It's Shelley, Not Kelly in WSOPE £1k

JP Kelly finished runner-up in his run at a WSOPE £1k Hold’em repeat.

JP Kelly fell just short in his bid to repeat as the WSOPE’s £1k Hold’em champion in London Tuesday.

The Team PokerStars Pro got all the way to heads up with the chip lead before falling to 26-year old PKR customer support staffer and regular at the Western Poker Club in West London, Scott Shelley.

Kelly came into the final table at the Casino at the Empire inside London’s Leicester Square third in chips.

After the UK’s Nicky Katz and Karim Jomeen busted out eight and ninth respectively, he doubled up to take the lead seven-handed, getting it in with a set of eights against a Jack Lyman’s nut flush draw that failed to materialize by the river.

Kelly dropped out of the lead briefly as Lyman, Medhi Senhaji, Kaveh Payman and Paul Pitchford hit the rail, but took it back before Jeppe Bisgaard bowed out third, going into heads up for the bracelet with Shelley holding a slight edge.

Shelley battled back, however, took the lead, and outside of one double up that kept Kelly in the match, rolled over him in short order to book the £133,857 win and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Gracious in Victory, Shelley applauded Kelly’s effort.

“I respect JP a lot,” he said. “I think he’s one of the best English players out there and he was the best player at the final table by a country mile.

“He was the one guy I didn’t want to see heads up, but there he was with a chance to repeat as champion and get a third bracelet heads up against me with the chip lead. I’m just happy it all worked out for me.”

Kelly, a 24-year-old Brit who won WSOP bracelets on both sides of the Atlantic in 2009, would have also become the youngest three-time bracelet winner in WSOP history, surpassing a then 26-year-old Phil Ivey, had he won.

Instead, Shelley grabbed the bracelet, only the second for the UK won on British soil, and was ecstatic about it.

“Words can’t describe how I’m feeling,” he said. “I’m excited, I just don’t know. I feel really weird inside. The money will be life changing for me, that’s for sure.”

The event drew 582 to the Casino at the Empire in London’s Leicester Square creating a £582,000 prize pool.

Here’s how the final table finished up:

1 Scott Shelley £133,857

2 JP Kelly £82,854

3 Jeppe Bisgaard £55,063

4 Paul Pitchford £40,862

5 Kaveh Payman £30,666

6 Mehdi Senhaji £23,239

7 Jack Lyman £17,768

8 Karim Jomeen £13,694

9 Nicky Katz 10,633

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