At every World Series of Poker a few players indelibly leave their mark on the summer poker series, and this year was no exception. Out of all the competitors and the entire list of WSOP bracelet winners, the following five people were in my opinion the best of the best:
- Dan Kelly
- David “Bakes” Baker
- Tom Schneider
- Marco Johnson
- Matthew Ashton
In this series I will give a little back-story to each of these players and detail their accomplishments during the 2013 WSOP, beginning with Dan Kelly.
Dan Kelly is no stranger to poker success considering the man best known as djk123 at the online poker tables is one of the most successful online tournament players in the history of the game. Kelly has also had his fair share of live tournament success, winning a WSOP bracelet back in 2010 in the first $25k Six-Handed No Limit Holdem event ever held at the WSOP. Kelly also finished in 3rd place at the 2012 WPT LA Poker Classic, and came into the 2013 WSOP with about $2.3 in career live tournament earnings.
All Dan Kelly has done at the 2013 WSOP is cash eight times, including two final tables and seven Top-20 finishes. While he hasn’t managed to breakthrough with another WSOP win, Kelly began the WSOP so hot that he looked like a shoe-in to better Konstantin Puchov’s cashes in a single WSOP record that was set last year, after cashing eight times in the first 29 tournaments before coming back to earth during the second half of the series.
Over the course of the 2013 WSOP Kelly has earned nearly $500k. Here is a look at each of Dan Kelly’s eight 2013 WSOP cashes:
- Event #2 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em – 8 Handed: 6th place for $83,532
- Event #6 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Millionaire Maker: 5th place for $302,104
- Event #14 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em: 180th place for $2,774
- Event #15 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.: 16th place for $8,378
- Event #19 $5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em: 12th place for $16,011
- Event #21 $3,000 No Limit Hold’em – 6 Handed: 10th place for $33,090
- Event #25 $5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo: 20th place for $9,741
- Event #29 $5,000 H.O.R.S.E.: 17th place for $10,304
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