After three gruelling days of poker and a five-hour final table, Event 20 - $1,500 Pot Limit Holdem has come to an end with John-Paul Kelly victorious!
The field contained 633 of the toughest players from around the world including John Juanda, Andy Bloch, Allen Cunningham, Brandan Cantu, Jason Mercier and JC Tran.
However when the final table came back today there would be only one big name remaining, with the crowd favorite Erik Seidel in great shape to capture his ninth bracelet and fifty-fifth WSOP cash.
However Seidel would fall in seventh as UK's own John-Paul Kelly started marching up the chip counts page following some luck, a rush of cards and a great application of patience and skill.
Entering heads-up play with the chip advantage against Germany's Marc Tschirch, Kelly and Tschirch would see-saw back and forth eventually falling back into even contention. However it would be UK that would take down this European battle when Kelly outdraw Tschirch on the turn to capture the $194,434 first prize, title of champion and coveted gold bracelet.
Congratulations to John-Paul Kelly for capturing the Event 20 Gold Bracelet. Make sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for the remainder of what is to be a very exciting 2009 World Series of Poker!
Marc Tschirch raised to 60,000 from the button and John Paul Kelly called. The flop came and Kelly checked. Tschirch bet 65,000 and Kelly check-raised to 175,000. Tschirch laid down his hand and Kelly raked in the chips.