Jeff Kimber has an extra £11,000 in his back pocket this morning after he won the inaugural PKR Mixed Max event at Aspers Westfield Stratford over the weekend.
Kimber was one of 178 player who turned out for the PKR Live Mixed Max event, a special tournament that saw play on Day 1 start 9-handed, then progress to 6-handed before settling the tournament with a series of heads-up battles. It is a format that has grown in popularity at the World Series of Poker and looks set for more time in the limelight in the UK if this weekend’s antics are anything to go by.
Day 1 ended with 73 players still in the hunt, Jake “SirDurs8” Dursley leading the way with 181,200 chips, followed by Jason “MrBigSuit2 Lazou (123,900), Antony “VanHellsing” Kirby (107,400), John “chiptease301” Adderlev (100,200) and Kimber (84,700).
The second day’s play saw the money bubble burst – commiserations to “maikie80” who bust one before the money – and the field whittled down to a more manageable 16, the figure needed for the heads-up encounters to begin.
The pick of the Day 3 ties pitted Kimber against Eleanor “Elz442” Gudger on Table 4. Before the Mixed Max event began, Gudger was unveiled as the latest member of Team PKR Pro following her impressive online and live results and her seven-year contribution to the PKR community.
Gudger best live result came in 2013 when she finished sixth in the Ladies event at the World Series of Poker, banking Gudger $27,045. Poker runs in the Gudger family blood because you may recall that her father, John Gudger, won the partypoker World Poker Tour National Milton Keynes Main Event in December 2013.
Sadly for Gudger, she couldn’t defeat Kimber who then beat Thomas “tebby1” Tebb before progressing to the final match where he had to take on Daniel “danshreddies” O’Callaghan for the title and the £11,248 first place prize.
O’Callaghan booked his seat in the final after an epic heads-up battle with Dan “rungoodchubby” Bushell that saw the former stage a superb comeback while trailing 5:1 in chips!
Bushell and Tebb opted to split third and fourth place money instead of locking horns for a third-place playoff. Both took £5,000 each, not bad at all for a $500 layout.
The final match of the PKR Live Mixed Max saw Kimber, who like the PokerMob is sponsored by Grosvenor Casinos, take 1.75 million chips into the fight against O’Callaghan and his slightly larger stack of 1.8 million.
It was a heads-up battle that was also a true test of endurance as it went on for a staggering six hours before O’Callaghan raised to 80,000 and Kimber called. Kimber checked the flop, O’Callaghan made a continuation bet and then called when Kimber check-raised enough to set his opponent all-in. O’Callaghan showed for a gutshot and flush draw and needed to hit as Kimber flipped over . Kimber’s bullets held, O’Callaghan crashed out in second place and Kimber added the PKR Mixed Max title to his already impressive list of poker accomplishments.
2014 PKR Live Mixed Max Final Four Results
*reflects a deal before the third-place playoff
Lead image courtesy of PKR