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England Pips Germany in Euro Bracelet Battle

John-Paul Kelly Beats March Tschirch Heads Up for Bracelet


John Paul Kelly won England’s first bracelet in two years at the World Series of Poker yesterday, beating German Marc Tschirch heads up to take down the title and the $194,434 top prize in the event no. 20, the $1,500 pot-limit hold’em event.

Kelly is the third European to win a bracelet at this year’s Series following Ville Wahlbeck — who is currently vying with fellow Europeans Roland De Wolfe, David Benyamine, and Max Pescatori for his third final table of the series — and Vitaly Lunkin.

Kelly called his opponent’s all-in raise on the turn, having hit a queen to pair while his Tschirch, who had paired his five on the flop and could not overtake the 24-year-old Englishman and collected $120,102 for coming second out of 633 players.