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JP Kelly

John Paul Kelly
JP Kelly
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Total winnings
$ 2,113,605
First place Finishes


John Paul 'JP' Kelly is a professional poker player from Aylesbury, United Kingdom. He is best known for winning two World Series of Poker bracelets in 2009. He won his first one in Vegas by taking down the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event and then a few months later he scored the second one at the WSOP Europe when he came out victorious in the £1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event.


British poker pro JP Kelly had been playing poker for fun against friends and family for years, but never took it seriously until he started watching the classic TV show Late Night Poker. Like so many others, JP was inspired by the show to go and start playing the game himself. Unlike so many others however, he was willing to put in the hard work needed to learn the game properly, and was soon able to make poker his living.


Kelly was born in 1987 in Aylesbury, United Kingdom. Although he's been familiar with poker for a long time, it wasn't until he turned 17 that he started to take the game seriously. Like many young guns in poker, he left school in order to play the high stakes games and tournaments full-time and pursue a career as a poker pro. However, only a few of those who make that decision, actually succeed. Kelly was the one who did.

World Series of Poker

He has a solid record of live tournament wins stretching back to 2005, most coming at events held across the UK and Ireland. The first signs of the World Series of Poker success that was to come came in 2007 when he cashed twice in Las Vegas, including a 16th place finish in a $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em event. JP returned the following year and made the final table of a $2,500 mixed Hold'em/Omaha event, finishing in ninth place for $22,598.

A year later in 2009, JP was back in Vegas once again, and ready to make his mark on what was to be a great year for UK pros at the WSOP. He played in a $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em event and won, walking away with the bracelet and $194,434 in cash for beating a field of 632 players. After a small cash in another event, he traveled back to London and amazingly won another bracelet at the World Series of Poker Europe, this time in a £1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event, good for a further $225,535. Not only had JP now well and truly arrived on the scene, he'd also become the first poker player from the UK to win two World Series bracelets.

After his incredible performance in 2009, Kelly scored a few more decent results in the following years. In 2010 he placed second in the WSOPE £1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for £82,854 in cash. Then in 2011 he went deep in the Main Event in Vegas. He got busted in 26th place and took home just over $300,000. Then in 2012 he collected five more cashes for a total of $156,000.

JP Kelly's Top 5 WSOP Results

2009$1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em1st$194,434
2009WSOPE £1,000 No-Limit Hold'em1st£136,803 ($225,535)
2010WSOPE £1,000 No-Limit Hold'em2nd£82,854 ($127,818)
2012$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em8th$49,621
2008$2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha9th$22,598

European Poker Tour

With two WSOP bracelets already in his collection, Kelly still has to conquer the European poker circuit. He has a number of final table finishes in EPT side events on his record, however, when it comes to main events, Kelly has nothing to boast about. His best Main Event performance so far was at the 2006 EPT Barcelona where Kelly placed 26th collecting €11,500 in prize money.

JP Kelly's Top 5 EPT Results

2009Warsaw €1,225 Pot-Limit Omaha4th€3,309
2012Madrid €2,000 No-Limit Hold'em / 8 Max Bounty4th€5,700
2012Grand Final, Monte Carlo €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em4th€62,000
2011Grand Final, Madrid €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / 8 Max6th€30,000
2012Grand Final, Monte Carlo €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / 6 Max Turbo6th€24,500

Other Achievements

In April, 2006 Kelly won the £1,500 Main Event at the Springfest in Luton, UK collecting £45,000 in first-place cash. He put up another memorable performance at the Macau High Stakes Challenge $258,000 Super High Roller event in 2012. Kelly finished the event in 12th place taking home $587,778 in cash.


Kelly used to represent the online poker giant PokerStars as a member of Team PokerStars Pro. However, in November, 2011 the partnership was terminated.

Did you know?

  • Kelly was the first British player to win two World Series of Poker bracelets.
  • When he's not grinding at the poker tables Kelly likes to play golf and tennis.

Tournaments and Winnings

Tournament Place Winnings
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em64th$8,269
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship109th$53,247
2014 EPT Deauville
€5,300 Main Event10th€41,200
2013 International Stadiums Poker Tour Wembley Stadium
€3,000 Main Event360th€540
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #21: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)46th$7,909
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event203rd$44,655
Event 50: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em50th$17,360
Event 41: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em10th$41,976
Event 11: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha80th$3,260
Event 2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em8th$49,621
2012 EPT Berlin
Main Event70th€11,000
2011 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship - No Limit Hold'em26th$302,005
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Shootout18th$13,368
EPT Grand Final
€ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - 8 Max6th€30,000
Irish Open 2011
€ 3,200 Main Event - No Limit Hold'em22nd€11,700
UK & Ireland Poker Tour - Manchester
£ 500 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event5th£16,000
EPT Copenhagen
DKr 35,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event41st65,000 DKR
2011 Aussie Millions
A$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em5th23,870 AUD
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event97th$23,500
EPT London
£ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em10th£5,140
£ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event (UKIPT Grand Final)120th£7,500
2010 World Series Of Poker - Europe
£ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em2nd£82,854
EPT Vilamoura
€ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event29th€9,312
2010 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em22nd$5,120
2010 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em111st$57,102
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em208th$3,089
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em - Six Handed40th$7,610
UK & Ireland Poker Tour - Nottingham
£ 200 No Limit Hold'em - Six Max1st£11,682
EPT Grand Final
€ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em24th€5,900
2010 Aussie Millions
A$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event67th15,000 AUD
A$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em - Opening Event68th3,429 AUD
EPT Warsaw
€ 1,225 Pot Limit Omaha4th€3,309
2009 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour - Leg 8
£ 250 No Limit Hold'em1st£2,700 World Open V
Heat 25th
EPT London
£ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event58th£10,600
2009 World Series Of Poker - Europe
£ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em1st£136,803
2009 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 Pot Limit Omaha34th$6,056
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em1st$194,434
Seventh Annual Five Star World Poker Classic
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em16th$1,875
2009 Aussie Millions
A$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Aussie Millions43rd20,000 AUD
Grosvenor UK Poker Tour - Grand Final
£ 200 No Limit Hold'em5th£3,300
Master Classics of Poker 2008
€ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em26th€2,560
Bellagio Weekly Tournaments - Jun 2008
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em6th$4,650
2008 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha9th$22,598
Blonde Poker Team Event
€ 150 No Limit Hold'em - Team Event1st€2,800
Blondepoker Coursing Clonmel
€ 200 No Limit Hold'em5th€1,500
Grosvenor Grand Prix
£ 100 Pot Limit Hold'em117th£100
2007 World Series of Poker
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em16th$16,891
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em32nd$12,348
WSOP Circuit - Caesars Palace
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em8th$12,047
Fifth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic
$ 2,500 Super Satellite16th$25,700
William Hill Poker Grand Prix II
Heat 64th
Christmas Cracker
£ 200 Pot Limit Hold'em1st£7,200
Northern Lights
£ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em4th£14,800
£ 150 Pot Limit Hold'em2nd£8,100
Master Classics of Poker 2006
€ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em20th€1,000
The European Poker Championships
£ 200 Pot Limit Hold'em5th£3,700
Barcelona Open 2006
€ 4,800 EPT - No Limit Hold'em24th€11,500
Grosvenor UK Open
£ 300 No Limit Hold'em Shootout4th£900
Sportsman Inaugural Poker Championship
£ 500 No Limit Hold'em1st£14,500
Springfest 2006
£ 1,500 Main Event - No Limit Hold'em1st£45,000
£ 200 Pot Limit Omaha3rd£2,280
Midlands Medley 2006
£ 250 Pot Limit Omaha2nd£5,200
2005 Christmas Cracker
£ 250 No Limit Hold'em Shootout8th£250
£ 200 Pot Limit Omaha2nd£3,100
Northern Lights
£ 500 No Limit Hold'em1st£24,700
Harbour Lights Poker Festival 2005
£ 300 Pot Limit Hold'em1st£6,100
Blackpool Bonanza
£ 50 Pot Limit Hold'em2nd£2,480
Springfest 2005
£ 150 No Limit Hold'em1st£11,100
Midlands Medley 2005
£ 200 Pot Limit Omaha11th£400
£ 200 No Limit Hold'em1st£19,700
The Grosvenor Grand Challenge
£ 250 Pot Limit Hold'em5th£3,630
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