Poker Pro Jeff "ActionJeff" Garza Spits In Bryn Kenney's FaceJanuary 21, 2010 11:29 am
In a display of high emotion and low etiquette, high stakes poker player Jeff “ActionJeff” Garza spat on Bryn Kenney, while he was playing in a $5,000 side tournament at the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA).
Jeff Garza had just busted out of the tournament and was on the way out when Garza and Kenney’s eyes met. What then followed was a heated exchange of harsh words, culminating in Garza expressing his contempt and animosity towards Kennedy by spitting in his face.
As PocketFives.com forum poster Jon “xxjondxx” Delong explains: “I was sitting at the next table over I think..just heard the dealer yell security and saying that someone spit in someone’s face and saw someone who I guess was [Action Jeff] walking out of the room.” Another player also describes how “Jeff just quickly walked away once security was called.”
Speculation was rife on the site as to the cause of the ruckus, with many posters believing it concerned allegations that Kenney had used multiple online accounts, under the alias Udon Wannit, and thus managed to come in second at the 2009 PokerStars Online Poker Championship where he won $1,286,000. At the time, Kenney brushed off the allegation claiming his brother owned the account, which didn’t ring true with the poker community as Kennedy’s brother was a low stakes player and unlikely to have joined such an expensive tournament.
Jeff “ActionJeff” Garza has now posted his version of the story on both the PocketFives and TwoPlusTwo forums to help clear up the incident. As he explains:”Bryn and I have personal issues unrelated to him multi-accounting dealing with large amounts of money. I was just ready to drop it and take the hit for making the mistake of dealing with a scumbag. My hate was reignited real strong when I kept hearing about him talking behind my back.”
“I walked away after busting the $5K and Bryn was in my path. He made eye contact with me as I was walking away, I gave him a [expletive] you and he smirks at me. I walked up to him and said something along the lines of ‘don’t look at me you thieving piece of [expletive]’ and nudge him with my shoulder. At this point security gets called. He said something along the lines of, ‘if I wasn’t playing poker, give me one good reason…’
“So I gave him that good reason. And let’s be clear here: No, it didn’t miss, and yeah, it was right in his face, and it was a lot because I’d been putting down some water at the table.”
In conclusion, Jeff “ActionJeff” Garza explains: “Bryn’s my enemy and I have no respect for [him] and wanted to show it. I shoulda just knocked his ass out, but he refuses to fight and attacking someone when they turn their back is a bitch move.”