Many former poker champions are reclaiming title glory at the 2014 WSOP in Las Vegas. The tournament pools together the most talented poker players in the world to determine who knows how to best play his or her opponents to come out as the best of the best.
The tournament is divided into various table stakes, with two popular favourites being the $1,500 Limit Hold’em and the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em games. The former saw one former WSOP champion, Dan Kelly, sit down to play in the event, and the 25 year old successfully won his second WSOP gold bracelet as the last man sitting.
Kelly first became a champion when he won the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed event in 2010. The win was remarkable for the young poker pro as he was only 21 at the time, and earned a payout worth over $1.3 million.
Since winning his first gold bracelet, Kelly remained a prominent figure in the poker world both in live cash tournaments and the online poker world. He reached the final table at least once in every poker season, but was unable to take down the final pot in any of his matches – until WSOP 2014.
“It’s always nice to win. It’s frustrating getting sixth and fifth. It feels better.”
Kelly played off against other big name pros at the final table, including Brandon Shack-Harris, Sean Berrios, and Yegor Tsurikov. The four men made the final four, with Berrios being the first to fall after busting on a gutshot straight and flush draw when the river card failed to turn up what he needed.
Shack-Harris, who is on one of the hottest streaks of his career this season, was the next player to go. Shack-Harris went all in hoping to double up his chip stack, but the cards turned up in favour of Kelly and Tsurikov, and sent Shack-Harris packing.
When the final two went heads up, Kelly took complete control by effectively chipping away at Tsurikov and his chip stack until the final hand. Tsurikov went all in on a 10, 6 off suit hoping to catch a break, but Kelly called him with the higher J, 10 off suit – a set that eventually became a straight following the river card.
In addition to the gold bracelet, Kelly walked away with prize money worth over $195,000, which increased his total cash table winnings to over $2 million. Might we see more of the 25 year old at the WSOP this year? Time will tell if he the chips will stack in his favour.