WSOP Europe -- J.P. Kelly Wins Event No. 1
Kelly Wins Second Bracelet After Rollercoaster Final Table
Nine players from a total field of 608 began day 3 of the £1,000 no-limit hold’em event, the first event of this year’s World Series of Poker Europe.
Fabien Dunlop was the clear chip leader, but there was plenty of room for maneuver on the score board, and with many short-stacks in the mix, the day was bound to pick up speed quickly. When all of the dust settled, it was J.P. Kelly who was the last remaining player on the table. He is the first British player to take down a WSOPE event, and for that, he goes home with £136,803 and his second bracelet of the year.
Kelly also took down the $1,500 pot-limit event in Vegas at this year’s WSOP. However, getting to first place was no easy feat.
This is how the chips stacks looked at start of play:
Fabien Dunlop — 538,000
Richard Allen — 332,000
JP Kelly — 317,500
Neil Suarez — 217,500
William Martin — 122,500
Adnan Alshamah — 121,000
Anthony Roux — 88,000
Thor Drexel — 77,000
James Tomlin — 49,000
James Tomlin Eliminated in Ninth Place (£13,115)
A few minutes into the first level of the day, James Tomlin pushed all in from middle position, only to see William Martin push all in over the top of him. The big blind Thor Drexel called, and with that, there was a three-way all in, only moments into the final battle. The three revealed their cards:
Tomlin: A 7
Martin: A K
Drexel: A K
Board: K J 4 4 8
Despite flush possibilities on the flop, it wasn’t to be for Tomlin, and he left the tournament in ninth place for £13,115.
Thor Drexel Eliminated in Eighth Place (£14,835)
Not long after being crippled by Anthony Roux, Thor Drexel, prompted by the under-the-gun raise of Adnan Alshamah, called all in. Roux called from the small blind, and the flop was dealt A J 10. Roux checked, and Alshamah quickly moved all in. Roux passed, and Alshamah and Drexel revealed their cards. Drexel had pocket queens, and Alshamah had A K. The turn and the river were the J and the 3. Drexel’s hand failed to improve, and he made his exit in eighth place for £14,835.
William Martin Eliminated in Seventh Place (£17,535)
Facing a bet from Fabien Dunlop, William Martin moved all in for 100,000. Dunlop made the call and flipped over pocket sevens. Martin revealed A J. The cards fell K 9 4 4 3, and Martin was the seventh-place finisher, earning £17,535 for his efforts.
Neil Suarez Eliminated in Sixth Place (£21,700)
Neil Suarez moved all in from the button, Fabien Dunlop moved in over the top from the small blind, and the big blind, Richard Allen, quickly folded.
Suarez: 4 4
Dunlop: K K
Board: 8 8 7 5 Q
The kings took it down, and Neil Suarez made his exit in sixth place, with an extra £21,700 to his name.
Anthony Roux Eliminated in Fifth Place (£28,181)
J.P. Kelly raised, and Anthony Roux pushed all in. Kelly called and showed pocket kings. Roux turned over pocket tens. The board brought more of neither, and kings held once again. Frenchman Roux hit the rail in fifth place for a payday of £28,181.
Richard Allen Eliminated in Fourth Place (£38,499)
J.P. Kelly raised from the button, prompting Richard Allen to move all in from the big blind. Kelly called and turned over pocket nines. Allen tabled A 4. The nines withstood an aceless board, and Allen collected £38,499 for fourth place.
Adnan Alshamah Eliminated in Third Place (£55,468)
Adnan Alshamah bet 70,000 from the button, and Fabien Dunlop in the big blind moved all in. Alshamah called and the two turned over their cards:
Alshamah: K Q
Dunlop: A 8
The flop came K 5 2, giving Alshamah a king, but the turn was a gift for Dunlop in the form of the A, and the river was the 4. Alshamah hit the rail in third place for £55,468, and left Dunlop and Kelly to the ultimate battle of the day.
Fabien Dunlop — 1,365,000
JP Kelly — 498,000
The heads-up match went quite quickly, but had its many ups and downs. Kelly was determined, and, despite doubling up and then getting chopped down a couple of times, his resilience paid off, and he increased his stack to the same as his opponent’s.
Fabien Dunlop Eliminated in Second Place (£84,512)
On a Q 10 7 flop, Kelly bet, Dunlop raised, and Kelly moved all in. Dunlop made the call and turned over J 2 for the flush draw. However, Kelly turned over K 8 for the higher flush draw.
The turn was the 5, and a diamond sparkled on the river in the shape of the 3. After a chip count, Dunlop was in fact still alive with 19,000 in chips. All in in the next hand, he managed to double up, but Kelly stopped him in his tracks one hand later when his Q J hit trips on a Q Q 10 6 K board.
Dunlop’s 9 4 could not compete, and he left the event as the runner-up finisher with £84,512.
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