WCOOP Profile: djk123 best of the worse

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgIt's been said that it's hard to find Razz players anymore because they have all either died of old age or killed themselves in a fit of depression. In most casinos, it's nearly impossible to find a room spreading Razz, and if you do find it, it's usually in a low limit mixed game. So, that may be why it's not so hard to accept that this year's World Championship of Online Poker Razz champion is a 20-year-old college student who has barely played live poker in his life.

"Not much at all besides home games," said Daniel Kelly, aka djk123.

As you might have already read, Kelly took down WCOOP Event #2 this morning to the tune of more than $53,000. It's money he has no plans for necessarily, and that's what makes him so interesting.

Take a poll of Villanova juniors and ask them what they'd do with more than $50,000 and you'd get a bunch of different answers--tuition, parties, and spring break trips probably at the top of the list. Kelly, however, is more than a little laid back about winning a WCOOP bracelet.

"It was exhausting, but a lot of fun also," he told us after his win. "It's not my biggest win."


In just the past four months, Kelly has hit PokerStars tournaments for $69,000 and $18,000. His recent performance goes well to further his succinctly stated goal to "win heaps of money."

No, despite the prestige that comes with winning a WCOOP event, the youngster is taking it in stride. At 20 years old, Kelly is a bit of an anomaly. He's a young man who considers Stud-8 won of his best games, has won a WCOOP bracelet, and still does more than hold his own on the No-limit Hold'em field. It's a success that he attributes quite simple to "Books, forums, and practice."

The scary part is, unlike most the Razz players we know, Kelly is in no danger of dying of old age or offing himself after an endless and miserable string of bricks. That is to say, he looks to be around for a while, so you best look out for him and his heaps of money. As of today, he's the best of having the worst of it. And for at least today, that's a really good thing.

To read more on Kelly's latest achievement, check out Change 100's report: Daniel "djk123" Kelly dazzles in EVent#2, $215 Razz.

Brad Willis
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