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British player finally tastes glory at the WSOP in Las Vegas

12/6/2009
Finally we have a British winner at the World Series of Poker, as JP Kelly, from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, took down Event 20, the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em, beating a final table that included 8-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel.

23 year old Kelly, bagging the gold bracelet and $194,434 in cash, becomes the first English champion of 2009 and the first Brit to win a WSOP gold bracelet since Ram Vaswani won the Limit Hold’em Shootout in 2007.

The Englishman needed some luck on the final hand when he was re-raised all-in on an ace-high flop. Kelly called with pocket nines only to see the A-Q of Marc Tschirch. The magic nine came on the river to bag the consistent tournament pro his first WSOP title.

As an aside, this was 7th placed Seidel’s 30th WSOP final table, an incredible achievement.

FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS

1st. John-Paul Kelly - $194,434
2nd. Marc Tschirch - $120,102
3rd. Jason Dewitt - $78,826
4th. Kyle Carlston - $54,711
5th. Aaron Virchis - $40,048
6th. Tony Steward - $30,837
7th. Erik Seidel - $24,919
8th. Andrew Radel - $21,082
9th. Ravi Raghavan - $18,637
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