Friday, 27 December 2013

Jeff Kimber Becomes Seventh Samurai

Black Belt Poker’s biggest online event returned last night as 41 poker warriors took to the battlefield in a bid to become the Seventh Samurai.

That honour went to Jeff TheB1gDog Kimber who turned his $250+25 buy-in into a treasure trove worth $3,587.50. In second place was former East End Live Champion Nik NikStilly Sylianou.

The tournament was rife with talent as well as plenty of online qualifiers. Community members like nickhem1 and TeeDeeEye1 were on a freeroll, while tristiano and cikarang secured their seat courtesy of the Mega Satellite.

The early chip leader was Ka7ieVick; he/she jumped up to 45,000 (from a starting stack of 5,000) after eliminating online pro Jamie Sykes, turning a flush with 5c-4c versus A-Q on an A-x-Q-x-x board.

Defending Champion Ken Johnston then took control, taking the chip lead onto a tough final table that featured Jack Ellwood - an online pro from Newcastle-upon-Tyne who boasts over $2.5 million in winnings to his name.

Also present was Black Belt Poker co-founder Neil Channing, the 2008 Irish Open Champion vying for an unprecedented double having captured the inaugural Newcastle Live trophy just ten days prior.

After a fast-paced final it was Jeff Kimber who scooped the top prize, with Nik Stylianou and Jack Ellwood joining him on the podium for silver and bronze.

“It was an excellent tournament,” complimented Jeff in victory. “Some really good play and I didn’t see any moaning about beats, despite the ones I was handing out. It was played in a great spirit.”

Jeff is a former sports journalist from (again!) Newcastle-upon-Tyne who’s been a circuit regular since 2006. In that time he has made an incredible eight GUKPT finals and amassed live career earnings in excess of $1.5 million.

And now he's Lord of the Samurai!


1st  TheB1gDog — $3,587.50
2nd  NikStilly — $2,306.25
3rd  Bowlyflush — $1,537.50
4th  NPStars1 — $1,025.00
5th  Ka7ieVick — $768.75
6th  NeilChanning — $563.75
7th  redarmi1 — $461.25

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