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PKR staff member wins WSOPE gold bracelet

22 September 2010

LONDON, England -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Popular PKR staff member Scott Shelley, better known to thousands of PKR players as PKR_Scott, last night outlasted a field of 582 players to win the £1,000 buy-in WSOPE event at Leicester Square's Empire Casino.

On home turf and in front of a large and vociferous support, the 24-year-old Londoner won his first World Series of Poker title after beating defending champion and double bracelet winner JP Kelley heads up. The final hand saw both players move in all pre-flop with Shelley holding pocket threes against Kelly's Queen-Jack. The race was all but over when Shelley hit a set on the flop.

A clearly stunned Shelley said "I think I'll wake up soon. I can't believe that I've won a bracelet and a six figure cheque!" As well as the coveted gold bracelet, Shelley also takes home £133,857 – which represents an impressive return on the £100 he spent to win his seat in a special PKR staff satellite that took place at the PKR offices the previous week.

Shelly's win was all the more remarkable given his heads up opponent. Widely recognised as one of the game's premier young talents, Kelly was aiming for a place in the poker history books on several levels. A win would have made him one of the select few to win back-to-back World Series events, the first person to win two WSOPE bracelets and would also have seen him overtake the legendary Phil Ivey in becoming the youngest player to win three WSOP titles.

Malcolm Graham, CEO of PKR commented; "We're all absolutely delighted for Scott, who's been a hugely popular member of the PKR team. It genuinely couldn't have happened to a nicer guy."

Shelley, a member of the PKR customer support team for the past four years, received massive support from both his friends in the company and PKR's customers who followed the action and posted messages of support on both Facebook and on the poker site's forum.

Shelley's win completes a remarkable week for the next-generation online poker room which was also crowned #1 company in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 league table. A double celebration for all staff is planned this Friday.

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