NURLAN81 beats BrynKenney to $244,979 in the Red Spade Open
When Bryn Kenny arrives at the final table of a $55 tournament you've got to say that a lot of the smart money would be backing him to win. He's won some $2,848,699 in online tournaments at PokerStars and $2,267,981 in live tournaments, including a $643,000 3rd place finish behind Eugene Katachalov and Daniel Negreanu in the $100,000 Super High Roller at the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
But as we all know, poker has no respect for titles or acclaim and Kenney was elbowed off this weekend's Red Spade Open final table in 7th position for a $25,721.85 pay day leaving the way open for NURLAN81 to win an incredible $244,979.24 (a mere 4,454 buy-ins).
Red Spade Open final table payouts
1. NURLAN81, Kazakhstan, $244,979.24
2. LoneHixx, Canada, $135,958.35
3. Tswwwwris, Greece, $94,313.45
4. F1sh'N'Chip3, United Kingdom, $67,366.75
5. mafinis, Lithuania, $46,544.30
6. Weekender74, United Kingdom, $33,070.95
7. BrynKenney, Canada, $25,721.85
8. kiki83m, Finland, $18,372.75
9. Behal, Austria, $13,534.59
Actual prize pool: $1,224,850
Playing with a bounty on your head isn't easy. There's all that added equity to suck out on you, let alone factoring in the bragging rights. Knock out a PokerStars sponsored player and not only do you get their chips but you rake in their $100 bounty. Raymond Wu outlasted the suckouts the longest (372nd, $146.98) with hat tips go out to Eugene Katchalov, Liv Boeree, Ana Marquez, Nacho Barbero and Vivian Im who weren't that far behind.
It was another huge success for the Red Spade Open, the fourth held, and it's certainly not going to be the last. Keep your eyes on the PokerStars Blog as we're always the first to break the news.