April 21st: Emergency Podcast With Doug Polk
After these tweets went live, popular Youtuber Doug Polk went live on the same day with Martin Zamani on his podcast for an “emergency” episode. This episode might be one of the most entertaining poker podcasts of all time, but I’ll summarize here for those who don’t want to watch.
Here is a full list of Martin’s claims against Bryn Kenney on the podcast: (all alleged and unproven)
– Bryn Kenney could see his screen. Zamani told his friend in a private Skype chat that he was “down big” and then Bryn allegedly asked him about it 3 days later.
– “Do what’s best for the team” was the mantra for Bryn’s stable (the players he staked). Bryn would tell Martin to “shove any two” against players in a tournament who weren’t his horses, to increase the variance for them.
– Zamani had a ghost (unnamed player, also staked by Bryn) who would also play on his GG account, “FUTimReilly”.
– When Sergi Reixach, one of Bryn’s main horses was banned from GG for cheating, Bryn told him “I don’t deal with cheaters, you owe me the makeup.” Zamani claims Sergi was banned for RTA (real-time assistance), one of the worst forms of poker cheating possible, and that Bryn was aware of it the whole time and did nothing.
– Bryn would tell Lauren Roberts “He22” to play in a game, then demand that Zamani and his other horses all join the game and gang up on her. He would incentivize her to play with coaching and drugs.
– Lauren told Zamani that Bryn would sometimes play on her account.
– After Zamani “torched” a final table, Bryn told him that the next time he was deep in a tournament, to call Sergi Reixach and “get help.”
– With 4 left in a WSOP bracelet event, Zamani called Sergi over to help him. Sergi brought a laptop with an RTA program (100% cheating to use during play). There was a dispute about a hand where Sergi told him to bet and Zamani thought it was a check-back. This led to Zamani losing the tournament, causing a dispute between the two.
– After Zamani stopped playing for Bryn, an unnamed player (also Bryn’s horse) would get coaching from Mark Herm. Any time this unnamed player final tabled, Herm would help him and give assistance in real time.
– Mark Herm co-runs Ocean’s Club, a mixed game site. Zamani claims he knows many pros in the game who collude and share cards with each other. Zamani messaged Herm about the cheating, and Herm deleted his message and didn’t respond. Zamani claimed the pros were all Bryn’s horses.
– Bryn sent Zamani to see a shaman to help him. The shaman tells him that she was a warlord’s wife, she’s a killer, a lier and that she wants to do a Kambo ritual on him (Kambo is a ritual where you burn incense on your skin, cut the blister with a knife, then rub frog poison on the open sore). Zamani refuses, then she asks him to lean back so she can pour acid into his eyes. Zamani again refuses. He claims Bryn had never met the shaman and was using him as a test subject. Bryn later told Zamani to do a mushroom trip with the shaman, which he did take part in.
– Bryn would ask Zamani to sign up people to GG Poker on twitter and at the Hard Rock casino while playing GG Poker through a VPN. Later, Bryn would take Zamani’s agency from him, including the rakeback that Zamani had been getting from the players he signed up, in order to pay for his make-up.
– Bryn sent Zamani to Jeffrey Wands, a famous “psychic.” This was allegedly mandatory for all of Bryn’s Horses. After the call, Bryn said that the psychic told him that Zamani was bad energy, and that he would have to re-evaluate his relationship with him
– Bryn would drop Zamani down in stakes if he thought he was lacking in his health. If he didn’t do yoga that morning, Bryn would drop him in stakes, etc.
– Bryn would eat wagyu and sushi while telling horses to eat vegan.
– Bryn would essentially run a rake pyramid. He would get his horses to set up agencies with GG to earn rake from the players they sign up. Then, if they leave or have a falling out with Bryn while in make-up (a term for when a horse owes money to a staker), Bryn would take their agency from them and rake in the profits.
After Zamani came forward, Ben Keeline tweeted that his agent account with GG Poker was closed and his players were absorbed by Bryn Kenney.
“It was real neat. Didn’t bring in enough whales.”