PCA2016: $100K Super High Roller final table player profiles
Here is some more information about the six men aiming for glory at the 2016 $100K PCA Super High Roller final table.
Seat 1: Bryn Kenney, 29, United States, 3,820,000 chips
The chip leader of the final table is Super High Roller regular Bryn Kenney, making a third appearance at a final in this precise event. Both previous visits have ended in third-place finishes, earning the 29-year-old from Long Beach, Calif., $643,000 (in 2011) and $873,880 in 2014. Kenney's live tournament winnings exceed $6.7 million, but he is also a well-known online tournament beast, with a profit on PokerStars of more than $1 million. Kenney's biggest online payday came during the 2013 WCOOP, where he took $350,000 for a runner-up finish in a $2,000 hold'em event. He also has a SCOOP title under his belt after winning the $2,000 turbo zoom hold'em in 2014 for another $160,000.
Seat 2: Isaac Haxton, 30, United States, 1,395,000 chips
Although Isaac Haxton is the elder statesman of the final table - and at 30 that's quite scary - this is actually his first Super High Roller final on either the EPT or at the PCA. Despite that omission from his resume, Haxton, who now lives in Malta, has been to final tables at equivalent events in Asia and Australia, which contribute to live tournament cashes of more than $10 million. The PCA was actually where it all began for Haxton: He recorded his first live cash in the 2007 Main Event here, winning $861,789 as runner up to Ryan Daut.
Seat 3: David Peters, 28, United States, 2,085,000 chips
There has been a lot of attention given to Fedor Holz's incredible run over the past few weeks, but the similar feats of David Peters have largely gone unnoticed. Peters was runner-up to Holz in the $200,000 buy-in event in the Philippines (good for more than $2.3 million) and he also won a $25,000 High Roller event in Las Vegas in late December, earning a further $426,240. Twelve months ago the 28-year-old from Toledo, Ohio, bubbled this event at the PCA but he's got that particularl monkey off his back this year and his cash in this event has taken his live tournament cashes over the $10 million mark. Today he has the chance to add a Super High Roller title to the EPT High Roller title he won in Malta in March of last year.
Seat 4: Joe McKeehen, 24, United States, 2,805,000 chips
Joe McKeehen is on a hot streak and comes to the PCA only a couple of months after becoming poker's latest world champion, leading the WSOP Main Event final table from wire to wire. This is his first ever EPT Super High Roller tournament and he's proving that his WSOP victory was no fluke. McKeehen's first tournament win came at the PCA back in 2012 when he won a $2,000 hold'em turbo event for $116,230 and in the same year he finished 10th in the $10,000 six-max High Roller. Poker is not the only game in which McKeehen, who comes from Pennsylvania, is world champion. In 2010 he won the world championship in the board game Risk.
Seat 5: Ankush Mandavia, 28, United States, 3,360,000 chips
Arguably best known by his online moniker "pistons87", Ankush Mandavia is one of poker's true all-rounders having conquered cash games, transitioned to high stakes sit-and-go tournaments and won both WCOOP and SCOOP titles.
Although a major live result has so far eluded him, he has already guaranteed his largest live payout in this event, only three weeks after setting a new mark. He finished fifth in the $100,000 WPT Alpha8 in Las Vegas last month for more than $300,000.
Seat 6: Mustapaha Kanit, 24, Italy, 1,030,000 chips
Mustapha Kanit can complete a remarkable treble if he wins the Super High Roller event today. Over the past seven months, he has also won an EPT Single-Day Super High Roller event in Monte Carlo and a €10,000 High Roller tournament in Barcelona in August, titles worth €936,500 and €738,759 respectively. He now has live winnings that total more than $5 million. Kanit is always an entertaining presence at the live table, but he can also cut it in the online arena having racked up more than $4 million in cashes at the virtual felt including the $10,000 SCOOP Main Event in 2015. That was his second SCOOP title.