Timothy Kelly Holds Huge WPTDeepStacks Main Event Chip Lead

Timothy Kelly

Timothy Kelly has not only reached the nine-handed final table of the partypoker WPTDeepStacks Main Event but has done so in style. Kelly, the General Manager at Tournament Poker Edge, looks to have been gorging on training videos on his site judging by the colossal chip lead he has.

WPTDeepStacks Main Event Final Table Chip Counts

1Timothy KellyCanada100,646,702
2Jerry OdeenSweden46,724,570
3Felix StephensenCanada23,978,706
4Joakim AnderssonMalta22,337,628
5Philipp HofbauerAustria17,084,060
6Simon BrandstromSweden16,202,453
7Michael SklenickaCzech Republic13,077,543
8Thomas HueberAustria12,942,088
9Volodymyr PalamarUkraine7,256,700

Kelly sits down at 7:05 p.m. BST on October 26 with an arsenal of 100,646,702 chips. The number looks impressive in its own right, but even more so when you consider second-placed Jerry Odeen "only" has 46,724,570 chips in his stack. To give a little more perspective, Kelly has 167.7 big blinds at his disposal, while Odeen has 77.8 big blinds.

Rarely does a player enjoy such a substantial chip advantage over their final table opponents. It is fair to say this is Kelly’s tournament to lose. That said, the chasing pack is brimming with top poker talent, not least the aforementioned Odeen.

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Sweden’s Odeen won his $1,100 seat via a $109 Mega Satellite earlier in the series. He progressed t Day 2 with a top three stack, and has built on his impressive start to sit down at this final table second in chips. Odeen goes into the final table, which is streamed on partypoker’s Twitch channel from 7:30 p.m. BST on October 26, having finished second in the Closer event for more than $35,000.

Third place at the restart is a player who we do not see as much as we once did. Now based in Canada, Felix Stephensen shot to fame in 2014 when he finished second to Martin Jacobson in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. It was a result that saw the PLO cash game specialist return to Norway with more than $5.1 million. Stephensen missed out on glory that day, perhaps redemption is on the cards? He sits down with 23,978,706 chips.

Slightly lower down the counts you find Joakim Andersson with a 22,337,628 stack. Andersson is usually found tearing it up at GGPoker, especially in the $10,300 Super MILLION$ but is now in the thick of it at partypoker.

Austria’s Philipp Hofbauer finds himself in contention with 17,084,060 chips, and looking for yet another big partypoker score. Hofbauer finished fifth in the WPT World Online Championships Main Event a few months ago and scooped $202,733 for his efforts.

Another player with WPT pedigree is Simon Brandstrom. The Swede is sixth in chips with a 16,202,453 and looking for a repeat performance from October 2019 when he was crowned WPT UK Main Event champion.

Michael Sklenicka (13,077,543) was the Day 1 chip leader, and he’s built on that solid start to reach the final table. Thomas Hueber (121,942,088) and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Palamar (7,256,700) complete the final table.

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