Bryn Kenney & Krish Menon Clash in $900K+ Pot on New High Stakes Poker
The latest episode of High Stakes Poker saw the largest pot of the season as Krish Menon and Bryn Kenney managed to put over $900,000 into the middle in a sick hand, and there were no chops this time around.
Although we are yet to see a seven-figure pot, this one came pretty close, and with how things have been developing on the felt, there is no reason to think this record will remain intact.
The new episode continued where the last one left off, with the ‘amateurs’ seated on the right side of the table battling it out against the pros.
The game started six-handed with Dwan, Adelstein, Antonius, and Kenney carrying the banner for the team pro and Eric Persson, Krish Menon, and Stanley Tang balancing things out. Later in the night, a former pro John Andress filled in the final seat.
It was an exciting and action-filled session, culminating in that massive pot between Kenney and always-unpredictable Krish Menon.
Menon Outflops Dwan, Misses River Value
There were quite a few six-figure pots on the new HSP episode, so it wasn’t easy to pick the most interesting ones. Overall, the recs put up a good fight, and Menon was the most active one, involved in many pots.
In one of these hands, Tom Dwan kicked things off with J♥8♥. Adelstein decided to just call with A♣Q♠, prompting Menon to 3-bet from the cutoff, making it $13,000 with K♠J♠.
Both players called, proceeding to the flop in a pot that ballooned over $41,000. The dealer revealed J♣3♦2♠, giving Dwan and Menon the top pair. Krish continued with the bet of $16,000, and Tom called.
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The turn came 7♣, not changing the texture much, so after Dwan checked, Menon fired for value once again, betting $35,000. After a short deliberation, Dwan proceeded to match the bet.
When 5♠ fell on the river and Dwan checked for the third time, Krish surprisingly decided not to go for a river bet and checked back instead, winning a nice $143,500 pot but probably missing out on some value.
Adelstein’s Bad Run Continues
Garrett Adelstein has had it rough on the last few episodes of High Stakes Poker as nothing has gone his way.
It seems poker gods aren’t done having their fun just yet, as Garrett found himself on the wrong side of a big bluff once again, running into the top of Andress’ range.
The hand started with Andress opening to $3,000 from the cutoff with 6♦5♥ and Garrett 3-betting from the button holding Q♣10♥.
John was the only one to make the call, and the two saw the flop of J♦6♠6♣.
Andress flopped trips, and Adelstein decided this was a great spot to put the maximum pressure on his opponent, starting with an $8,000 continuation bet on the flop.
John made a quick call, hiding the strength of his hand, and the turn came 7♥. After Andress checked, Garrett decided to slow down and check behind.
The river was K♠, not changing anything with regards to the actual players’ holdings, but it was the card much better for Garrett’s range. So, when John found the check once again, Adelstein went for his trademark big river bet, making it $40,000.
After a minute or so of deliberation, Andress finally sprung the trap, raising to $150,000, and the expression on Garrett’s face as he folded his queen-high said it all.
Persson’s Shenanigans Get Him Out of Trouble
Eric Persson has been one of the more colorful characters on this season of High Stakes Poker, not just because of his willingness to gamble but also for his speech play routine against the pros.
This time around, Eric worked his ‘magic’ against Adelstein, and, somehow, it helped him save a fair bit of money.
In the hand in question, both players flopped big, with Adelstein making the bottom set with a pair of fives and Eric holding the top two on the board of K♣7♣5♣.
Persson was out of position and led into Garrett on the flop and on the 2♠ turn, with Adelstein just calling both times, possibly confused by Persson’s constant talking.
When the river came J♠, Eric decided to check after a short while, and Garrett, after giving it some thought, prepared the pot-sized bet of $75,000. But before he could actually release the chips, Persson threw in one white chip, indicating he was calling.
This confused everyone, and Adelstein, who still hadn’t made his bet, put the chips back in his stack. He knew Eric was now pretty much obligated to call at least $75,000, but his willingness to do so without any deliberation gave the pro a pause.
After a little while, Garrett finally decided this was too strange of a situation and checked his option, winning a $73,000 pot with his set of 5s, but Eric’s unorthodox move cost him another $75K.
Menon’s Stubbornness Wins Him a Huge Pot
There are many things one can say about Krish Menon’s play, but the man certainly doesn’t lack dedication. Once Krish decides he’ll win the pot, he’ll win the pot – or lose his stack trying.
And, apparently, poker gods like to sometimes reward this dedication with shocking rivers.
With the $2,000 straddle in play, Menon opened the action to $7,000 holding 7♥7♦. Bryn Kenney on the button decided to go for a 3-bet of $20,000 with 9♣6♣.
Menon made the standard call, and the two proceeded to see the flop with about $450,000 per player left to play for.
The flop came a magic one for Bryn, who decided to 3-bet with a weak hand as it fell 6♠6♦5♥, giving him well-disguised trips.
Krish played in flow and checked over to Kenney, who bet out for $30,000. Menon quickly called, and the turn paired the board once again as it came 5♠.
Once again, Menon checked, and Bryn, holding the effective nuts, bet out for $80,000. It was at this point that Krish decided this was a good spot to represent exactly the kind of hand Kenney was holding, and he check-raised the pro to $200,000.
It looked like Menon was about to light up half a million dollars as Bryn was never folding here. Having no incentive to raise and give Krish a chance to get away from his bluffs, Kenney called.
And then, the dealer burned and turned the final card, which came 7♣ – one of only two outs Menon could catch to improve to a better full house.
With only slightly over $200,000 left to play for, Krish moved all-in and Bryn snap-called, expecting to win or perhaps chop the pot.
But Menon then turned over his pocket sevens, and the entire table went silent, realizing what had just happened.
Making a very wrong play at a very right time, Krish Menon won himself a $934,000 pot – the biggest one on this season of High Stakes Poker. And, while we may see some bigger pots in the future, it’s hard to imagine they’ll be much sicker than this one!