The world’s leading tournament money-winner, Bryn Kenney, got the poker GOAT street art treatment this week courtesy of Luke Schwartz. The Londoner, and his graffiti gang shared a timelapse video of their work.
— luke schwartz (@__fullflush1__) April 25, 2021
Luke Schwartz’ tribute to Bryn Kenney
As we reported earlier this month, Kenney challenged Hellmuth to a $1million buy-in heads-up showdown, irked that the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner had left him out of a discussion of the poker GOAT.
What’s all this white magic and apexpredator shit I’m hearing @Phil_hellmuth . We know who is king of the hill, but if you want your shot at the top let’s put up a million each and give the people what they want
— Bryn Kenney (@BrynKenney) April 3, 2021
Londoner Luke Schwartz evidently feels that Kenney has a better claim than most to the title, hence the eye-catching mural.
Both Luke Schwartz and Kenney are noted not only for their rather outspoken approach to poker and social media but also for their streetwear fashion style.
Kenney infamously turned up for the Triton Million for Charity final table wearing a New York Yankees hip-hop-inspired assemblage that would put many rappers to shame. This despite a dress code apparently in place.
He’s far from the first poker legend to be given the full-on artists treatment of course, be it street, or more classical. Poker has been the focus of attention for paintings for a long time. With Bobby’s Room being one of the most famous.
Further work of art
This stylistic effort was painted by noted artist LeRoy Neiman, a commission for the opening of the Bellagio in 1998. It depicts, seated from left to right, Lyle Berman, Chip Reese, Bobby Baldwin, Doyle Brunson, and Chau Giang.
Neiman himself is standing far left, next to a young Phil Ivey, with Jennifer Harman and Benny Binion on the far right. Apparently, the only authorized reproductions of any kind were made available to those depicted in the painting itself.
A similar but much more modern take on poker saw the highroller game at King’s Casino in Rozvadov as the central attraction, Leon Tsoukernik’s poker island home to many high-profile events and cash games.
Among the Kings crowd is Bitcoin millionaire “Aussie” Matt Kirk, Antanas “Tony G” Guoga, Dusk Til’ Dawn supremo Rob Yong, 2018 WSOP champ John Cynn, and Tsoukernik himself, second from right.
When it comes to individual portraits of famous poker pros, you’d perhaps be less than surprised to find Poker Brat Phil Hellmuth top of the gallery billing.
The loveable but rather egotistical Hellmuth appears in the WSOP Collection sporting his trademark Aria baseball cap and headphones.
It’s not just real-life players who have been immortalized in paint. The iconic movie Rounders supplying the following model the legendary TeddyKGB, played by John Malkovich…
Perhaps the ultimate artistic recognition of your poker success, however, is when a fan gets a tattoo of you, and so far we know Daniel Negreanu has managed that feat…although it was his nickname and signature, not his face that adorned this lady…