Commentary

Steven Kelly wins shootout event

Updated: July 1, 2010, 5:47 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

It was the day that the poker world had been waiting for: Annette Obrestad was one of the final 14 players in the $1,500 shootout and her chances at a WSOP bracelet in Las Vegas had never been closer. Obrestad and 13 others had won their first two tables over the first two days and would need to outlast essentially a 14-player sit-and-go to win a WSOP bracelet. Obrestad wasn't the only storyline among the final 14. Bracelet winners J.C. Tran and Justin Scott were still in contention along with 2006 WSOP Circuit champion Jeffrey King.

Also in the hunt was Steven Kelly, a 21-year-old online poker pro from Camarillo, CA. Playing at the WSOP for the first time in 2010, Kelly would be the one to finish the job and become the fifth-youngest WSOP champion.

Kelly began playing online poker at the age of 15 on a play-money site. He accumulated so many chips that he started a website that allowed players to sell their play money chips to each other. When he turned 18, he turned to the real money cash games. He quickly won a $5 tournament for $6,000 and used that bankroll bump to transition to bigger tournaments and higher-stakes cash games. The bankroll provided enough for him to enter the WSOP and continued to build and after making his first cash this year (54th-place finish in Event 16), Kelly would win Event 39 and his first title.

"It means a lot," said Kelly of the victory. "It's all I do. So, to win is really amazing. Now, I want to win a few more."

Commenting that the bracelet was more important than the money, Kelly held up his bracelet in front of the crowded tables of the Rio, but no friends and family in sight. The final table came too quickly for his friends and family to make the trip this time, but they'll have plenty of time to see the bracelet when he brings it home after the Series.

King, a seasoned tournament veteran, finished second. This was his second WSOP final table and third-largest cash of his career which now includes $1.2 million in earnings. Neither Obrestad nor J.C. Tran reached the final table, finishing 11th and 13th, respectively. Scott was the only bracelet-winner at the final table and he would be eliminated in ninth place.

Here are the highlights from Kelly's victory:

Other notable finishers from Event 39 include Dustin Dirksen (fourth), Chau Giang (eliminated in second round) and Jeff Sarwer (eliminated in second round).

Below are the complete results of Event 39 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 39: no-limit hold 'em shootout
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 1,397
Prize pool: $1,885,950
Players in the money: 140

1. Steven Kelly ($381,922)
2. Jeffrey King ($236,819)
3. Derric Haynie ($161,117)
4. Dustin Dirksen ($112,214)
5. Reagan Leman ($78,361)
6. Brett Shaffer ($56,446)
7. Paul Varano ($40,887)
8. Michael Cooper ($30,119)
9. Justin Scott ($22,575)
10. Michael Pesek ($17,294)
11. Annette Obrestad ($13,654)
12. Johnny Kitchens ($10,844)
13. J.C. Tran ($8,638)
14. Heinz Kamutzki ($6,940)
15. Tristan Wade ($5,620)
16. Steve Hohn ($5,620)
17. Leonard Cortelino ($5,620)
18. Fatima Moreira De Melo ($5,620)
19. Philip Jacobsen ($5,620)
20. Sam El Sayed ($5,620)
21. Yasuhiro Waki ($5,620)
22. Samuel Trickett ($5,620)
23. Chau Giang ($5,620)
24. Adam Croffut ($5,620)
25. Christophe Lebreton ($5,620)
26. Sean Grover ($5,620)
27. Paul Foltyn ($5,620)
28. Kevin Ho ($5,620)
29. Harry Pozefsky ($5,620)
30. Robert Thompson ($5,620)
31. Matthew Jensen ($5,620)
32. Jeffrey Sarwer ($5,620)
33. Emil Gunnarsson ($5,620)
34. Yaman Nakdali ($5,620)
35. Grayson Ramage ($5,620)
36. Steven Burkholder ($5,620)
37. Vincent Dulac ($5,620)
38. Chris Rentes ($5,620)
39. Gioi Luong ($5,620)
40. Kyle Brossia ($5,620)
41. Cory Carroll ($5,620)
42. Michael Binger ($5,620)
43. Kristian Lunardi ($5,620)
44. Jeff Kimber ($5,620)
45. Randy Holland ($5,620)
46. Thomas Belleuvre ($5,620)
47. Roger Teska ($5,620)
48. Peter Nguyen ($5,620)
49. Gregory Lindberg ($5,620)
50. Dan Kelly ($5,620)
51. Richard Toth ($5,620)
52. Christophe Benzimba ($5,620)
53. Richard Phillips ($5,620)
54. Mark Schmid ($5,620)
55. Barry Hutter ($5,620)
56. Richard Hawes ($5,620)
57. Benjamin Palmer ($5,620)
58. Darius Campo ($5,620)
59. Eric Lucas ($5,620)
60. Ylon Schwartz ($5,620)
61. Derrick Yamada ($5,620)
62. Yann Dion ($5,620)
63. Mclean Karr ($5,620)
64. Jeffrey Rothstein ($5,620)
65. Victor Ramdin ($5,620)
66. Joseph Morneau ($5,620)
67. John Graves ($5,620)
68. Thomas Middleton ($5,620)
69. Johanssy Joseph ($5,620)
70. Adrien Allain ($5,620)
71. Thomas Taylor ($5,620)
72. Ryan Davis ($5,620)
73. Dong Suh ($5,620)
74. Adolfo Castillo ($5,620)
75. Samer Khuri ($5,620)
76. Tim Kahlmeyer ($5,620)
77. Patrick Hanoteau ($5,620)
78. Mathew Frankland ($5,620)
79. David Barter ($5,620)
80. Ryan Julius ($5,620)
81. Scott Sitron ($5,620)
82. William McBride ($5,620)
83. Mihai Manole ($5,620)
84. Paul Magriel ($5,620)
85. Blake Slade ($5,620)
86. Joseph Ward ($5,620)
87. Andras Kovacs ($5,620)
88. Thomas Koral ($5,620)
89. Adam Levy ($5,620)
90. Berry Wheeler ($5,620)
91. Feming Chan ($5,620)
92. Adam Schoenfeld ($5,620)
93. Alexander Millar ($5,620)
94. Daniel Alspach ($5,620)
95. Tommaso Briotti ($5,620)
96. Isabelle Mercier ($5,620)
97. Manuel Darsigny ($5,620)
98. Benjamin Zamani ($5,620)
99. Steven Fung ($5,620)
100. Bryan Devonshire ($5,620)
101. Christopher Mcclung ($5,620)
102. William Miner ($5,620)
103. Peter Costa ($5,620)
104. Michael Skomac ($5,620)
105. Jason Koon ($5,620)
106. Rob Perelman ($5,620)
107. Tony Dunst ($5,620)
108. Felipe Montenegro ($5,620)
109. John Strzemp ($5,620)
110. Mikhail Shalamov ($5,620)
111. Desmond Portano ($5,620)
112. Edric Lim ($5,620)
113. Bryan Porter ($5,620)
114. Shaun Hartlin ($5,620)
115. Scott Baumstein ($5,620)
116. Nathan Schoo ($5,620)
117. Erik Fladseth ($5,620)
118. Nicholas Verkaik ($5,620)
119. Jack Taylor ($5,620)
120. Matthew Schulte ($5,620)
121. Michael Noda ($5,620)
122. Stephen Sallot ($5,620)
123. G Vanstrydonck ($5,620)
124. Hungcheng Hung ($5,620)
125. John Kim ($5,620)
126. Peter Turmezey ($5,620)
127. David Miscikowski ($5,620)
128. Matthew Kay ($5,620)
129. Jameson Painter ($5,620)
130. Stewart Gillespie ($5,620)
131. Jesse Martin ($5,620)
132. Jeremiah Vinsant ($5,620)
133. Mike Beasley ($5,620)
134. Adam Kornuth ($5,620)
135. Terrence Chan ($5,620)
136. Robert Mizrachi ($5,620)
137. Anthony Utnage ($5,620)
138. Andrew Shack ($5,620)
139. Michael Adamo ($5,620)
140. Maxim Semisoshenko ($5,620)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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