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Kelly Now Has Eight Cashes At 2013 World Series Of Poker, But Doesn't Care About 'Silly Record'

Poker Pro Just Trying To Win As Much As Possible


The 29th event of the 2013 World Series of Poker wrapped up on Tuesday, and poker pro Dan Kelly incredibly already had eight cashes. The record is 11 for a single summer.

There are 62 events this year, so Kelly has a great shot at reaching 12. However, it’s not a big deal for him. He wants to win a bracelet — and of course as much money as possible.

Cashing, for him, is just the first checkpoint to a possible final table, and if he runs well, a victory. His mindset is common among poker pros and those aspiring to break into the profession. Winning any amount of money isn’t quite good enough if it wasn’t the maximum you could have won. It does keep one motivated, but also, in some sense, perpetually dissatisfied.

So when asked if he would be trying extra hard to cash if he was at 11 and needed one more to reach 12, Kelly unsurprisingly said “not really.”

The quiet poker pro, who made a name for himself on the Internet, called the mark for number of cashes in a single World Series “a silly record.”

There it is. The young bracelet winner from 2010 could very well set the standard for most in-the-money finishes in one summer, but it would just be an afterthought for him.

So far this summer, he has won about $465,000 on the green felt. His career earnings in online and live tournaments now stand at nearly $6 million.