The Samurai returned to Black Belt Poker shores last night for its third installment, and with previous victors missing from the battlefield we were guaranteed a new heir to the throne.
The final table was an exciting affair, and after the much-feared Kierkergaard felt the full splash of the bubble, the six remaining players had secured themselves a payday.
IMightPassTryme took sixth, while fifth went to Nick "NPenfold666" Mazur who turned an investment of zero into $1,127.50 after qualifying through an Orange Belt Freeroll.
Following a similar path was fourth place Anthony "BoraBoraBoy" Giuntini; he'd won his seat via the Grab a Grand Freeroll, and now had a welcome $1,127.50 to his name.
With Nick "sprinterz" Spiers settling for bronze, we were left with two surviving gladiators: Andrew LegendKing1 Dwyer and Black Belt sponsored pro Ben "Asbokid666" Meredith. Following a brief encounter, it was the latter who fell from his horse.
Hailing from Ireland, Orange Belt Andrew found $3,792.50 inside his treasure chest, and - as his moniker suggests - took his rightful place as the King of the Samurai.
"I'm Glad I made the last-minute decision to jump in," he later beamed. "I just didn't want to miss it. And unlucky to Ben Meredith in the heads-up; he was the one guy I really feared with 10 players left."
Samurai is a $250+25 $10,000 guaranteed event exclusive to Black Belt Poker. If you would like to play the next one, then keep your eyes peeled on the site as we'll be confirming a date in the coming days.
In the meantime, don't forget that the iPOPS arrives on November 25, armed with a cool $1,000,000 prize pool and $550,000 guaranteed Main Event.
Lead image: Anne Laymond