World Series of Poker Europe – JP Kelly in title defence

World Series of Poker Europe – JP Kelly in title defence

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

In total, 582 players ponied up £1,075 to compete in the cheapest event of the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe; 80 returned for Day 2 where the survivors played through the six-table money bubble and down to the final nine. Despite a wealth of poker talent busting throughout the Day 1s, the eyes of the poker world are on one British pro.

JP Kelly, who last year won a WSOP bracelet as well as the WSOPE £1,075 event, is back at the final table of the WSOPE tournament to defend his championship. He is the first player to make back-to-back NL tournament finals at the WSOP since Johnny Chan lost out to Phil Hellmuth in 1989.

JP Kelly is one of six Brits at this final table but he is also the only one to have won WSOP glitter. Last year’s $1,500 PLHE victory in Vegas as well as his takedown of this event at the 2009 WSOPE means that the pressure is on to mount a title defence. Should he win this event tonight at the age of 24 he will break Phil Ivey’s record as the youngest player to win three bracelets.

He is third in chips out of the nine remaining players with blinds at 4,000/8,000/1,000. The final table chip counts are as follows:
Seat 1: Karim Jomeem - 109,000
Seat 2: Scott Shelley - 148,000
Seat 3: Nicky Katz - 150,000
Seat 4: Paul Ian Pitchford - 77,000
Seat 5: Jeppe Brisgaard - 171,000
Seat 6: Mehdi Senhaji - 369,000
Seat 7: Kaveh Payman - 434,000
Seat 8: JP Kelly - 242,000
Seat 9: Jack Lyman - 55,000

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