World Series of Poker -- Dan Kelly Wins Event No. 52
21-Year-Old Wins One of Most Coveted Bracelets of the Year
As online poker phenoms have proven themselves in the live arena, everybody likes to take their pick at the next up-and-coming, 21-year-old, online star to win a bracelet. Dan Kelly was one of the names prominently thrown around this year and on Saturday night, this 21-year-old proved he’s the real deal.
Kelly took down one of the most prestigious events at the
2010 World Series of Poker, the $25,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event.
Kelly bested a final table full of young, internet groomed talent, along with the year’s only double bracelet winner. He netted himself $1,315,518 and his first career bracelet for the win.
Kelly went to the final table as the overwhelming chip leader and from the moment the first hand was dealt, it was apparent his plan was to put those chips to good use. The Potomac, Maryland native was constantly raising and putting his opponents in tough situations.
After eliminating Eugene Katchalov and Mikael Thuritz very early in the final table, Kelly seemed to just tread around the 6,000,000 chip count that he came to the table with. Shawn Buchanan took care of Jason Somerville and Frank Kassela, leaving the two young online superstars heads-up.
After a few pots that went Kelly’s way in the heads-up battle, one of the most dramatic hands of this year’s series took place. There were a flurry of raises preflop which led to Buchanan calling off the last of his chips and showing pocket jacks against Kelly’s A-10.
The flop and turn were safe for Buchanan, but Kelly rivered an ace to take the title and the prize money.
Kelly plays as “djk123” online and before his victory, was already very well-known throughout the poker community. Just a few hours after the final hand was dealt, online player Nick Phillips tweeted “I’d say that djk is a sicko, but that goes unsaid.” Kelly had already amassed millions in tournament earnings, and now has a grand total of $3,983,036 to his name.
Kelly also cemented his place in the “Brunson 10” after the win. There was a competition between David Sands, Faraz Jaka, Michael Martin, and Kelly during this year’s WSOP to see who would be the next addition to the Doylesroom.net team of online superstars. Kelly is officially the newest member of that team.
Here are the final table results:
Here are a look at the elimination hands as seen on CardPlayer.com’s live updates.
Eugene Katchalov Eliminated in Sixth Place ($194,559)
Dan Kelly raised to 100,000 from the button and Eugene Katchalov moved all-in from the small blind. Kelly made the call and the cards were turned up.
It was a classic race situation when Kelly showed his 66 against Kathalov’s QJ. The flop was Q43, giving Kelly the best hand.
The J on the turn kept Kelly in the lead and the 4 on the river sealed the hand for Kelly and eliminated Katchalov. Kelly is now up over 6,000,000.
Mikael Thuritz Eliminated in Fifth Place ($272,084)
Dan Kelly raised to 125,000 under-the-gun and Mikael Thuritz called on the button and Jason Somerville called from the big blind.
The flop came out 9J4 and Somerville and Kelly checked. Thuritz took this opportunity to bet 220,000. Somerville released quickly, but after some thought and neck rolls, Kelly raised to 600,000. Thuritz quickly moved all-in and Kelly called just as quickly.
Kelly showed 56, giving him a flush draw and Thuritz was ahead with AJ.
The 7 fell on the turn, giving Kelly a straight draw along with his flush draw, and the 8 on the river completed both of those draws, giving Kelly the pot and is up to 7,500,000 in chips.
Jason Somerville Eliminated in Fourth Place ($386,125)
Frank Kassela raised to 140,000 and Jason Somerville moved all-in for 1,100,000. Dan Kelly folded, and Shawn Buchanan thought for a while before moving all-in over the top. Kassela got out of the way and Buchanan turned over AA.
Somerville was in bad shape when he showed AJ. The flop came K54 and when the 5 came on the turn, Somerville was officially drawing dead.
Somerville headed for the exits and Buchanan is up to 3,900,000.
Frank Kassela Eliminated in Third Place ($556,053)
Shawn Buchanan completed the small blind and Frank Kassela checked the big blind. The flop came Q43 and Buchanan check-raised Kassela’s 80,000 bet to 260,000. Kassela then made it 710,000 and Buchanan tossed in a call.
The turn was the 10 and Buchanan checked again. Kassela bet 1,000,000 and Buchanan moved all-in. Kassela made the call and the cards were turned up.
Buchanan showed 56, giving him an open-ended straight draw and Kassela showed Q3, giving him two pair. Kassela sprung back in his chair when he saw Buchanan’s hand and was even more shocked when the 2 hit the river to give Buchanan his straight.
Buchanan is now heads-up with Dan Kelly with a slight chip lead for the bracelet and the first place money.
Shawn Buchanan Eliminated in Second Place ($812,941), Dan Kelly Wins Event No. 52 ($1,315,581)
After a few relatively small pots that went Dan Kelly’s way, Kelly had amassed a small chip lead heads-up
Dan Kelly raised to 200,000 from the button and Shawn Buchanan three-bet to 650,000 from the big blind. Kelly four-bet to 1,425,000 and Buchanan moved all-in after asking Kelly how much he had behind. Kelly made the call and turned over A10 and Buchanan held JJ.
The flop came 643, keeping Buchanan in the lead. The turn was the 5 and Kelly gained some outs for a chop. He did better than a chop as the A hit the river and Kelly was able to take the whole pot and the title, along with $1,315,581.
Buchanan made his largest career cash with his second place finish with his $812,941 second place parting gift.
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