, there's a bit of you that has this flat feeling.

"But I was very happy to lock up almost second place money as the short stack. I've not played many AU$500,000 poker games before and I don't plan on any time soon!"

Final Table Recap

The seven players resumed play today with Mike Del Vecchio holding the chip lead following a big double late on Day 4. However, his lead was under threat as soon as the first orbit as qualifier Clinton Taylor pulled a ballsy check-shove with bottom pair forcing Del Vecchio to fold top pair.

Taylor was the player catching the eye early on, telling Del Vecchio that he would see the hand later on the stream and that he would find it "very entertaining." He also enjoyed chatting with Bryn Kenney at the table.

Bryn Kenney and Clinton taylor
Bryn Kenney and Clinton Taylor

"I like to talk with people who I don't know about," said Kenney. "We've kind of been going in the wrong direction with players taking it too seriously and making it not fun for people who are here to have fun.

"All poker players have the same kind of lifestyle, just poker, poker, poker. I find it interesting talking with guys who can play for fun because maybe they didn't do the same route as us professionals. They have different skills, but a poker player is still a gamble. They're interesting people who play for fun."

Hamish Crawshaw Eliminated
Hamish Crawshaw eliminated in seventh place

This pot for Taylor shunted the Del Vecchio back into the middle of the pack, and it got worse for Del Vecchio when he ran ace-king into Gyeong Byeong Lee's pocket kings which saw the Korean double back into contention.

With Del Vecchio falling back, the position of chip leader was taken up by Andrew Hinrichsen who was also responsible for the first elimination of the day. The sole Kiwi at the final table was Hamish Crawshaw who called off a four-bet shove holding pocket queens against Hinrichsen who had ace-jack. An ace on the flop was a disaster and Crawshaw had to settle for seventh place and AU$242,000 in prize money.

"It would have been nice to take it down," said Crawshaw. "Sometimes you've just got to get it in and flip for your tournament life with huge amounts of money at stake. It was a surreal experience. Just happy to get this far. Unfortunately, the final table didn't go so well but that's how it is. You've just got to take what's given to you."

Gyeong Byeong Lee
Gyeong Byeong Lee (left) finished in sixth place

Kenney had enjoyed a quiet beginning to the tournament, and after laddering up one spot, he got his chips in the middle with pocket jacks and held against the ace-king of Lee leaving the Korean with four big blinds.

They went in against Hinrichsen two hands later with Lee holding ace-king and looking in good shape against Hinrichsen's jack-ten. That was until a ten appeared on the flop and with no further help, Lee was eliminated in sixth place for AU$309,000.

This stretched Hinrichsen's chip lead to over ten million, as the other players battled for position. One of those players was Matthew Wakeman who was on the bad end of a couple of hands to drop down the counts.

Matthew Wakeman Eliminated
Matthew Wakeman eliminated in fifth place

But when he picked up queens he probably saw a route back into the tournament. That was until his shove was called by Clinton Taylor who had picked up aces. No help for Wakeman saw him eliminated in fifth for AU$380,300.

Four-handed it was Del Vecchio occupying the bottom rung on the chip counts, but he would score a fortuitous double through Taylor. Holding pocket deuces against pocket fours, Del Vecchio flopped a two to double up and send Taylor tumbling down the counts.

Clinton Taylor
Clinton Taylor eliminated in fourth place

Taylor spied a way back into the contest when his ace-king came up against Hinrichsen's pocket nines, but the chip leader turned a straight to eliminate Taylor in fourth place for AU$483,000.

With Taylor's elimination coming in Hand #99 and over one hundred hands remaining until the players agreed to a deal, there was still a lot of poker to play despite Hinrichsen holding almost two-thirds of the chips in play.

"Three-handed you start feeling more emotions," explained Kenney. "You don't wanna come in third once the pay jumps start to get really big."

And boy were the pay jumps big, with almost AU$1,200,000 difference between first and third. But there was no rush to look at the numbers as the players seemed content to play it out.

The three-handed play was a masterclass both in limped pots and "taking it to the streets." Kenney scored a simple double through Del Veccio ace-five vs. king-seven as the two tussled for control between runaway chip leader Hinrichsen.

Feature Table
The final players in action at the feature table

The runaway Australian was finally pegged back in an exciting hand which saw Del Vecchio turn quads but Hinrichsen river the nut straight and pay off Del Vecchio to earn the American a full double, flattening the chip counts somewhat as the American found himself in the chip lead.

There was another level of play with no real breakthrough for any player, and after the trio returned from break, they agreed a deal which handed Kenney the win.

PlayerChip CountDeal Payout (AUD)Deal Payout (USD)
Mike Del Vecchio9,315,000AU$1,272,162*$922,953
Bryn Kenney8,890,000AU$1,272,598*$923,269
Andrew Hinrichsen6,505,000AU$1,097,739*$796,410

"I've had bigger wins than this," said Kenney, "But it's amazing to do it in this city. I've been having a good time with these people. It's by far the most I've ever been asked to take a picture. During the whole tournament every time I'm on a break maybe 2-3 people want to take a picture. That's how poker should be, watching and having a good time.

"It's the best tournament stop in the world. During the summer here you just walk outside on break and it's just nice here. I don't have a complaint about it so I'd recommend anyone to come here next year - every year! It's just a great stop!"

Tags: Andrew HinrichsenAussie MillionsBryn KenneyClinton TaylorGyeong Byeong LeeHamish CrawshawMatthew WakemanMike Del Vecchio

Three-Way Deal Agreed

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

The remaining three players have returned from the break and asked tournament director Joel Williams to look into ICM deal numbers. After a few minutes, they shook hands and Bryn Kenney emerged as the champion despite having two big blinds fewer than Mike Del Vecchio.

The winner presentation takes place shortly on the live stream and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Three-way deal numbers

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize ( in AUD)Prize (in USD)Deal Prize (in AUD)Prize (in USD)
1Bryn KenneyUnited StatesAU$1,850,000$1,342,175AU$1,272,598*$923,269*
2Mike Del VecchioUnited StatesAU$1,130,000$819,815AU$1,272,162*$922,953*
3Andrew HinrichsenAustraliaAU$662,500$480,644AU$1,097,739*$796,410*

Tags: Andrew HinrichsenBryn KenneyJoel WilliamsMike Del Vecchio

Hands #203-208: Del Vecchio into the Chip Lead After Flopping Trips

will_shill • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Hand #203: Bryn Kenney limped in the small blind with {5-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} and Mike Del Vecchio checked his big blind with {8-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}.

Kenney bet 160,000 and Del Vecchio called. The pair checked the {8-Spades} turn and {j-Spades} river and Del Vecchio took down the pot.

Hand #204: Del Vecchio limped in the big blind with {10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} and Andrew Hinrichsen checked his big blind with {9-Spades}{7-Diamonds}. The flop came {5-Clubs}{a-Spades}{5-Clubs} and Del Vecchio bet 180,000. Hinrichsen raised to 540,000 and Del Vecchio folded.

Hand #205: Kenney got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #206: Del Vecchio got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #207: Kenney raised to 350,000 with {5-Spades}{4-Diamonds} and Hinrichsen defended his big blind with {5-Hearts}{3-Hearts}. The flop came {4-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{k-Spades} and Hinrichsen check-called 275,000. The turn was the {4-Clubs}. Hinrichsen check-folded to a bet of 685,000.

Hand #208: Del Vecchio raised to 350,000 with {a-Spades}{j-Clubs} in the button. Kenney three-bet with {q-Diamonds}{6-Spades} from the big blind to 1,245,000 and Del Vecchio called.

The flop came {8-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} and Kenney check-folded to a bet of 800,000.

Mike Del Vecchio us 9,315,000 655,000
Bryn Kenney us 8,890,000 -505,000
Andrew Hinrichsen au 6,505,000 145,000

Tags: Bryn KenneyMike Del Vecchio

Hands #198-202: Kenney and Del Vecchio Almost Even

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Hand #198: A walk for Bryn Kenney with the {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}.

Hand #199: Andrew Hinrichsen raised to 350,000 on the button with the {K-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} and Kenney jammed the small blind with the {Q-Spades}{J-Spades} to force a fold from Mike Del Vecchio with the {K-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} in the big blind and initial raiser Hinrichsen.

Hand #200: Del Vecchio limped the small blind with {9-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and Hinrichsen checked the big blind with {10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}. The {K-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{6-Clubs} flop gave Hinrichsen a flushdraw and Del Vecchio bet the minimum, Hinrichsen called. On the {9-Hearts} turn, Del Vecchio check-called a bet and they created a pot of 1.3 million to the {5-Clubs} river. Del Vecchio checked and Hinrichsen bet 1,500,000, which eventually resulted in the fold of Del Vecchio.

Hand #201: Del Vecchio opened the button to 350,000 with {10-Hearts}{9-Clubs} and Hinrichsen folded {K-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} in the small blind, Kenney came along from the big blind with {2-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and the {J-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} flop was checked by Kenne, Del Vecchio bet 275,000 and Kenney called. The {8-Hearts} came on the turn and Kenney checked once more, Del Vecchio with his open-ended straight draw bet 1,100,000 and that shut down all further action.

Hand #202: Kenney limped the small blind with {7-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} and Del Vecchio checked in the big blind with {9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}. The {A-Clubs}{6-Spades}{5-Spades} flop brought a bet of 160,000 by Kenney and the call of Del Vecchio followed. After the {8-Spades} turn, Kenney checked and so did Del Vecchio.

The {J-Spades} on the river was checked through and Del Vecchio nearly evened out the stack sizes at the top of the counts.

Bryn Kenney us 9,395,000 -195,000
Mike Del Vecchio us 8,660,000 185,000
Andrew Hinrichsen au 6,360,000 -10,000

Tags: Andrew HinrichsenBryn KenneyMike Del Vecchio

Hands #194-197: Pot for Everyone

will_shill • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
Feature Table
Feature Table

Hand #194: Mike Del Vecchio limped in the small blind with {q-Hearts}{7-Clubs} and Andrew Hinrichsen checked his big blind with {10-Hearts}{2-Clubs}.

The flop came {6-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} and Del Vecchio bet 240,000. The last remaining Australian at the table called and the turn was the {2-Diamonds}.

Del Vecchio checked and Hinrichsen bet 350,000 having turned two pair. Del Vecchio folded.

Hand #195: Del Vecchio raised to 350,000 with {a-Spades}{j-Spades} and took down the blinds and antes.

Hand #196: Bryn Kenney limped {k-Diamonds}{8-Spades} in the small blind and Del Vecchio checked {10-Diamonds}{5-Spades} in the big blind. The flop came {9-Spades}{j-Hearts}{k-Spades} Kenney bet 160,000 and Del Vecchio called.

The turn {8-Hearts} and Kenney bet 545,000. Del Vecchio called and the river was the {7-Spades}. Kenney bet 885,000 and Del Vecchio called with his straight.

Hand #197: Kenney held {a-Spades}{7-Hearts} on the button and Hinrichsen checked the big blind with {q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}.

The pair checked the {6-Spades}{j-Spades}{5-Clubs}{k-Spades} board and the {9-Spades} came on the river. Hinrichsen checked and Kenney bet 1,385,000. Hinrichsen folded and Kenney took down the pot.

Bryn Kenney us 9,590,000 -1,660,000
Mike Del Vecchio us 8,475,000 1,630,000
Andrew Hinrichsen au 6,370,000 30,000

Tags: Andrew HinrichsenMike Del VecchioBryn Kenney

Hands #189-193: The Kicker Plays for Del Vecchio

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
Mike Del Vecchio
Mike Del Vecchio

Hand #189: Andrew Hinrichsen limped in the small blind with the {K-Hearts}{8-Hearts} and Bryn Kenney raised to 450,000 in the big blind with {A-Hearts}{J-Spades}. Hinrichsen limp-shoved for 6,410,000 and Kenney folded after plenty of consideration.

Hand #190: Kenney limped {Q-Clubs}{4-Spades} and Mike Del Vecchio checked the {K-Spades}{5-Diamonds}. They checked the {K-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{3-Spades} flop and the {8-Spades} turn brought a check by Kenney, Del Vecchio bet and a quick fold followed.

Hand #191: Kenney raised the button with {K-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and won the blinds and antes.

Hand #192: Hinrichsen limped in with {A-Spades}{7-Spades} and Kenney checked the {J-Spades}{5-Spades}. On the {Q-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{3-Spades} flop, Hinrichsen check-folded to a bet.

Hand #193: Kenney limped {7-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Mike Del Vecchio checked the {10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. Kenney bet the {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} flop for 160,000 and Del Vecchio called, both picked up big draws with the {8-Clubs} turn. Kenney bet for 390,000 and Del Vecchio called to see the {6-Diamonds} on the river. Kenney bet 685,000 and Del Vecchio called to win the pot with the slightly better kicker.

Bryn Kenney us 11,250,000 -1,135,000
Mike Del Vecchio us 6,845,000 405,000
Andrew Hinrichsen au 6,340,000 -70,000

Tags: Andrew HinrichsenBryn KenneyMike Del Vecchio

Hands #184-188: No Sign of a Breakthrough

will_shill • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Hand #184: Blind on blind Bryn Kenney bet 225,000 with {q-Diamonds}{5-Spades} on a {7-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{q-Spades} flop and Mike Del Vecchio raised to 650,000 with {9-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. Kenney called.

The turn brought the {2-Diamonds}. Kenney checked and Del Vecchio bet 1,060,000. Kenney called and the river was the {3-Hearts}. Kenney checked again and Del Vecchio bet 2,240,000.

Kenney called and took down the pot.

Hand #185: Del Vecchio limped {k-Clubs}{9-Spades} in the small blind and Andrew Hinrichsen checked his big blind with {q-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. The flop was {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}{3-Spades} and both players checked. The turn brought the {7-Hearts} and Del Vecchio bet 220,000. Hinrichsen folded.

Hand #186: Del Vecchio opened {k-Spades}{q-Diamonds} and got calls from Hinrichsen {a-Spades}{3-Spades} and Kenney {9-Clubs}{7-Hearts} in the blinds. Hinrichsen checked a {6-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop and Kenney bet 445,000, taking down the pot.

Hand #187: Kenney limped {k-Spades}{4-Diamonds} in the small blind and Del Vecchio checked {k-Clubs}{5-Spades} in the big blind. The flop of {3-Hearts}{8-Spades}{7-Spades} was checked by both players and the turn was the {9-Spades} giving both players a flush draw.

Kenney check-called 280,000 from Del Vecchio and the river was the {9-Diamonds}. Both players checked and they chopped the pot.

Hand #188: Bryn Kenney opened from the button with {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts} and took down the pot.

Bryn Kenney us 12,385,000 4,690,000
Mike Del Vecchio us 6,440,000 -3,000,000
Andrew Hinrichsen au 6,410,000 -990,000

Tags: Andrew HinrichsenBryn KenneyMike Del Vecchio

Hands #179-183: Hinrichsen Gets Value From Kenney

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Hand #179: Mike Del Vecchio limped the small blind with {A-Diamonds}{6-Spades} and Andrew Hinrichsen checked the big blind with {A-Hearts}{9-Spades}. The {Q-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} flop gave Del Vecchio bottom pair, which he bet for 160,000 and Hinrichsen folded.

Hand #180: A walk for Bryn Kenney.

Hand #181: Hinrichsen raised the button to 350,000 with {A-Hearts}{8-Spades} and Del Vecchio three-bet to 1,100,000 with {5-Spades}{4-Spades}, Hinrichsen folded after very brief consideration.

Hand #182: Kenney raised the {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} on the button to 350,000 and Hinrichsen called with {Q-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} in the big blind. The {K-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop was checked and both players improved to a flush on the {3-Diamonds} turn. Hinrichsen bet 300,000 and Kenney called. On the {3-Spades} river, Hinrichsen opted for a bet of 650,000 and Kenney paid it off to award the urgently needed pot to the Aussie.

Hand #183: Hinrichsen in the small blind limped the {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs} and Kenney checked with {K-Clubs}{5-Spades} in the big blind. The flop came {Q-Spades}{8-Hearts}{6-Clubs} and Hinrichsen checked, as did Kenney. Same applied for the {2-Clubs} turn and {10-Hearts} river, and Hinrichsen scooped the second pot in the row.

Mike Del Vecchio us 9,440,000 450,000
Bryn Kenney us 7,695,000 -1,480,000
Andrew Hinrichsen au 7,400,000 680,000

Tags: Andrew HinrichsenMike Del VecchioBryn Kenney