ANZPT7 Melbourne Day 3: From online anonymity to impressive live runs
"Who is kennl?"
That was a common question among the online poker community, with forum posts inquiring about his identity dating back to 2009.
No one knew who was behind the infamous online avatar, but he had gained notoriety for crushing MTTs and giving regulars a hard time on the virtual felt.
"Does he hang around PocketFives? The dude is an absolute monster" read one of the posts.
Tournament specialist Jesse McKenzie was in town this week for the Main Event and nice enough to fill us in a little more on kennl. He said that the online crusher was also in the field here for ANZPT Melbourne, and goes by the name Kenn Langcake. McKenzie also told us that this was Langcake's first time playing a live event.
"He's from South Africa here on holiday and this is his first live tournament. No one knew who he was back in the day, just that he was a beast online." McKenzie said.
Things started adding up when Langcake made a late charge yesterday to end up on top of the chip leaderboard. He would bust Minh Nguyen in the final hand of the night to bag up 440,500 at the conclusion of play.
By all reports it seems that not only is Langcake one to watch at the tables, but also a genuinely nice guy. The same forum threads asking about his identity also attested to his friendliness at the tables. 2015 Aussie Millions final tablist Anthony Legg seemed to share similar sentiments.
"He's a family man and a really top bloke. I got the chance to go out with him the other night and he was buying tequila shots for everyone" Legg said with a laugh.
With only 31 players remaining here Langcake has already guaranteed himself a payday and will be hunting the $261,200 first place prize. We'll be watching him closely as the day progresses to see if he can make it through to our final seven. He is well on his way and one thing is for sure, McKenzie was right when he tweeted,
"Who is kennl? Y'all bout to find out."