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Quarter Finals, Semi Finals & Final


Tuesday, 29th of May 2007 06:19 PM




  • EUR 125,000: Jeff Kimber (England)
  • EUR 60,000: Daniel Carter (England)
  • EUR 25,000: Carlos Ilado Fabregas (Spain), Mikko Lehtonen (Finland)
  • EUR 11,250: Dave Ulliott (England), Gilles Sanchez (France), Oscar Blanco Carrasco (Spain), Dan Simcelescu (Rumania)
  • EUR 5,000: Haykel Vidal (Spain), Jose Salazar Navas (Spain), Michael Keiner (Germany), Harold Olsen (Norway), Laurens Houtman (Netherlands), Don Fagan (Ireland), David Lacoste (France), Peter Karall (Austria)

Tuesday, 29th of May 2007 03:46 PM



Jeff Kimber (England) - Daniel Carter (England)

Friendly handshakes just before the match

  • The all-English final is just about to start. It's Jeff Kimber, a very good and solid player with four or five final tables in major tournaments in the past 18 months, playing against Daniel Carter, only 19 years old, and according to for instance Mickey Wernick, someone who plays "perfect poker" and has the ability to become one of the absolute top players in the world. Quite a compliment, I would say - and we'll see if today the young man can live up to these flattering words of the experienced Legend.

Make up & television go hand in hand - whether the players like it or not

  • Now that the players have returned from the make up, the match has actually started. As can be expected from English players, the atmosphere is very good, and also the level of play is high. Again as can be expected, the pots are fairly small in the beginning, also because the blinds are still relatively low. (100-200, both players have started with stacks of 20,000.) Nonetheless, after 15 minutes or so, Jeff has taken a slight 22.5-17.5K chiplead.

 The trophy

  • Well within the hour, Jeff wins two decent-sized pots to take a commanding 33K-7K chiplead. The first pot that he wins is when on the river 9QKTK he calls a river bet from Daniel with a Q7, and snaps off what I presume to be was a bluff. An even more important pot follows a little later. On the turn K Q 2 T, it looks like Jeff check-raises to 1700, or just bets out 1700. (I couldn't see exactly.) From the button, Daniel then raises to 4700, and after some deliberation, Jeff calls - despite his bad position. Then the river comes 9, an absolute scare card - as it completes all the straights and flushes that any of the players could have had. Now Jeff bets out 4800. Daniel takes a very long time now to make his decision, and obviously he isn't too fond of the river card. But in the end, he does decide to make the call - only to lose to Jeff's 7 2 for a seven-high flush.

Young Daniel Carter in trouble: At the first break, he is down to just 5,400

  • His chips low and the blinds rising, Daniel knows that it is time to make a move soon, knowing that he cannot afford to wait for very long or he will be blinded out. Of course, Jeff knows that too, and lowers his calling / play back standards accordingly. Just a few hands into the second hour, the match is over. All-in with a J T versus Jeff Kimbers's K 8, Daniel knows he needs help. But the final board Q44KJ is safe enough for Jeff to have his hand hold up - and as a result, he is the 2007 World Heads Up Champion. Congratualtions to this likeable man, and also to the young runner-up Daniel Carter, who undoubtedly has a very bright future ahead of him.

The World Heads Up Champion 2007 is Jeff Kimber. He takes the 125,000 Euro first prize, the trophy and perhaps most importantly: the honor of this prestigious title

  • Anyway, that's about it from me. It's been a few lovely days here in Barcelona, and I hope that you have enjoyed this coverage as much as I enjoyed taking care of it. On behalf of everybody here at the Gran Casino Barcelona, I leave you all with the lovely smile of Marina Kremser, who has been responsible for the dealers, the TV and basically everything in between - and oh yes, who is also the wife of the number one tournament director in Europe, Thomas Kremser. It's goodbye from everyone here in Barcelona - we will see you again soon!

Marina Kremser

Monday, 28th of May 2007 10:19 PM



Jeff Kimber (England)* - Mikko Lehtonen (Finland) 1h09


  • Because the first semi-final between Daniel Carter and Carlos Ilado Fabregas has indeed been completed at a reasonable time, the second semi-final has started just as scheduled. We know for a fact now that after the elimination of Fabregas, we cannot have another Spanish Campion to take over from Isaac Mayolas. But if Jeff Kimber manages to win today, we will have an all-English final - and that would be quite special.
  • For those that have expected forework, I've got some disappointing news, I guess. This semi-final has started out extremely cautious, and in the first 15 minutes many pots have been picked up with one flat 200 bet, and so far there is hardly any preflop raising. At the first break, Kimber has a small chiplead.

Jeff Kimber

  • And then, out of the blue, the match is all over. We have just come back from the break when Jeff bets 2500 on the turn 3396, and gets raised to 6000. Jeff moves in with his 93 for a full house, and with three of a kind / decent kicker (J3) and not all that much money behind, Mikko has a mandatory call. No surprises on the river - meaning the long match that I expected has lasted just over one hour. And perhaps more importantly - it means that tomorrow at 3:30 p.m., we will indeed have this all-English final. Hope to see you all then!

The winning hand

Daniel Carter* (England) - Carlos Ilado Fabregas (Spain) 2h53


  • The first semi-final has just started. And Daniel Carter, a young guy that many top British players have spoken very highly of (Mickey Wernick and Dave Colclough for instance), has started out well. After about 15 minutes, he is leading 24K-16K. But at the first break, Carlos has been able to level things, and in fact has a slight chiplead.
  • In the second hour, the match gets livelier, and there are a few interesting hands. For instance, there is one hand where Fabregas limps on the small blind / button, and then folds his KQ face up against a standard raise. And not much later, the same Fabregas shows himself from a totally different side. Possibly trying to take advantage of the tight image that he has just created, he comes over the top of a rerfaise for all his money, makes Carter lay down, and then proudly tables a 97 offsuit. Talk about changing gears! But also Daniel knows how to be tricky. Facing a pot bet of 2600 on a flop A53 rainbow, he check-raises to 7100 to win the pot there and then - and it wouldn't surprise me if neither player had an ace. (Of course, I will know for a fact only when I see the broadcast.) After this pot, Daniel is clearly in charge - shown by the fact that at the end of the second break he leads by 3-to-1.

Daniel Carter

  • As it is already past midnight, the other two semi-finalists (especially Mikko Lehtonen) seem to get a little worried whether or not their match will still be played today. As things look now, this will indeed be the case, but of course if Daniel & Carlos will play on for a few more hours, the second semi-final may need to be rescheduled for tomorrow.
  • In the third hour, Fabregas shows that his folding the KQ face up to a raise early in the match was probably to pave the way for his bluffs later. Because having already made a move to reraise all-in with a 76 offsuit (successfully), he now tries to pull off that exact same stunt with a 7 4. He reraised all-in to 13,650, but Carter seems to know what the Spaniard is up to and makes a very good call with the A T. Alas for the Englishman: The flop comes with a seven, and it is now Fabregas who is in the lead with over 27K. 
  • All in all, bad luck for Carter. But not much later, it is up to him to return the favor. Reraising all-in with an A3 offsuit, it turns out that for once, Fabregas has a real hand: KK. Bang! The flop 542, giving Daniel the nut straight - and getting him back all the chips that he just lost. So, two huge pots in a row, the chipleader had all the money in with the best hand - yet both times, the underdogs managed to stay alive. Game of skill! 
  • Now having a clear chiplead, the Englishman is able to finish things off. With TT versus A7, the final board 9QKK8 is safe - and giving him a well-deserved victory. So, our first finalist of this World Heads Up 2007 is Daniel Carter, who has locked up 60,000 Euros already, and who can turn that into 125,000 Euros if he manages to win the final.

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