WSOP Event #2: JP Kelly Falls In Eighth After Rollercoaster Final Day

JP Kelly

The United Kingdom's JP Kelly will have to wait until his next World Series of Poker event if he is to add a third WSOP bracelet to his wrist after the popular pro busted in eighth place – from 2,101 entrants – in Event #2.

Kelly went into the final day fourth from 15 in chips but by the time Kenneth Strickland, Kwinsee Khao Tran, Todd Keikoan, Neil Willerson, Jospeh Cino and Kennii Nguyen had been eliminated and the nine-handed final table was set Kelly had slumped to sixth in chips.

Event #2 Final Table Seat Draw

1Vanessa Selbst1,327,000
2Brent Hanks1,558,000
3JP Kelly610,000
4Andrew Badecker1,553,000
5Abdel Konjuhi388,000
6Ryan Schmidt1,200,000
7Jacob Bazeley1,960,000
8Richard Park383,000
9Michael Kaufman437,000

As you can see from the seat draw Kelly definitely did not have the best seat in the house and that was probably a factor in him putting the pedal to the metal from the off in an attempt to pick up chips. Within 20 minutes Kelly's vicious swings started and he found himself down to 120,000 chips.

Jacob Bazeley min-raised to 40,000 under the gun and Vanessa Selbst made the call in middle position. The action was then on Kelly and he moved all-in from the cutoff. Abdel Konjuhi then moved his stack into the middle from the small blind and when both Bazeley and Selbst got out of the way Kelly flipped over {A-Spades}{Q-Spades} only to discover Konjuhi held {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}. The board ran out {J-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{6-Clubs} leaving Kelly with just 120,000 chips; or six big blinds.

The very next hand Kelly shoved with what turned out to be {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} and was looked up by Badecker who had been dealt {A-}{A-}. But just as it looked like our hero's day was going to be over the dealer put out the {6-Spades}{Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts} flop to propel him back into the lead and when the turn and river were the {2-Diamonds} and {K-Clubs} respectively Kelly had earned himself some breathing room.

Thirty minutes later and he was down to less than a single big blind when he made a move with {10-Spades}{9-Spades} only to run into another pair of kings, this time it was Michael Kaufman who was in possession of the cowboys. No help from the board and Kelly was well and truly crippled. But he earned himself a reprieve when he moved his nano-stack in with {5-Clubs}{4-Spades} and was up against Richard Park's {A-Diamonds}{7-Spades}. The Brit flopped gin when the first three cards on the board read {2-Spades}{6-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and he was sat very short but with 57,000 chips.

Amazingly he was not the ninth place finisher because almost immediately after more than quadrupling up Kelly saw Park get his stack in with {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} against another pair of aces for Badecker. The bullets held this time around and Kelly jumped up one spot in the payouts.

His tournament finally came to an end just minutes later when Brent Hanks set him all-in with what turned out to be {A-Spades}{Q-Spades} - the hand that initially crippled Kelly – and kelly made the call with {J-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}. Despite flopping an inside straight draw the board failed to help Kelly and he busted out in eighth place for a score of $49,621. What a ride for the young Brit.

Kelly executioner was the man who ran out as the eventual winner, bagging himself his first bracelet and the huge $517,725 first place prize. Hanks went into the one-on-one battle with Bazeley holding a 5,325,000 to 4,120,000 chip lead and that gap seemed to stay constant for the entire 2.5 hour heads-up natch. Then all of a sudden there was a flurry of action, a break from the pedestrian pace when Hanks opened to 160,000, Bazeley three-bet to 420,000 only to see Hanks – who was making his fourth WSOP final table appearance – made it 780,000 to play. The betting was not over because Bazeley announced he was all-in and Hanks made the call. Bazeley turned over {9-Clubs}{9-Spades} and was in front of the {A-Spades}{8-Clubs} of Hanks. He was only in the lead for a short time though because the door card was the {A-Clubs} and that was followed onto the board by {7-Spades}{6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and with that Hanks had won the first open event of the 2012 WSOP!

Event #2 Final Table Results

1Brent Hanks$517,725
2Jacob Bazeley$322,294
3Andrew Badecker$224,029
4Vanessa Selbst$161,345
5Ryan Schmidt$177,921
6Adbyl Konjuhi$87,231
7Michael Kaufman$65,377
8JP Kelly$49,621
9Richard Park$38,106

To read the full coverage of Event #2 check out the official live reporting pages.

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