PCA 2016: Kenney leads star-studded Super High Roller final
Get ready to be entertained, because the 2016 PCA Super High Roller final table is going to be a good one. While it just missed out on the chance of having two business tycoons on the TV stage, the remaining six players are ready to put on a show.
After a late surge that saw him devour Daniel Dvoress' chip lead, Bryn Kenney leads the pack with 3,820,000 (76 big blinds). Dvoress had a chip lead with an hour to go in the day, but then ran some good hands into better hands, including Kenney's pocket kings.
While Kenney has a good lead, he will have his hands full with the likes of Ankush Mandavia. Known as Pistons87 online, Mandavia is a brutal player with a longtime reputation as an online force. With both WCOOP and SCOOP titles to his name, Mandavia sits on 3,360,000 (half of that also belonged to Dvoress in the waning hours of the the game).
Still not excited? Then how about we add the newest World Series of Poker Main Event champion, Joe McKeehen. Just a couple months removed from winning poker's biggest game, McKeehen showed up here with the same form. He is sitting on 2,805,000.
Rounding out the final six are David Peters (2,805,000) who is straight off a runner-up finish in the Philippines $200,000 Super High Roller, Ike Haxton (1,395,000) who made his first-ever live cash here as runner-up in the 2007 Main Event, and Mustapha Kanit (1,030,000) who is eight months into a rush that saw him win the SCOOP $10K Main Event and two EPT High Roller events.
Here's what they will be playing for:
|Bryn Kenney||United States||3,820,000|
|Ankush Mandavia||United States||3,360,000|
|Joe McKeehen||United States||2,805,000|
|David Peters||United States||2,085,000|
|Isaac Haxton||United States||1,395,000|
It was almost even more entertaining. After dinner tonight, two titans of the business world were still in the field and stood a chance to make it under the TV lights.
Business mogul Bill Perkins made this a fun tournament for all. Not only did he buy in for a total for $400,000, but he also nearly made it to the final table. He did so while inspiring some of the best conversation we've heard in a Super High Roller. In the end, Perkins couldn't win back his nearly half-million after busting in tenth place.
That set up a money bubble that was apparently made of poor material this year. It took just minutes for Nick Petrangelo to run his pocket tens into McKeehen's pocket kings and get the rest of the players into the money.
That set up a good hour of tense poker as the remaining runners fought to see who could come back to play tomorrow for the big money. The fight ended for Kathy Lehne when, after getting short-stacked, she shoved her pocket tens into Ankush Mandavia's pocket queens and Daniel Dvoress' pocket jacks. The queens held, and Lehne went out in eight place for $225,040.
Dvoress' day got worse after that when he ran pocket queens into Kenney's kings. Dvoress banked $286,920 for his effort.
If you want to see how the rest of the day played out, feel free to have a look back at our Day 2 live updates.
Friday looks to be a monster day here in the poker room. The Super High Rollers will take to the TV stage for the first live stream of the 2016 PCA. Play is scheduled to begin at 1pm with full coverage and a live stream at 2pm.
As if that wasn't enough, the record-breaking LAPT Bahamas event will come back for Day 2. That doesn't even begin to address the start of the 2016 PCA Main Event which kicks off at noon local time.
We will have live updates on all of those events, not to mention our coverage of the countless PCA side events.
Join us Friday as we see whether our servers can handle one of the biggest days of the PCA.
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Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging.