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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 21, 2010 to Thursday, June 24, 2010

Event #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout (2,000 player max)

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,885,950
  • Entries: 1,397
  • Remaining: 1397


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Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:42 AM Local Time

After battling their way through two ten-handed tables to get to today's final day of play, 14 players came with a theoretically equal shot of taking the bracelet. All started with the same stack size -- sort of like a 14-person sit-n-go -- and in the end it was Steven Kelly with all the chips. Kelly earns his second cash of the summer, and his first ever WSOP bracelet.

A total of 1,397 players entered this one, and after two days the final 14 included two-time bracelet winner J.C. Tran, another WSOP bracelet winner in Justin Scott, and 2007 WSOPE Main Event champion Annette Obrestad. Tran ran into some bad fortune early today and went out in 13th. Then Obrestad came up shy of the final table when both she and Michael Pesek were knocked out in a hand by Derric Haynie.

Scott would be the first to depart from the final table in 9th. As others hit the rail, Jeffrey King took the chip lead and maintained it for much of the evening. This was King's fifth WSOP final table and it looked as though this might be the one where he would break through.

Finally Dustin Dirksen -- once a WSOP runner-up -- went out in fourth, and Haynie in third, by which point King had relinquished the lead to Kelly. With a 3-to-1 lead in chips to start heads-up play, Kelly pushed his advantage from the start, and within about 15 hands it was over.

Congratulations to Steven Kelly, Event #39 champion! Come back to PokerNews tomorrow to see who wins the next bracelet as we continue our march toward the Main Event.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:34 AM Local Time

Jeffrey King open-shoved for just shy of 1,500,000 with the button. Steven Kelly sweated his cards, thought for a moment and made the call.




The remaining spectators in the ESPN final table area crowded around the table as the dealer wrapped the tabled and delivered the   flop.

A good sweat.

The   on the turn took away King's backdoor flush draw though, and the   on the river ended the hand completely.

King, very gentleman-like, stood from his chair, shook Kelly's hand and congratulated him on the momentous accomplishment. This was King's fifth final table at the World Series of Poker, and although he couldn't clinch his first bracelet he does walk away with a hefty second place prize; $236,819.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:26 AM Local Time

Following that last hand, Jeffrey King pushed all in three times within five hands, but got no call from Steven Kelly.

We're a little over a dozen hands into heads-up play now, with Kelly maintaining about a 3-to-1 chip advantage over King. Kelly has about 4.9 million to King's 1.4 million.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:20 AM Local Time

After walking, Jeffrey King just won his first legitimate hand heads up.

King limped in witht he button and Steven Kelly checked his option. The flop fell   and Kelly checked to King who bet 60,000. Kelly released and King raked in the pot.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:18 AM Local Time

After winning that first hand of heads-up play, Steven Kelly took the next five hands in a row as well -- all relatively small pots, with just one flop seen.

He's edged out further to more than 5 million versus Jeffrey King's 1.25 million.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:13 AM Local Time

On the first hand of heads up, Jeffrey King limped from the small blind/button and Steven Kelly checked.

The flop came    , and both players checked. The turn was the  . Kelly bet 115,000, and King called.

The river was the  . Kelly checked, King bet 160,000, and Kelly quickly check-raised to 750,000. King didn't take long to let it go.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:13 AM Local Time

We're heads-up! Steven Kelly begins heads-up play with about 4.6 million to Jeffrey King's 1.7 million.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:12 AM Local Time

Steven Kelly opened to 165,000 from the button and Derric Haynie moved all in for just about 1,000,000 from the big blind. Kelly thought for a second before making the call.




There were shouts for a queen or a jack, but the   flop missed Haynie. The   on the turn didn't give him a winner either, but it did give him three extra outs to counterfeit Kelly.

The dealer wrapped the table and delivered paint on the river, but the   did not improve Haynie and he was eliminated in 3rd place.

We are now heads up in Event #39 for the bracelet and $381,922.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:05 AM Local Time

On the second hand back from the break, Derric Haynie open-raised all in from the small blind, and chip leader Steven Kelly conceded his big blind.

Haynie is still hovering right around 1 million, well behind Kelly with 3.6 million. Jeffrey King has about 1.7 million.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:03 AM Local Time

Steven Kelly -- 3.72 million

Jeffrey King -- 1.64 million

Derric Haynie -- 940,000

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:43 PM Local Time

For 20 minutes!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:43 PM Local Time

Steven Kelly limped in from the small blind and Jeffrey King raised to 140,000 from the big blind. Kelly re-raised to 300,000 and King called.

The flop fell   and Kelly led for 260,000. King folded and Kelly extended his chip lead.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:38 PM Local Time

Jeffrey King limped in from the small blind and Derric Haynie checked his option in the big blind.

The dealer flopped   and King led for 50,000. Haynie called.

The turn brought the   and King checked to Haynie who bet 110,000. King called.

King checked again after the   rivered and Haynie double-fisted 260,000 into the middle. King folded and Haynie chipped up to 940,000.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:33 PM Local Time

Derric Haynie folded on the button, then Steven Kelly raised to 100,000 from the small blind. Jeffrey King checked from the BB, and the flop came    . Both players checked.

The turn was the  . Kelly checked, then King promptly pushed out 120,000. Kelly then check-raised to 240,000, and King decided against pursuing the matter.

Kelly is up over 3 million now. King is second with about 2.2 million, and Derric Haynie has 940,000.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:28 PM Local Time

Steven Kelly raised to 100,000 with the button and Derric Haynie defended from the big blind.

Haynie check-called bets on both the   flop and the   turn.

After the   rivered, he checked a third time and Kelly put out a big bet; 675,000. Haynie cut out enough chips to call and paused for a moment before sliding them in.

Kelly opened   for two pair and Haynie mucked his hand.

Kelly is our new chip leader with 2,900,000 chips and Haynie is our short stack now with just 830,000.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:21 PM Local Time

It folded to Derric Haynie in the small blind who open-shoved, then Dustin Dirksen called with his remaining 700,000 or so.



"Queen! Queen! Queen!" shouted Haynie's cheering section. The dealer burned one and complied with the request, delivering a     flop. Haynie's supporters continued to petition for more queens, though were likely plenty satisfied with the   turn and   river.

Dirksen was less satisfied, obviously, although a six-figure payday for fourth place will help with that, one imagines. Haynie chips up over 2 million.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:12 PM Local Time

Action folded to Derric Haynie in the small blind who raised to 115,000. Dustin Dirksen defended his big blind and the flop fell  .

Haynie led for 150,000, Dirksen folded and Haynie took down the pot.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:08 PM Local Time

Jeffrey King completed from the small blind, and Derric Haynie checked from the big blind. The flop came    . King checked, Haynie bet 40,000, and King called. Both then checked the   turn.

The river was the  . King bet 80,000 this time, and Haynie called. King tabled    for sevens, and Haynie mucked.

King has 2.83 million, while Haynie is now fourth of four with about 700,000.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:58 PM Local Time

Action folded to Jeffrey King in the small blind who raised to 80,000. Derric Haydie called from the big.

The dealer fanned   and King led for 165,000. Haydie called.

Both players checked the   on the turn, and King again checked after the   rivered. Haydie took the opportunity to bet 300,000 and King folded.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:55 PM Local Time

Derric Haynie raised to 90,000 from under the gun, and Dustin Dirksen quickly pushed all in from the button for 910,000.

Steven Kelly tanked for some time from the small blind, but stepped aside. And Jeffrey King and Haynie both skedaddles with less contemplation.

Dirksen moves to 1.18 million.