It has been quite a frustrating couple of weeks for UK & Ireland players at the 2012 World Series of Poker, where they seem to be able to go deep in plenty of vents but are losing out in key spots that are needed to push them over the finishing line. One man who has had a frustrating time whilst very deep in two events is JP Kelly, who recently busted in 10th place in Event #41, the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Event.
Kelly grinded his way to the unofficial ten-handed final table but from there it seemed like he just could not get going, despite a legion of rowdy fans on the rail; fans who had been drinking since early morning in “preparation” for the England versus Italy game at Euro 2012. You can imagine how loud they were inside the Rio!
Just as play went 10-handed Kelly tweeted “Just under 1,4m going into unofficial final,” but three hours later it appeared he had been treading water when he wrote, “1m chips at the dinner break.....still 10 handed and very card dead, but it's all good :-)” However, two hours later he was out in 10th place after losing with queens to ace-seven then pushing into .
Busted in 10th......lost QQ v A7 and then shoved AT into AQ......thanks for support everyone, really frustrating how my finals are going :(Follow @JP_Kelly5
Let's go back to that infamous British rail, something that has become of the fixtures and fittings at the WSOP. A Brit makes the final table, a huge rail shows up to support them. Sometimes they are a little over the top but for the most part they are just loud. Personally I see nothing wrong with it but so far this year Justin Bonomo has complained and Brian Hastings actually anti-sweated Kelly and wished he would bust in 10th place.
Looks like they're sweating JP Kelly. I'm sure JP is a swell guy but really hope he gets 10th. #shutuprailFollow @brianchastings
Kelly was quite polite, politer than many would be, in his response to Hastings writing simply:
@brianchastings You got your wish, I did come 10th, good luck.Follow @JP_Kelly5
Whilst the war of words was going on another Brit was busy battling his way through the same final table kelly just busted from. Paul Vas Nunes, a former PokerStars Sunday Million winner, was going great guns before he fell in third place; a finish good for a cool $290,407.
In his exit hand Jackie Glazier opened to 170,000 and Vas Nunes three-bet to 475,000. Glazier then moved all-in and Vas Nunes made the call for his tournament life. His was in front of Glazier's but that was all set to change. The flop came down giving Glazier a whole host of outs, one of which landed on the turn/ Unfortunately for Vas Nunes it was the and that left him drawing completely dead. The meaningless completed the board and Vas Nunes headed to the sidelines.
Kelly and Vas Nunes' superb results have help the UK & Ireland players to smash through the $2,000,000 winnings barrier and are now rapidly approaching $2,500,000. Up to and including Event #41 UK and Ireland players have:
- Cashed 149 times
- Reached seven official final tables
- Won one bracelet
- Won $2,383,278
Whilst everyone back home would have wished for more bracelets there are still 20 events left to get our hands on more plus winning almost $2.5million is no mean feat. Make sure you follow all of the action over on our Live Reporting blogs, the official live updates of the 2012 World Series of Poker. Hopefully you will read about our boys and girls running better in the run up to the Main Event.