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WSOP Europe -- J.P. Kelly Wins Event No. 1

Kelly Wins Second Bracelet After Rollercoaster Final Table


J.P. KellyNine 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: AClub Suit 7Spade Suit
Martin: ASpade Suit KSpade Suit
Drexel: ADiamond Suit KHeart Suit

Board: KClub Suit JClub Suit 4Club Suit 4Diamond Suit 8Spade Suit

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 AHeart Suit JSpade Suit 10Diamond Suit. Roux checked, and Alshamah quickly moved all in. Roux passed, and Alshamah and Drexel revealed their cards. Drexel had pocket queens, and Alshamah had AHeart Suit KClub Suit. The turn and the river were the JDiamond Suit and the 3Club Suit. 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 ASpade Suit JSpade Suit. The cards fell KDiamond Suit 9Heart Suit 4Club Suit 4Spade Suit 3Club Suit, 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: 4Club Suit 4Spade Suit
Dunlop: KSpade Suit KDiamond Suit

Board: 8Club Suit 8Diamond Suit 7Club Suit 5Heart Suit QDiamond Suit

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 ASpade Suit 4Heart Suit. 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: KHeart Suit QSpade Suit
Dunlop: AHeart Suit 8Heart Suit

The flop came KClub Suit 5Diamond Suit 2Club Suit, giving Alshamah a king, but the turn was a gift for Dunlop in the form of the AClub Suit, and the river was the 4Heart Suit. Alshamah hit the rail in third place for £55,468, and left Dunlop and Kelly to the ultimate battle of the day.

Chip Counts:

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 DunlopFabien Dunlop Eliminated in Second Place (£84,512)

On a QDiamond Suit 10Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit flop, Kelly bet, Dunlop raised, and Kelly moved all in. Dunlop made the call and turned over JDiamond Suit 2Diamond Suit for the flush draw. However, Kelly turned over KDiamond Suit 8Diamond Suit for the higher flush draw.

The turn was the 5Club Suit, and a diamond sparkled on the river in the shape of the 3Diamond Suit. 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 QDiamond Suit JHeart Suit hit trips on a QHeart Suit QClub Suit 10Club Suit 6Spade Suit KSpade Suit board.

Dunlop’s 9Diamond Suit 4Heart Suit could not compete, and he left the event as the runner-up finisher with £84,512.