Bicycle Legends of Poker

Venue: Bicycle Casino, Los Angeles, USA.

Prize Pool: near $4.2 million

Final prize: over $1.125 million and $25,000 buy-in to the WPT Championship.

Opening Chip Count:

CHIP COUNT
TODD PHILLIPS
Beverly Hills, CA
$1,895,000
ALEX "LUCKY JUICE" KAHANER
Van Nuys, CA
$1,855,000
KENNA JAMES
Downey, CA
$1,540,000
JAKE MINTER
Albuquerque, NM
$1,525,000
TIM PHAN
Westminster, CA
$1,085,000
KEVIN O'DONNELL
Scottsdale, AZ
$500,000
Ante/Blinds: $3,000/$15,000/$30,000

Let's shuffle up and deal! Kenna starts by taking the pot as the others fold, winning $193,000. Next round...

Alex Todd (SB)
9♣6♣ 9♥9♦
RAISE: $110,000 CALL: $95,000
15% 82%
FLOP: J♣510♠
  BET: $200,000
FOLD WIN: $468,000

 

Alex (SB) Kenna (BB)
J♥10♥ Q♠J♦
RAISE: $65,000 CALL: $34,000
30% 65%
FLOP: 9♥8♥J♠
  CHECK
BET: $120,000 RAISE: $250,000
ALL-IN: $1,707,000 FOLD
54% 40%
WIN: $2,225,000  
Kenna wished he could've taken that raise back. Even though he had the better hand, Alex had more outs, making him the favorite.

Wondercam:
TURN:
6♥

Had Kenna played on, he would've been eliminated.

Some play during the break...

CHIP COUNT
ALEX "LUCKY JUICE" KAHANER $2,216,000
TODD PHILLIPS $1,928,000
KENNA JAMES $1,316,000
JAKE MINTER $1,312,000
TIM PHAN $1,130,000
KEVIN O'DONNELL $478,000
Ante/Blinds: $3,000/$15,000/$30,000

   

Alex Kevin (SB)
9♦9♠ Q♦Q♣
RAISE: $110,000 ALL-IN: $475,000
CALL: $365,000  
20% 80%
FLOP: 10♦6♠4♦
TURN: A♣
RIVER:
2♥
  WIN: $998,000
Pair of Queens
Q♦Q♣A♣10♦6♠

Next up, the first two words Jake has said all night... "All-in." As a response, Kenna and Todd, both with Ace-high to Jake's 9-5 of hearts, fold, giving him $1,475,000.

Kenna (D) Todd (SB) Jake (BB)
A♣8♣ A♦10♦ 9♥5♥
RAISE: $80,000 CALL: $65,000 ALL-IN: $1,297,000
FOLD FOLD WIN: $1,475,000

After the break...

CHIP COUNT
TODD PHILLIPS $1,863,000
ALEX "LUCKY JUICE" KAHANER $1,678,000
JAKE MINTER $1,457,000
TIM PHAN $1,343,000
KENNA JAMES $1,236,000
KEVIN O'DONNELL $803,000
Ante/Blinds: $3,000/$15,000/$30,000

  

Kevin (SB) Tim (BB)
A♦Q♦ J♣6♣
CALL: $15,000 CHECK
73% 26%
FLOP: 10♥10♣5
BET: $50,000 RAISE: $120,000
ALL-IN: $770,000 "I can't call you with jack-high."
FOLD
82% 17%
WIN: $968,000

The price of poker just went up: $5,000 antes with blinds of $25,000 and $50,000, as Kenna goes all-in with Big Slick (A♥K♦) over Alex's paired 8s. Alex folds the snowmen and Kenna wins $1,310,000. Next round... Tim goes all-in with paired 7s to Kevin's dog (K♦9♦). Kevin folds, and Tim wins $1,450,000. After the break...

CHIP COUNT
TODD PHILLIPS $1,605,000
JAKE MINTER $1,485,000
ALEX "LUCKY JUICE" KAHANER $1,475,000
TIM PHAN $1,350,000
KEVIN O'DONNELL $1,335,000
KENNA JAMES $1,130,000
Ante/Blinds: $10,000/$40,000/$80,000

Close match so far.. but as you can see, the pay to play is up, up, up.

Kevin (SB) Tim (BB)
K♣Q♦ J♠3♦
CALL: $40,000 RAISE: $380,000
CALL: $300,000  
72% 28%
FLOP: Q♠10♥8♦
BET: $400,000 FOLD
WIN: $1,220,000

With that, Kevin is now the chip leader.

Tim Kenna Jake (SB) Kevin (BB)
J♥9♥ A♥K♣ 10♥4♠ A♣7♥
RAISE: $80,000 CALL: $80,000 CALL: $40,000 CHECK
35% 28% 22% 14%
FLOP: 2♣6♥3♠
CHECK BET: $200,000
FOLD CALL: $200,000 FOLD
  80%   17%
TURN: Q♦
BET: $200,000
CALL: $200,000
"Looking him up"
92% 8%
RIVER: 3♦
ALL-IN: $1,155,000
Must move all-in to call...
FOLD
WIN: $2,335,000

And all the crowd can say is "You got bluffed for sure."

Kevin (SB) Tim  (BB)
10♦6♦ Q♠3♠
CALL: $40,000 CHECK
45% 54%
FLOP: 5♣7♠J♦
CHECK CHECK
32% 68%
TURN: 8♠
CHECK BET: $100,000
CALL: $100,000
25% 75%
RIVER: 9♠
BET: $200,000 ALL-IN: $660,000
CALL: $660,000 WIN: $2,140,000
Flush
Q♠9♠8♠7♠3♠

Coming from the break again...

CHIP COUNT
TIM PHAN $2,090,000
TODD PHILLIPS $1,665,000
JAKE MINTER $1,585,000
KEVIN O'DONNELL $1,275,000
ALEX "LUCKY JUICE" KAHANER $955,000
KENNA JAMES $810,000
Ante/Blinds: $10,000/$40,000/$80,000

So far, this is a legendary match, as we begin hour 2 with Todd picking up $460,000 from two Jacks. Meanwhile, Kenna's hat is off and the jacket is on... Very peculiar.

Tim (SB) Alex (BB)
A♣7♣ 8♦7♦
RAISE: $240,000 ALL-IN: $855,000
2-1 Pot odds on his money... "I'm ready to go home."
FOLD WIN: $1,155,000

Amateurs? What amateurs?

CHIP COUNT
JAKE MINTER $2,035,000
TIM PHAN $1,630,000
TODD PHILLIPS $1,445,000
ALEX "LUCKY JUICE" KAHANER $1,105,000
KEVIN O'DONNELL $1,085,000
KENNA JAMES $1,080,000
Ante/Blinds: $10,000/$40,000/$80,000

 

Kevin Kenna (SB)
A♣6♣ A♠9♦
RAISE: $160,000 RAISE: $375,000
CALL: $215,000  
27% 55%
FLOP: 4♣10♦A♥
ALL-IN: $695,000
CALL: $695,000  
14% 61%
TURN: 8♦
RIVER: 7♥
  WIN: $2,280,000
Pair of Aces
A♠
A♥10♦9♦8♦

With that, Kenna (who during his prelim was wearing his Poker Royale hat) is now the chip leader, and Kevin is feeling felt. With not even enough to ante, we have side action, and Kevin is all in here...

Kevin Tim Alex Kenna (D)
NUTS!
7♦2♥
Q♠10♠ 2♦2♣ 6♦6♣
ALL-IN: $5,000 CALL: $80,000 CALL: $80,000 RAISE: $480,000
  FOLD FOLD WIN: $785,000
28%     70%
FLOP: 9♠Q♥J♣
TURN: A♠
RIVER: 3♣
OUT
6th Place
WIN: $30,000
Pair of 6s
6♦6♣A♠Q♥J♣

And the luck of the Irish has run out, as Kevin leaves with $208,500.

CHIP COUNT
KENNA JAMES $2,585,000
JAKE MINTER $1,875,000
TIM PHAN $1,560,000
TODD PHILLIPS $1,455,000
ALEX "LUCKY JUICE" KAHANER $905,000
Ante/Blinds: $15,000/$60,000/$120,000

Price of poker raises again.

Alex (SB) Kenna (BB)
6♥4♥ K♥Q♥
ALL-IN: $890,000 CALL: $770,000
31% 68%
FLOP: 10♦6♠10♣
(Alex goes from a 2-1 dog to a 2-1 favorite)
TURN: 5♣
RIVER: 5♠
WIN: $1,855,000
Two pair
10♦10♣6♥6♠5♠

 

Todd (D) Alex (SB) Kenna (BB)
7♦7♣ A♥K♣ 3♥3♦
RAISE: $360,000 CALL: $300,000 CALL: $240,000
51% 37% 10%
FLOP: 10♦3♠5♣
CHECK BET: $250,000
ALL-IN: 705,000 FOLD CALL: $455,000
13% 87%
TURN: J♥
RIVER: 4♣
OUT
5th Place
  WIN: $2,565,000
Three 3s
3♥3♦3♠10♦J♥

 Alex didn't raise with Big Slick, meaning that Todd is out with $250,200.
 

CHIP COUNT
KENNA JAMES $3,870,000
ALEX "LUCKY JUICE" KAHANER $2,015,000
JAKE MINTER $1,920,000
TIM PHAN $575,000
Ante/Blinds: $15,000/$60,000/$120,000

 

Tim (D) Kenna (BB)
A♦J♠ A♣7♣
ALL-IN: $560,000 CALL: $440,000
67% 25%
FLOP: 6♠9♣Q♠
TURN: 8♣
RIVER:
7♦
OUT
4th Place
WIN: $1,240,000
Pair of 7s
7♦7♣A♣Q♠9♣

Make it three kills for Kenna, as Tim leaves with $291,900. Antes are going up again...

CHIP COUNT
KENNA JAMES $3,800,000
ALEX "LUCKY JUICE" KAHANER $3,040,000
JAKE MINTER $1,540,000
Ante/Blinds: $20,000/$100,000/$200,000

 

Alex (D) Kenna (SB) Jake (BB)
8♣5♣ 4♥4♦ 4♠4♣
BET: $500,000 CALL: $400,000 ALL-IN: $1,520,000
FOLD CALL: $1,020,000  
  3% 2%
The only way that one person can win the pot outright is a flush. Otherwise, it's a split pot.
FLOP: 7♠
A♥10♦
TURN: 10♠
RIVER: J♠
  WIN: $1,800,000
Two pair
10♦10♠4♥4♦A♥
WIN: $1,800,000
Two pair
10♦10♠4♠4♣A♥

That split pot only helped Kenna pad his lead.

CHIP COUNT
KENNA JAMES $4,820,000
JAKE MINTER $2,520,000
ALEX "LUCKY JUICE" KAHANER $1,040,000
Ante/Blinds: $20,000/$100,000/$200,000

 

Jake (SB) Alex (BB)
A♥5♥ Q♠Q♣
ALL-IN: $2,500,000* ALL-IN: $1,020,000
32% 68%
FLOP: 6♣7♥8♣
TURN: 8♠
RIVER:
3♥
WIN: $2,100,000
Two pair
Q♠Q♣8♠8♣
7♥

Alex needs a cig... And rightly so.

CHIP COUNT
KENNA JAMES $4,720,000
ALEX "LUCKY JUICE" KAHANER $2,200,000
JAKE MINTER $1,460,000
Ante/Blinds: $20,000/$100,000/$200,000

 

Alex (D) Jake (BB)
A♣9♥ A♠5♥
RAISE: $500,000 ALL-IN: $1,440,000
CALL: $940,000  
59% 25%
FLOP: 6♣10♠7♥
TURN: J♥
RIVER: 2♥
WIN: $3,040,000
Ace high
A♣
J♥10♠9♥7♥
OUT
3rd Place

Looks like Jake is about to be out of here with $333,600. We're down to the pro (Kenna) vs. the amateur (Alex)... Two players, the Viper Girls, money, a trophy, it could only mean... HEADS UP! At stake: over $1.1 million and the title of poker legend.

CHIP COUNT
KENNA JAMES $4,820,000
ALEX "LUCKY JUICE" KAHANER $3,560,000
Ante/Blinds: $20,000/$100,000/$200,000

 

Alex (SB) Kenna (BB)
Q♠4♠ J♣5♠
CALL: $100,000 CHECK
61% 28%
FLOP: Q♦4♦8♣
BET: $250,000
RAISE: $400,000 "Take it."
FOLD
WIN: $1,480,000

 

Kenna (SB) Alex (BB)
A♣9♣ 8♥5♦
CALL: $100,000 CHECK
67% 33%
FLOP: 3♠K♦A♥
CHECK
BET: $400,000 FOLD
WIN: $840,000  

 

CHIP COUNT
KENNA JAMES $4,920,000
ALEX "LUCKY JUICE" KAHANER $3,460,000
Ante/Blinds: $20,000/$100,000/$200,000

 

Kenna (SB) Alex (BB)
A♠4♣ J♣10♥
RAISE: $600,000 RAISE: $1,500,000
ALL-IN: $4,800,000* "I'm gonna call. I wanna go home."
ALL-IN: $3,440,000
54% 45%
FLOP: 2♥9♥Q♦
TURN: K♥
DEAD
RIVER: 8♣
WIN: $6,920,000
Straight
K♥Q♦J♣10♥9♥

Bad beat for Kenna, as he goes from chip leader to longshot in one hand.

CHIP COUNT
ALEX "LUCKY JUICE" KAHANER $7,250,000
KENNA JAMES $1,130,000
Ante/Blinds: $20,000/$100,000/$200,000

 

Alex (SB) Kenna (BB)
K♥J♣ 6♠6♦
ALL-IN: $7,220,000* ALL-IN: $1,100,000
46% 53%
FLOP: 5♦2♥4♣
TURN: 9♥
RIVER: K♣
UPSET: $2,260,000
Pair of Kings
K♥K♣J♣9♥5♦
OUT
2nd Place

Feel the pain for Kenna James, as this outdraw proves lethal. He leaves with $588,210. "I lost to a real class guy tonight." Meanwhile, Alex Kahaner squeezes one more drop of Lucky Juice for the win and $1,125,900 and the $25,000 golden ticket to Bellagio at the end of the season. Both daughter are very proud, indeed. Alex Kahaner... the newest poker legend. And as we toast our champ, we look to our next stop, the Borgata Open in Atlantic City.  We'll see you next week on the World Poker Tour!

*bet lowered to match opponent's all-in bet.