Dan Kelly Wins WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event 52
NEWS FLASH:  Dan Kelly Wins WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event 52
Maryland Poker Pro Collects $1,315,518 Top Prize
It was one of the biggest buy-in tournaments in WSOP history.  It attracted just about every big name in poker.  And, it had a memorable breakthrough career victory for a player with just about every accolade in the game prior to this victory, other than a WSOP gold bracelet.  Indeed, the $25,000 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em championship had just about everything compelling in a poker tournament, including multiple record-smashing headlines.

Dan Kelly, age 21, was the winner of the $25,000 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em championship at the 2010 World Series of Poker.  This marked his first career WSOP gold bracelet victory.  Kelly collected a whopping $1,315,518 in prize money in what was only his fourth time to cash at the WSOP.  He lives in the Washington, DC suburb of Potomac, MD.

The runner up was Shawn Buchanan, a professional poker player from Vancouver, BC (Canada).  He has been playing poker seriously for about nine years.  His first time to cash at the WSOP was back in 2004.  However, Buchanan has now cashed 17 times since 2007.  He currently has eight cashes this year, which places him in a tie for most in-the-money finishes along with Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler.  The all-time record for most cashes in a single year at the WSOP is ten, held by Nikolay Evdakov.  He set the record in 2008.  Buchanan is now in serious contention to match or break the record.  He collected $812,941. 
Two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Frank Kassela was the third-place finisher.  He came within striking distance of winning what would have been a third title in a single year, which would have matched the WSOP record for wins.

This was the first time a $25,000 buy-in tournament has been held at the WSOP.  The top 18 finishers collected prize money.  Former WSOP gold bracelet finishers who cashed in this event included – Daniel Negreanu (11th), Abe Mosseri (12th), and Carlos Mortensen (17th).

There were 191 entries.  The total prize pool amounted to $4,536,250.

A full report of this event will be posted shortly.

For official tournament results and additional details, please CLICK HERE.