Daniel Negreanu finished the first day of the PokerGO Tour Super High Roller Bowl in first place, giving himself a great shot at the title and the $3.312 million top prize with 14 players remaining.
The six-time WSOP bracelet winner and two-time WPT champion finished the day with almost three times the average stack, but his run to the top of the leaderboard was undoubtedly kickstarted by a wild hand against another one of the all-time money list leaders in Bryn Kenney.
Kenney started off with a raise to 5,000 from under-the-gun with A A. Negreanu defended his big blind with 3 3, and the two players saw a flop of A 5 4.
Negreanu checked, and Kenney made a continuation bet of 5,000 with his top set. Negreanu held a gutshot to the wheel, and made the call. The turn was the 3, giving Negreanu a set of his own.
He decided to lead for 10,000, and Kenney just called. The river was the 3.
“Oh my god,” said PokerGO commentator Ali Nejad. “This is a 990:1 shot. Unbelievably improbable!”
Negreanu bet 25,000. Kenney raised to 105,000 with his aces full, and then Negreanu moved all in for Kenney’s last 97,000.
Watch the hand below.
Kenney didn’t like it, but since he could still beat hands like pocket fives, pocket fours, and even threes full, he felt he had to call and was quickly shown the bad news. He was sent to the rail early and gave Negreanu plenty of momentum to close out the day.
The New York native, who has $58 million in career tournament earnings, has been battling allegations of cheating for the last six months. He was accused by one of his former horses Martin Zamani of ghosting player accounts and the use of real-time assistance, as well as unconventional lifestyle rules for his stable.
However, Kenney has since been spotted playing online at GGPoker, a site he was supposedly barred from, and he was not named in PokerGO’s recent statement regarding other banned players Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler.
Kenney is having one of his quietist years on the circuit ever. He opened in February with a third-place finish for $96,000 at the PokerGO Cup, but has since cashed just twice for a little over $18,000.
Negreanu has been much more active this year, but has been dealing with his own issues with variance and bad luck. He has lamented his numerous close calls on social media, including just days ago when his own pocket aces were cracked on the money bubble of the Poker Masters $50,000 finale.
You can watch the conclusion of the Super High Roller Bowl on PokerGO.