Harder Wins Championship, Kenney Crushes Bahamas Again
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Christian Harder emerged as the PSC Bahamas Main Event champ after making a deal with anf then defeating November Niner Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy heads-up.
Meanwhile, Bryn Kenney capped off another amazing run in the Bahamas with two victories in a week, including one in the $50k Single-Day High Roller.
Harder Beats JohnnyBax for First Ever PSC Bahamas Main Event Title
The Main Event of the first ever PSC Bahamas kicked off on Jan. 8 with a field of 738 total entries. Ultimately the contest would come down to one of the game's best-known backers and one of his former horses.
2016 WSOP November Niner Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy made the final six of this event but started as the short stack. Canadian Michael Gentili came into the final table as chip leader with Harder just a slight bit behind.
Both were seeking their first major live poker title. Gentilli finished 2nd in the $5k NL Event at the 2016 World Series of Poker.
Also joining them at the final table was former WPT Champion Michael Vela. Vela was the 2nd shortest stack at the start of final table play. Fortune smiled on the short stacks at the final table as Vela and Josephy found themselves in the top three.
Vela fell in third place when his pair of sixes were no match for a rivered flush for Josephy. His 3rd-place prize of $259,980 is his largest since winning the 2007 WPT World Poker Finals.
Harder was the chip leader at the start of heads-up play but Josephy was not far behind. The pair decided to cut a chip deal with Harder receiving a slightly better payday.
They left $10k and the trophy to play for. Heads-up didn't take long afterwards as Josephy continually had kicker problems as exhibited in the final hand. Josephy shoved with A-8 but Harder woke up with A-J. The board missed Josephy and Harder took the title.
Harder took his first major live poker title at the PSC Bahamas Main Event. In addition to the trophy he took home $429,664.
At one point in his career Harder was backed by Josephy. Several years and $4.2 million later, he is one of the most well known players in the game.
Bryn Kenney Wins Two Events in a Week
Bryn Kenney has always loved playing poker in the Bahamas. He has 11 cashes for his career with several big high roller scores among them and well over $5m in earnings..
This past week Kenney took down two more events. The first of his two victories came in the $50k Single-Day High Roller last Monday.
Kenney made the final table after he had made the final table of the $100k Super High Roller but busted in 7th for just over $275k.
This time around, he crushed it. He outlasted Ben Tollerene, Dan Colman, Byron Kaverman and then Mustapha Kanit heads-up to take the title and $969,075.
Two days later Kenney found himself at the final table of the $25k NL Shot Clock single day event. Mike Watson, Bill Perkins and Dario Sammartino all joined Kenney at the final.
Ultimately it came down to Kenney and Sammartino for the title. The pair did a chip deal and played it out for the title. Kenney came out on top for his second spade trophy in a week and $392,876 in prize money.
It was almost three in a week for Kenney as he also made the final table of the $10k NL Turbo Super Knockout event. Sammartino and Kanit also made the final but fell short of heads-up play.
Mike Leah and Kenney faced off for the title but Kenney couldn't make it three in a row. Leah walked away with the title and $52,740.
Kenney's amazing run at the PSC Bahamas has him off to a monster start in 2017. He already has $1.7 million in earnings.