Sign Up For Card Player's Newsletter And Free Bi-Monthly Online Magazine

WSOP: Daniel Kelly Leads Going Into Event No. 52 Final Table

Daniel Kelly Rises From Last to First in Chips on Day 3


KellyDay 3 of event No. 52 ($25,000 no-limit hold’em six-handed) played down quickly from 18 players to the final six on Friday, and when the chips were bagged for the night one player’s meteoric rise up the leader board stood out above the rest.

Daniel “djk123” Kelly is known as one of the toughest online poker players around, but he entered day 3 with the shortest stack of the remaining 18 competitors.

After an action-packed day of play, the 21-year-old will take the chip lead into his first WSOP final-table appearance on Saturday, with the hope of winning the $1,315,318 first-place prize and the coveted WSOP bracelet.

During his rise from the bottom to the top, Kelly eliminated the day’s starting chip leader Bryn Kenney in eighth place.

Kenneydjk123 Killed Kenney

Bryn Kenney raised to 80,000 and Dan “djk123” Kelly called from the big blind.

The flop ran 9Club Suit 6Club Suit 2Heart Suit and Kelly checked. Kenney fired 90,000 and Kelly check-raised to 240,000. Kenney moved all in and Kelly called. Their hands:

Kelly: JHeart Suit 9Diamond Suit
Kenney: JClub Suit 10Club Suit

Kelly held the lead but Kenney was drawing to the flush. The turn brought the 6Spade Suit and Kenney needed a club or a ten to stay alive. The KDiamond Suit fell on the river and Kenney was gone in eighth place, making $141,168.

A Tough Table

Several top players didn’t survive the day, with Daniel Negreanu, Justin Bonomo, Isaac Haxton and others falling short of making the final table. But judging by those who are left, Kelly is going to have his hands full at the final table.

Here is a look at the remaining players and their chip stacks:

Seat 1: Frank Kassela – 2,610,000
Seat 2: Jason Somerville – 1,665,000
Seat 3: Dan Kelly – 5,895,000
Seat 4: Eugene Katchalov – 475,000
Seat 5: Shawn Buchanan – 2,110,000
Seat 6: Mikael Thuritz – 1,535,000

Frank Kassela is the only player to win two WSOP events in the 2010 Series, and he’s out in front in the WSOP Player of the Year race.

Jason Somerville is coming off of an impressive third-place finish in the $10,000 no-limit hold’em heads-up championship just a few short weeks ago.

Eugene Katchalov will sit down at his third final table of the 2010 WSOP Saturday.

Shawn Buchanan enters the final day having already cashed in an impressive seven WSOP events already this year. This will make eight.

Mikael Thuritz made the final table of the $50,000 Players Championship earlier in the Series.

Put all of these players at the same table, and the final day of event No. 52 should be one to remember. Stay tuned to for final table coverage starting Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

CardPlayer.TV Caught Up With Daniel Kelly on a Break During Day 3
<param name=“flashvars” value=’ ‘config={"clip":{"autoPlay":false,“provider”:“rtmp”,“url”:“mp4:video/w/WSOP25kDJK”},“canvas”:{"backgroundColor":“#000000”},“screen”:{"width":440,height,top,right,“plugins”:{"controls":{"url":“”,“logoURL”:“”,“backgroundColor”:“#333333”,“backgroundGradient”:“low”,“buttonColor”:“#666666”,“bufferColor”:“#330000”,“timeColor”:“#dddddd”,“durationColor”:“#ED1C24”,“progressColor”:“#ED1C24”},“rtmp”:{"url":“”,“netConnectionUrl”:“rtmp://”}}}’ ’ />

Follow Players on Twitter

Daniel Kelly