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WSOP Event #2 Down To Last 15: JP Kelly Fourth In Chips!

JP Kelly

The vast majority of poker players dream of winning a World Series of Poker bracelet but for most of those it stays a dream. But not JP Kelly because he already has not one but two WSOP bracelets to his name and if all goes to plan on day 3 of Event #2 he will be adding a third to his wrist as he will start the day fourth in chips with just 15 players remaining.

If luck was a cake then Kelly not only received a big slice he actually ate the whole thing! Around an hour into play, as the bubble had burst, Kelly found himself in a three-way all-in situation holding {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} against {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades} and {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}. By the turn it looked like Kelly was going to be helping himself to a min-cash of $2,893 because the board read {8-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Hearts} but the {A-Diamonds} landed on the river to boost the Brit's stack to 140,000 chips.

Just minutes early ace-king was not as helpful to Kelly's fellow Brit John Eames as it ran straight into a pair of kings and could not find an ace anywhere on the board, resulting in Eames finishing just two places outside of the money. Knowing Eames as we do he will be jumping back on the horse at the very next opportunity and getting back to the grind.

The man who started the day as the overall chip leader, Sadan Turker, had to endure a difficult day where it seemed he just could not get going at all according to the PokerNews Live Reporting team. It appears he was treading water for significant periods of the day and despite finding a late double up with {K-Spades}{7-Spades} against the {9-Spades}{7-Hearts} of Ryan Schmidt late on, Turker bsuted in 24th place for a $15,287 score.

Play resumes at 13:00 La Vegas time (21:00 UK time) where Kelly will be joined by some extremely talented opponents and sadly for him a number of them will be seated on his table from the moment the cards are back in the are. Fortunately he has position on the two most dangerous players – Kelly aside – in this tournament. To his immediate right is a WSOP bracelet winner in Andrew Badecker and to his right is a formidable opponent in Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst; so if Kelly does manage to go on and win bracelet number three he will have to do it the hard way.

Each of the remaining players have now locked up $23,655 but whoever has to pick up that particular amount will be a disappointed soul because the bracelet and the $517,725 first place prize money is within touching distance.

WSOP Event #2 Day 3 Seat Draw

Table 11Kwinsee Khoa Tran592,000
 2Vanessa Selbst706,000
 5Andrew Badecker349,000
 6JP Kelly721,000
 7Ryan Schmidt1,193,000
 8Kennii Nguyen411,000
 9Todd Keikoan265,000
Table 21Richard Park379,000
 2Neil Willerson479,000
 3Joseph Cino703,000
 4Abdyl Konjuhi754,000
 5Kenneth Strickland685,000
 7Michael Kaufmann243,000
 8Jacob Bazeley1,291,000
 9Brent Hanks578,000

Along with wishing Kelly the very best of luck from everyone at UK & Ireland PokerNews we have to also extend our well wishes to David “Lil Dave” Nicholson who has made it to the money in Event #3, the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up. In that event 317 players started and just 64 remain and by the time play comes to an end on Day 2 just 16 of those will still be in with a chance of grabbing some WSOP gold; hopefully our man will be one of them.

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