Jan Suchanek was in the cutoff and opened with a raise. Bryn Kenney came over the top with a three-bet to an unknown amount and Suchanek replied by fourbetting the action to 80,000. Kenney called.
The flop came down and Suchanek continued for 120,000. Kenney called and the fell on the turn. Suchanek slowed with a check, Kenney fired 150,000, and Suchanek kicked his cards into the muck. Kenney picked up the pot and with the chips crossed over the million-chip mark.
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Daniel Zack raised to 15,000 from the cutoff and found calls from Jan Suchanek on the button and Fabio Coppola in the big blind. The flop came down and Coppola instantly moved all in for his last 26,000. Zack called and Suchanek folded, allowing for the hands to be turned up.
Coppola flopped bottom set and was in the lead heading to the turn. He retained his lead through the and the , allowing him to double to about 100,000.
Fabio Coppola raised from the button and found calls from both Andrey Zaichenko in the small blind and Daniel Zack from the big blind. On the first draw, Zaichenko picked up two new cards while Zack and Coppola pulled just one. All three players checked and drew the same amounts on the second draw. Action checked around to Coppola and he led out with a bet. Zaichenko called and Zack let it go.
For the third draw, both Zaichenko and Coppola pulled one new card. Action checked around and Coppola showed . It was no good, however, as Zaichenko held for a better jack-low. With this hit, Coppola is now down to just 40,000.
Bryn Kenney popped it up from the button only to have Fabio Coppola make it three bets from the small blind. Kenney called and the two took to the draws together.
Coppola stood pat on the first draw while Kenney pulled two. Coppola continued out, Kenney called, and the same actions happened on the second draw. Coppola continued his aggression with another bet only to have Kenney come over the top. Coppola called and both players stood pat on the final draw. Coppola check-called a bet from Kenney and then mucked his cards after Kenney showed a winning .
Bryn Kenney raised the hijack and Jan Suchanek called out of the big blind. Suchanek pulled two on the draw while Kenney opted for just one. Suchanek checked, Kenney fired, and Suchanek came over the top with a check-raise. Kenney called and the two were off to the second draw.
Suchanek took one new card on the second draw while Kenney stood pat. Suchanek check-called a bet from Kenney and both players stood pat on the final draw. Action checked around and Suchanek showed for a winning eighty-seven.
Bryn Kenney came into the World Series of Poker this summer after losing quite a bit of weight and living a more healthy lifestyle. He is focused and playing well which has resulted in his best career-WSOP finishes to date. With a fourth-place finish in Event #24: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed, a fifth-place in Event #34: $1,500 Seven Card Stud plus another deep run, Kenney is looking to secure his first gold bracelet today in one of his favorite game formats.
We caught up with Kenney as the final five players went on their first break of the day.
PokerNews: What is about this tournament that appeals to you?
Bryn Kenney: It’s been a very fun tournament. I play eight-game online and ten-game tournaments are really fun. I made sure to play this one, I didn’t even play the Little One for One Drop because I have been looking forward to this one.
The only other time I played this tournament was in 2012, I had four-times the average stack with ten players left. I was involved in a pot with Vanessa [Selbst] and she had a 40% chance against me for all the chips. She went on to win and now I am trying to get my revenge.
You have had your best WSOP finishes this year, why is that?
I am in a better mindset this summer. Usually at the WSOP, I am staking people and giving people money. That means I am worrying about other people and not necessarily myself. I decided to cut that out. I am much healthier this year and eating better and my mind is in a better place.
There has been some talk about your weight loss and your overall healthy lifestyle. How has that made a difference for you at the table?
I am feeling better when I wake up in the morning and throughout the entire day. That means I am probably playing better also. My mind is strong, so I would definitely say being in better shape is helping.
How do you like your chances today?
Well, I have almost half the chips in play and we are down to five players. I have more experience than everyone at the table by far. I love my chances and hopefully I can take it down.