New York native Bryn Kenney has less than a month before he goes wire-to-wire in this year’s GPI Player of the Year race after having tenaciously maintained a slight lead over opponent Adrian Mateos. Kenney began 2017 with an exemplary performance at the PokerStars Championship hosted in the Bahamas – he won two events and cashed in four others, raking in a whopping $1.8 million in tournament prizes during the entire run of the poker series.
In February’s Triton Super High Roller event held in the Philippines, Bryn Kenney went on to win $501,000 for attaining the 4th place position. It did not stop there though – in April he bagged an additional $25,000 buy-in Aria high roller for $300,000 and then he proceeded to scoop his biggest score of $1.95 million by winning the PokerStars Championship Super High Roller that was hosted in Monte Carlo in the same month. August was another great month for the poker pro after he got to the 2nd place and earned himself in the PokerStars Championship Barcelona event. To top it all off, in September he also managed to garner $960,000 in the Poker Masters Event #3.
So far, in 2017 Kenney tournament wins sums up to 28 and on Monday he successfully transcended 2017 WSOP Main Event champion Scott Blumstein to become one of the players with the most tournament wins in 2017 – this he did by taking 3rd place in a $10,000 NLHE for $44,800 at the WPT Five Diamond World Classic at Bellagio. Spanish high-roller, Mateos proves to be a formidable foe in this regard with a total of 30 tournament cashes in 2017, his biggest score being $988,924 for garnering 1st place in the $50,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em 8-max event in April at the PokerStars Championship held in Monte Carlo. Thursday saw Kenney garner 6th place for another $234,000 at the WPT Five Diamond $100,000 Super High Roller – this win takes his 2017 winnings higher to over $8.4 million.
A Tough Race Ahead
Kenney’s dominance in high-stakes circles are hardly enough to emerge the victor of the GPI Player of the Year race since he is just slightly above Adrian Mateos’ 3,376.74 points – Kenney had accumulated 3,478.06 points by the 1st day of December. Also hot on their heels are Stephen Chidwick with 3,280.21 points, Koray Aldemir with 3,197.38 and Nick Pietrangelo with 3,134.62 – which obviously implies stiff and action-packed competition in coming weeks.
Despite 2017 being a truly outstanding year for Kenney, he will need to guard his shoulders if he is going to maintain his record. Nothing is decided at the moment since December also happens to be the same month when the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic event is held alongside the highly anticipated PokerStars Championship to be hosted in Prague.