djk123 Holds Commanding Lead in WSOP $1,500 Limit Hold’em with 9 Left

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World Series of Poker bracelet number two could be well within the grasp of longtime PocketFiver Dan djk123Kelly (pictured), who has a commanding lead in Event #43, a $1,500 Limit Hold’em tournament. Kelly has 734,000 in chips entering the event’s final day on Sunday, leading former World Poker Tour Championship winner David Chiu‘s second place stack of 473,000.

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Kelly has already logged a final table this year in a $10,000 Limit Omaha High-Low Split Eight or Better tournament and cashed for $41,000. His blockbuster score complete with a bracelet came four years ago in a $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max eventfor over $1.3 million. Kelly, at that point a sponsored pro of DoylesRoom, had the likes of Doyle Brunson rooting him onto victory. This author was also in attendance in what was a very rowdy atmosphere.

The soft-spoken Kelly Tweeted at the end of play on Saturday at the Rio in Las Vegas, the site of the annual WSOP, “1/9 going into the ft of $1,500 LHE tomorrow at 2.” Joining him are Chiu, who won the WPT Championship in 2008, and Jeff Lisandro, who has not only gotten into a spat with Brandon Cantu at this year’s WSOP, but is also making his second final table of the 2014 series. Lisandro has the third shortest stack at 177,000, but we wouldn’t count him out just yet. Here are the nine players left:

1. Dan djk123Kelly – 734,000
2. David Chiu – 473,000
3. Sean Berrios – 373,000
4. Yegor Tsurikov – 361,000
5. Jesse Katz – 294,000
6. Brandon Shack-Harris – 269,000
7. Jeff Lisandro – 177,000
8. Ron Burke – 166,000
9. Bryce Landier – 112,000

Also scheduled to play down to a winner on Sunday is Event #42, a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max event. A baker’s dozen of players remain led by Phil Laak (pictured), who bagged 1.08 million on Saturday, the lone person with a seven-figure chip stack. Two Canadians are hot on his heels: Vancouver’s Joseph Leung and Toronto’s Sorel Imper1um Mizzi.

One of the most talked-about hands of Event #42 thus far didn’t involve Lock, Leung, or Mizzi, but rather Phil Hellmuth, who was one of the first eliminations of Saturday’s play. Hellmuth was all-in with top set on the flop, well ahead of David Bakes Baker’s pair of aces. The turn improved Hellmuth to a full house, but Baker hit a better full house on the river to bust Hellmuth and, according to WSOP.com, “throw him into one of his trademark fits.” Never a dull moment.

Here are the 13 players remaining in the PLO Six-Max event. The blinds were at 5,000-10,000 when play halted:

1. Phil Laak – 1,087,000
2. Joseph Leung – 818,000
3. Sorel Imper1umMizzi – 735,000
4. Ryan Schmidt – 720,000
5. Brant OURounder Hale – 583,000
6. Darius Studdard – 555,000
7. Michael Drummond – 546,000
8. Demis Hassabis – 515,000
9. Richard Ashby – 426,000
10. Kory s00tedj0kers Kilpatrick – 333,000
11. David Bakes Baker – 308,000
12. Michael Tabarelli – 258,000
13. Brandon Crawford – 214,000

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