Kennedy Wins $600 KO As Negreanu Finishes Third

Anthony Kennedy denied Daniel Negreanu his seventh WSOP bracelet

Daniel Negreanu came agonizingly close to winning his seventh World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet this week when he finished third in Event #22: $600 NLH Knockout. Negreanu ultimately fell in third place, leaving Anthony “lastbullet” Kennedy to bank some poker gold.

Some 612 players bought into this tournament, which was a freezeout with no re-entries. The likes of Ryan “Adopt_aDoggo” Leng, Ryan “BitC0in” Riess, and Jason “justanenigma” Wheeler were among the starters. Wheeler busted in 10th place to set the final table.

All eyes were on Negreanu as he mounted a charge for his seventh WSOP bracelet.

A short-stacked Jonathan “shvszn” Bolton busted at the hands of Michael “PIEROGI” Ziemba to reduce the player count by one. Jeff “NedrudRelyt” Madsen followed suit, his 9d-9s being no match for Negreanu’s Td-Th.

Ziemba fell in seventh after losing to Paul “rungood27” Scaturro. All the chips went into the middle on the 7h-6s-Ah flop. Ziemba held As-Kc for top pair, but Scaturro held 7s-7d for a set.

Kennedy claimed his first scalp of the final table, that of Matthew “BraceletHUNT” Hunt. Hunt open-shoved for 17.5 big blinds from the button with Qh-Jh. Kennedy looked him up with Ad-Td, and won when the five community cards ran 5s-6h-Ac-4h-3c.

Negreanu sent Ryan “hagzzz021” Hagerty home in fifth place for $9,958, the last four-figure prize of the evening. Negreanu called Hagerty’s 10 big blind shove with Ac-Jh, and found himself against Kh-9h. Jacks on the turn and river won the hand for Negreanu, and sent the recent bracelet winner Hagerty to the showers.

Kennedy Takes Control

Kennedy was in the envious position of chip leader going into four-handed play. Those four became three when Scaturro’s Jd-Tc failed to get there against the ace-king of Ryan “badbeatbill Basile.

Heads-up was set when negreanu fell in third. The last of Negreanu’s chips went in on the turn of the 4s-Qc-4c-2s-Kh board. The six-time bracelet winner held Qs-9h, but Kennedy turned over the dominating Ac-Qh.

That hand gave Kennedy a 7,776,127 to 4,463,873 chip lead over Basile. It did not take him long to hold all the chips in play.

Kennedy min-raised to 400,000 and was called. He made a continuation-bet of 400,000 on the Jd-3h-5d flop, only for Basile the shove for 2,773,873. Kennedy called, and showed 7d-4d; Basile flipped over 6d-4h. The Qd turn completed Kennedy’s flush, rendering the Qs river inconsequential. Game over for Basile, and $46,796 plus a gold bracelet for Kennedy.

2021 WSOP Event #22: $600 NLH Knockout Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Anthony “Lastbullet” Kennedy $46,796
2 Ryan “badbeatbill” Basile $28,708
3 Daniel “DNegs” Negreanu $19,851
4 Paul “rungood27” Scaturro $13,964
5 Ryan “hagzzz021” Hagerty $9,958
6 Matthew “BraceletHUNT” Hunt $7,266
7 Michael “PIEROGI” Ziemba $5,354
8 Jeff “NedrudRelyt” Madsen $4,032
9 Johnathan “shvszn” Bolton $3,084

2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Winners (Event 13-24)

Date Event Entries Re-entries Total entries Prize pool Champion Prize
13-Jul Event #13: $1,000 NLH Freezeout 561 0 561 $504,900 Ryan “Adopt_aDoggo” Leng $108,654
14-Jul Event #14: $500 No-Limit Holdem 673 363 1,036 $466,200 Gionni “COLDWARKID” Demers $90,023
15-Jul Event #15: $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout 188 0 188 $940,000 Justin “Jsaliba2” Saliba 253,800
16-Jul Event #16: $600 PLO8 6-Handed 293 295 498 $268,920 Allen “Acnyc718” Chang $61,394
17-Jul Event #17: $400 NLH 8-Max 747 378 1,125 $405,000 Justin “LappyPoker” Lapka $75,371
18-Jul Event #18: $1,000 NLH North American Open 524 232 756 $692,000 James “Danfriel” Gilbert $137,570
19-Jul Event #19: $888 PLO Crazy Eights 8-Handed 285 222 507 $405,600 Martin “bathroomline” Zamani $92,598
20-Jul Event #20: $3,200 NLH High Roller 221 91 312 $948,480 Sang “youngkoi” Lee $241,768
21-Jul Event #21: $600 PLO 6-handed 281 270 551 $297,540 Bradley “drstrange7” Ruben $69,148
22-Jul Event #22: $600 NLH Knockout 612 0 612 $342,720 Anthony “Lastbullet” Kennedy $46,796
23-Jul Event #23: $500 NLH Turbo 457 237 694 $312,300 Ryan “hagzzz021” Hagerty $67,207
24-Jul Event #24: $400 NLH Monster Stack 826 350 1,176 $423,360 Byung “bhy101” Yoo $77,475

Matthew Pitt

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