Worn college online poker memoir Kelvin “aces_up4108” Beattie, a extinct No. 1 ranked Australian participant and owner of the PokerNerve coaching inform, passed away at the smash of February after a long wrestle with cancer.
“He fought so laborious all around the final 10 months, never giving up and we’re devastated having lost him,” his household said in an announcement. Beattie had previously been diagnosed with cancer but several years ago went into remission. After regaining his effectively being, he dove support into poker in Asia and created PokerNerve. Unfortunately, his cancer returned all the contrivance thru the pandemic, and was as soon as given handiest a couple of months to are residing.
Within the early 2010s, Beattie was as soon as a feared online participant racking up bigger than $4.5 million in winnings, including a coveted PokerStars WCOOP title. He was as soon as additionally a 10x Triple Crown winner. Within the are residing realm, Beattie had $194,574 in lifetime earnings in step with The Hendon Mob. That included a profession-simplest $26,706 for ending eighth within the 2017 Macau Poker Cup Tournament #12: HK$50,000 NLH.
He frolicked residing in Japan but a couple of years ago returned to his native Australia to elevate his household.
“[He] was as soon as this kind of heavenly person. He had this kind of gigantic coronary heart, always a kind and piquant word and this kind of smooth and optimistic nature,” Amber Could well well shared on social media. “He was as soon as so comic and artful, we were always supporting each and each assorted and additionally playing pranks on each and each assorted and creating memories that I will and not using a smash in sight be delighted about.”
Worn WSOP November Nine Joseph Cheong wrote: “So sad to hear. Fully met [him] a couple of times but always felt like we were rapid visitors.”
Magnus Martin added: “Gargantuan memories of spending time with Kel in Vegas and Macau. He had this kind of piquant poker thoughts but, extra importantly, was as soon as factual immense firm.”
Among those to recount their sadness were several poker students who took his direction.
“I cashed in a are residing tourney tremendous October, inserting second for $62,120,” wrote Johnny Jay. “It was as soon as surely his coaching that got my thoughts on the right course to develop this. I never got to expose him or thank him.”
Daniel Exall echoed those sentiments: “He’s the first coach I reached out to support in 2012 for non-public instructing and I credit all my success in poker to him. He was as soon as so supportive, comic down to earth and a crush.”
Beattie is survived by his wife, Yuka, and their two children. His funeral shall be held at Lilydale Memorial Park Champ on Monday, March 7.
Executive Editor US, PokerNews Podcast co-host & 2013 WSOP Bracelet Winner.