Dan Kelly burst onto the WSOP scene back in 2010 when he won his first bracelet in the $25,000 NLHE Six Handed tournament for a staggering $1,315,518. Since that victory, Kelly had cashed 22 more times and made five final tables. In 2013, he would cash a total of ten times.
That second bracelet had proven elusive, however, and Kelly returned to the 2014 WSOP motivated to change that. Sunday, in Event #43: $1,500 Limit Hold'em he would do just that as he would emerge with all the chips after over 300 hands were played at the final table. "It's always nice to win," Kelly would tell the media after the event adding "it's hard to top the first one I won because it was my first WSOP and it was the 25K, but this one means a lot."
It was a tough final table that included two five-time bracelet winners, Jeff Lisandro and David Chiu. Lisandro would fall early in seventh place winning $24,683 and Chiu would follow shortly in sixth place which was good for $32,338.
With those two out of the way, the biggest threat to Kelly's second bracelet looked to be Brandon Shack-Harris who was coming into this final table already having a first and second place finish this summer. Shack-Harris would ultimately fall in third place for $78,335 and Kelly would head into heads up play against Yegor Tsurikov with a commanding chip lead.
Tsurikov would mount a couple of small comebacks during heads up action but was ultimately ground down by Kelly's constant aggression. The final hand would see Tsurikov take up against Kelly's and when the board ran out to give Kelly a queen high straight, Tsurikov would have to settle for second place and a $120,501 payday. Kelly's parents were there to celebrate the win with their son - their first time ever watching their son play at a final table. "That was pretty cool," Kelly would say when asked what he thought about that.
FINAL TABLE RESULTS
With this being only one of two limit hold'em events on the WSOP schedule in 2014, a total of 657 entrants would turn out for this event creating a prize pool of $886,950. Plenty of big names would take their shot and many would see their bracelet dreams come to an end on day one including Tom Schneider, Rep Porter, Marcel Luske, Barry Greenstein, Greg Mueller, Stephen Chidwick, Humberto Brenes, Jeff Gross, and Eric Buchman.
There were plenty who would make deep runs, make the money, but fail to reach the final table. This included Daniel Negreanu who recorded his 75th career WSOP cash finishing in 63rd place for $2,926. Others joining Negreanu in cashing were Steven Wolansky (10th - $11,681), Mitch Schock (17th - $7,459), Sam Barnhart (23rd - $6,048), Jeff Shulman (25th - $6,048), and Terrence Chan (47th - $3,459).
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