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Kelly Kim - Professional Poker Player Profile

Kelly Kim - 2008 WSOP Main Event Player

Kelly Kim - Poker PlayerKelly Kim may be the underdog of the 2008 World Series of Poker’s Main Event with the least amount of chips - 2,620,000 to be exact, 8,000,000 less than number 8 player Craig Margquis – but this former business analyst is not worried. As a matter of fact he finds the whole situation surreal and exciting all at the same time.

Kelly Kim Bio

Born in Korea, Kim lives in Whittier, California and makes his living as a professional poker player. His first tournament win was in 2003 at the Hustler Casino and he has been moving up the poker community ranks ever since. He had two cash wins in the 2007 WSOP and he paid the $10,000 fee to play this years without hesitation.

He rode out the last 13 player in this years tournament with considerably less cash than the other players, but managed to ride out the final ten player bubble. He realizes that his short stack may cause him to go out of the game early, but he feels he has already completed his main goal: to make it to the final nine. According to Kelley Kim, he’s completely freerolling and ‘…everything else is just gravy.’ He struggled at a few tables where the cards simply did not fall right for him, but he made it through. He plans on spending the next four months enjoying life and playing a few tournaments, such as the Legends of Poker.

Kim has backed away from playing tournaments over the last year and a half because of the physical and mental toll it was taking on him. However, the WSOP Main Event is the one he refuses to miss as long as he is physically able to play. He knows he is the underdog of this event and in his own way, it seems to work for him and he’s appreciative of the support he is getting.

Kelly Kim Poker Tournament History

Here is how Kelly Kims $305,966 live tournament earnings to date break down:

  • 2008 WSOP Circuit Event - Caesars Palace Las Vegas WSOP Circuit Main Event 13 05/01/2008 29 $6,440.00
  • 2007 38th Annual World Series of Poker Event 52 - No-Limit Hold’em 07/04/2007 57 $8,067.00
  • 2007 38th Annual World Series of Poker Event 19 - No-Limit Hold’em 06/13/2007 28 $12,348.00
  • 2007 Sport of Kings No-Limit Hold’em Event 1 03/28/2007 21 $845.00
  • 2007 Winnin’ o’ the Green No-Limit Hold’em Event 15 03/14/2007 4 $6,300.00
  • 2007 L.A. Poker Classic (WPT) No-Limit Hold’em Event 28 02/22/2007 24 $3,045.00
  • 2007 Poker Derby No-Limit Hold’em Event 5 01/09/2007 6 $2,595.00
  • 2006 Turkey Shoot / Ho-Ho Hold’em No-Limit Hold’em (Event 6) 11/28/2006 4 $4,630.00
  • 2006 Holiday Bonus Tournament No-Limit Hold’em 11/15/2006 23 $695.00
  • 2006 Festa Al Lago Classic (WPT) No-Limit Hold’em Event 7 10/09/2006 4 $21,405.00
  • 2006 Five-Star World Poker Classic (WPT) No-Limit Hold’em 04/08/2006 13 $6,025.00
  • 2006 L.A. Poker Classic (WPT) No-Limit Hold’em Championship 02/21/2006 17 $46,502.00
  • 2006 L.A. Poker Classic (WPT) No-Limit Hold’em 02/10/2006 3 $62,201.00
  • 2006 L.A. Poker Classic (WPT) No-Limit Hold’em 02/04/2006 17 $5,273.00
  • 2005 Ho-Ho Hold’em No-Limit Hold’em 12/09/2005 23 $595.00
  • 2005 Five Diamond World Poker Classic (WPT) No-Limit Hold’em 12/01/2005 4 $28,850.00
  • 2005 Holiday Bonus Tournament No-Limit Hold’em 11/17/2005 14 $885.00
  • 2005 9th Annual National Championship of Poker No-Limit Hold’em 10/21/2005 6 $3,700.00
  • 2005 Festa al Lago IV No-Limit Hold’em 10/14/2005 18 $3,580.00
  • 2005 Festa al Lago IV No-Limit Hold’em 10/10/2005 24 $2,160.00
  • 2005 Larry Flynt’s Grand Slam of Poker IV No-Limit Hold’em Championship 07/31/2005 17 $4,100.00
  • 2005 36th Annual World Series of Poker No-Limit Hold’em Championship 07/15/2005 398 $18,335.00
  • 2005 The Mini Series No-Limit Hold’em Points Playoff 07/04/2005 3 $1,350.00
  • 2005 The Mini Series Limit Hold’em 07/02/2005 8 $745.00
  • 2005 The Mini Series No-Limit Hold’em 06/30/2005 3 $6,670.00
  • 2005 The Mini Series No-Limit Hold’em 06/28/2005 2 $13,775.00
  • 2005 The Mini Series No-Limit Hold’em 06/23/2005 2 $11,105.00
  • 2004 Legends of Poker (WPT) No-Limited Hold’em 08/02/2004 14 $1,430.00
  • 2004 America’s Poker Classic No-Limit Hold’em Championship 01/28/2004 24 $325.00
  • Grand Slam of Poker 2003 No Limit Hold’em 07/24/2003 1 $21,990.00