Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the highstakes online tables, alleged poker cheat Bryn Kenney has re-appeared on GGPoker, making it to the final table of the SuperMillion$ this week...
Kenney was at the centre of a massive cheating storm earlier this year when he was accused of everything from ghosting and collusion to abusing his “horses”, with the bizarre use of shamans and frog poison thrown into the mix for good measure.
In a lengthy Twitter thread, Florida pro Martin Zamani made a number of incredible allegations against Kenney, including:
- Stealing agencies from friends
- Using shamans and even frog poison on players
- Forcing players to drop stakes for not following Kenney’s own alleged bizarre lifestyle
Although the Long Beach-born pro denied all these allegations in what was described as a “trainwreck” interview with PokerNews, screeds of information were later released that blew many of his denials out of the water.
On the back of the allegations against Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler, both of whom were among scores banned by GGPoker for RTA-use and other breaches of the site’s T&Cs, many believed Kenney was another who wouldn’t be welcome on the site.
In the earlier interview with Sarah Herring, Kenney stated of his deal with GGPoker: “I started out as an ambassador and translated that into more of an affiliate deal, and...influenced and advised them on the tournaments, guarantees, satellite schedules...”
Kenney refuted claims he was fired from his role with GGPoker, stating: “I wasn’t dropped as an ambassador, my account on GG is still live, it’s never been frozen/suspended at any time...” This despite allegations that he owed GGPoker $24million...
It appears that Kenney is indeed welcome on the site, making it to the final table of the SuperMillion$ where he ran his short stack up to a second-place finish, edged out by Sebastian “Weizen” Gaehl for the title.
Incredibly, Kenney’s return to the GGPoker arena comes just weeks after the site introduced the launch of the Poker Integrity Council (PIC), with Jason Koon named as a GGPoker Integrity Ambassador.
Koon will be joined by Seth Davies, Fedor Holz, Andrew Lichtenberger, and Nick Petrangelo, the quintet given the job of reviewing hand histories of suspicious behaviour.
That behaviour will include suspected collusion, ghosting, botting, and RTA-use, and they will then vote on whether disciplinary action is required or not. This could lead to a simple warning, account suspension, or even a permanent ban and confiscation of funds.
GGPoker stated of the possible action taken against “convicted” players: “In the most serious cases a decision can be made to add the player to an industry blacklist. GGPoker’s PIC has allied with the industry’s biggest live poker tours and venues, including the World Series of Poker (WSOP), World Poker Tour (WPT), Triton Poker, Poker After Dark, Kings Casino, Asian Poker Tour (APT) and many more.”
Whether or not the play of Bryn Kenney or any of his stable is receiving special attention from the PIC or not is unclear.