JP Kelly

JP Kelly
GPI rank: 86981
WSOP Bracelets: 2
Total Live Earnings: $2,866,753
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Nickname: JP Kelly
Last Seen in: 2022 PokerStars EPT Barcelona
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John Paul 'JP' Kelly is a professional poker player from Aylesbury, United Kingdom. He is best known for winning two World Series of Poker bracelets in 2009. He won his first one in Vegas by taking down the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event and then a few months later he scored the second one at the WSOP Europe when he came out victorious in the £1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event.


British poker pro JP Kelly had been playing poker for fun against friends and family for years, but never took it seriously until he started watching the classic TV show Late Night Poker. Like so many others, JP was inspired by the show to go and start playing the game himself. Unlike so many others however, he was willing to put in the hard work needed to learn the game properly, and was soon able to make poker his living.


Kelly was born in 1987 in Aylesbury, United Kingdom. Although he's been familiar with poker for a long time, it wasn't until he turned 17 that he started to take the game seriously. Like many young guns in poker, he left school in order to play the high stakes games and tournaments full-time and pursue a career as a poker pro. However, only a few of those who make that decision, actually succeed. Kelly was the one who did.

World Series of Poker

He has a solid record of live tournament wins stretching back to 2005, most coming at events held across the UK and Ireland. The first signs of the World Series of Poker success that was to come came in 2007 when he cashed twice in Las Vegas, including a 16th place finish in a $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em event. JP returned the following year and made the final table of a $2,500 mixed Hold'em/Omaha event, finishing in ninth place for $22,598.

A year later in 2009, JP was back in Vegas once again, and ready to make his mark on what was to be a great year for UK pros at the WSOP. He played in a $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em event and won, walking away with the bracelet and $194,434 in cash for beating a field of 632 players. After a small cash in another event, he traveled back to London and amazingly won another bracelet at the World Series of Poker Europe, this time in a £1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event, good for a further $225,535. Not only had JP now well and truly arrived on the scene, he'd also become the first poker player from the UK to win two World Series bracelets.

After his incredible performance in 2009, Kelly scored a few more decent results in the following years. In 2010 he placed second in the WSOPE £1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for £82,854 in cash. Then in 2011 he went deep in the Main Event in Vegas. He got busted in 26th place and took home just over $300,000. Then in 2012 he collected five more cashes for a total of $156,000.

JP Kelly's Top 5 WSOP Results

2009$1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em1st$194,434
2009WSOPE £1,000 No-Limit Hold'em1st£136,803 ($225,535)
2010WSOPE £1,000 No-Limit Hold'em2nd£82,854 ($127,818)
2012$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em8th$49,621
2008$2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha9th$22,598

European Poker Tour

With two WSOP bracelets already in his collection, Kelly still has to conquer the European poker circuit. He has a number of final table finishes in EPT side events on his record, however, when it comes to main events, Kelly has nothing to boast about. His best Main Event performance so far was at the 2006 EPT Barcelona where Kelly placed 26th collecting €11,500 in prize money.

JP Kelly's Top 5 EPT Results

2009Warsaw €1,225 Pot-Limit Omaha4th€3,309
2012Madrid €2,000 No-Limit Hold'em / 8 Max Bounty4th€5,700
2012Grand Final, Monte Carlo €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em4th€62,000
2011Grand Final, Madrid €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / 8 Max6th€30,000
2012Grand Final, Monte Carlo €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / 6 Max Turbo6th€24,500

Other Achievements

In April, 2006 Kelly won the £1,500 Main Event at the Springfest in Luton, UK collecting £45,000 in first-place cash. He put up another memorable performance at the Macau High Stakes Challenge $258,000 Super High Roller event in 2012. Kelly finished the event in 12th place taking home $587,778 in cash.


Kelly used to represent the online poker giant PokerStars as a member of Team PokerStars Pro. However, in November, 2011 the partnership was terminated.

Did you know?

  • Kelly was the first British player to win two World Series of Poker bracelets.
  • When he's not grinding at the poker tables Kelly likes to play golf and tennis.

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em
64th $8,269
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #7: $565 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em
1228th $1,003
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
109th $53,247
2014 EPT Deauville
€5,300 Main Event
10th €41,200
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #21: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)
46th $7,909
2013 International Stadiums Poker Tour Wembley Stadium
€3,000 Main Event
360th €540
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
203rd $44,655
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 50: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
50th $17,360
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 41: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
10th $41,976
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 11: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
80th $3,260
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
8th $49,621
2012 EPT Berlin
Main Event
70th €11,000
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #58: $10,000 Main Event
26th $302,005
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #24: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
18th $13,368
2011 EPT Copenhagen
Main Event
41st 65,000 DKK
2011 Aussie Millions
Event #7: No-Limit Hold'em - Rebuys
5th 23,870 AUD
2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
Main Event
97th $23,500
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship
111th $57,102
2010 EPT London
Main Event
120th £7,500
World Series of Poker Europe 2010
Event #3: £1,075 No-Limit Hold'em
2nd £82,854
2010 PokerStars EPT Vilamoura
Main Event
29th €9,312
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #49: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
208th $3,089
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed
40th $7,610
2010 Aussie Millions
Event 1: $1,100 No Limit Hold'em
68th 3,429 AUD
2009 EPT London
£5,000 EPT London Main Event
58th £10,600
2009 World Series of Poker Europe
Event 1 - £1,000 No Limit Hold'em
1st £136,803
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 30 - $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha
34th $6,056
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 20 - $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em
1st $194,434
2009 Aussie Millions
Event 9 - $10,500 Aussie Millions Main Event
43rd 20,000 AUD

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