Brunson's Favorite Kelly Seals WSOP Bracelet

Dan Kelly
Kelly brought a few friends with him to the final table.

Young online sensation Daniel "djk123" Kelly scythed through a tough field to scoop the $25k six-max bracelet at the World Series of Poker, Saturday.

"It definitely exceeds my expectations," said Kelly, following his win for an impressive $1,315,518.

"Hopefully I can keep winning. I want to win more bracelets."

The final saw the 21 year old American face off against some talented opposition, including Player of the Year and double-bracelet winner Frank Kasella, as well as Canadian Shawn Buchanan - who was making an incredible eighth cash of the series.

Frank Kassela was looking to emulate Jeffrey Lisandro's achievement of three bracelets in one series, but an anguished Kassela fell short when his two pair was harshly outdrawn by Buchanan's straight draw. Despite his elimination in third, Kassela's points tally is likely to see him crowned Player of the Year come the end of the series.

Buchanan may have had some luck versus Kassela but he was given a taste of his own medicine when he faced off against Kelly heads-up.

With most of the chips in the tournament in the pot pre-flop, Buchanan had his opponent in some trouble - holding pocket jacks to Kelly's dominated ace-ten, but a spiked bullet on the river changed everything.

Suddenly Kelly's enthusiastic supporters burst out cheering, and he broke out in a smile, saying later that he felt "surprise and excitement" when that fateful card swung his fortunes round.

"I was nervous at the start so it's nice to have people cheering you on," he added of his boisterous rail.

One side-note to the tournament is that Kelly is currently engaged in a four-way race with Michael Martin, Faraz Jaka and David Sands to lock up a place in the "Brunson 10."

"The Brunson 10" are a group of ten young players who will represent Doyle's Room - with the next choice whichever of the above four players performs best at WSOP 2010.

Kelly's bracelet success means he has almost certainly cemented his "Brunson 10" berth - assuming none of the others can do something incredible in the last few events of WSOP 2010.

Even if they have plans to make ground on the the latest bracelet winner, Kelly may just stand in their way.

Asked what he has planned next, he said simply with a smile, "I'm going to try and win the Main Event."


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