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Jimmy Kéebée: The soccer hero turned pro poker player

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So, you’ve had a successful career playing professional soccer and the time comes for you to hang up your boots and try a new venture. Naturally, most retired sports stars usually go into a coaching or a media role for their respective trade but not if you’re Jimmy Kébé. The ex-soccer hero has taken a more unusual path since quitting the game in 2016; he is now a pro poker player.

The seemingly unfamiliar choice of career has certainly raised a few eyebrows in England, where he was a huge hit for Championship side Reading FC, but Kébé is no different from the rest of us and can’t resist a game or two. After all, that is how he goes about making his living after retirement and who knows, you might even square up against Kébé in a game of Texas Hold’em right here –https://poker.paddypower.com/poker-school/texas-holdem/.

‘Lucky I had poker’

“Poker is different from football,” Kébé told Planet Football. “When you are in sport and you play your best, usually you win, but in poker there’s still luck so you can play your best and still lose.”

Kébé will be fondly remembered by the Royals faithful after serving them well for seven seasons, but not so much by the Crystal Palace and Leeds United supporters, who barely saw Kébé in action owing to his injury problems when he represented them.

It was those niggling injury concerns that eventually forced Kébé into an earlier retirement than planned, but he already had an ace up his sleeve in terms of a new career path.

“I knew the end of my career was coming,” he says.

“I didn’t really play much in England after Reading. There was a bit at Leeds and at Crystal Palace, but I got injuries, and when you get injuries later in your career is difficult.

“I’m lucky I found… well, I didn’t find poker because I was already playing, but I am lucky I had poker. [When you retire] you lose the routine and need something else, and a lot of footballers have found it difficult after they retire if they don’t have something.”

Career to date

Kébé is still a relative newbie to the professional poker circuit, and his GPI (Global Poker Index) ranking of 565 suggests that but he has his best years ahead of him to hone his skills.Kébé has been playing professionally since 2014, when he was still technically a soccer player, and he hasn’t done too badly in terms of overall earnings.

At the time of writing, Kébé has accumulated just over $290k in career winnings and earlier this year, celebrated his highest tournament finish (2nd, WSOP International Circuit, Marrakech)which also meant his biggest pay out ($99,960).

Kébé has played in a whole host of different tournaments during his tenure as a pro, these include: The Italian Poker Open, WTP Barcelona, European Poker Tour, WTP DeepStacks and the World Series of Poker to name but a few.

It’s fair to say that Kébé is making quite the impression on the poker circuit, as 2018 and 2019 have proven his most fruitful years in terms of earnings. The former Mali international will certainly be looking to continue his strong form and really carve a successful career in the game he loves most, poker.

 

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Who Is Nigeria’s Best Soccer Player of the Decade?

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2020 marks the end of what many soccer fans would call the golden age of Nigerian football. Austin Okocha, KanuNwankwo, Daniel Amokachi, Finidi George, and Taribo West were some of the players that highlighted this golden generation while excelling their talents. As such, the legacy of that decade will be long remembered in club careers and national team moments.

While the 2010s led to the emergence of a new football era, the likes of Obafemi Martins, Mikel Obi, and OsazeOdemwingie were already established before the beginning of the decade. However, other players emerged as the decade wore on, leaving indelible marks on the game. We’ve deiced to close the decade with a shortlist of a few best players in different positions on the field over the last decade.

Among these players we can find those who made the secade for the ones who bet on soccer online at one point or the other, we’ve selected them based on impact on their clubs and national teams, titles won and consistency.

Goalkeeper- Vincent Enyeama

Considered as one of the greatest goalkeepers in Africa, Enyeama is undoubtedly the Nigerian goalkeeper of the decade. Enyeamastarted the decade with a league win while with the Israeli side, Hapoel Tel Aviv, before moving to Lille.

After moving to France, Vincent didn’t have a great start, but he soon sprung back to the first-choice goalkeeper after moving back to Israel on load during the 2012/2013 season. The following season, he recorded 11 straight clean sheets for his League 11 games, almost breaking the league record.

Right Back – Efe Ambrose

For the better part of the decade, Ambrose has been the most consistent player in Nigerian football. While he also played the central defender position, he was the ultimate Super Eagles right-back for several years. The defender moved to Scotland in 2012, winning five league titles consecutively.

While playing for Celtic, he took four consecutive league titles, playing over 20 games in every season. The defender was also key to the Super Eagles win of their only trophy of the decade, playing six out of their seven AFCON 2013 games.

Defensive Midfield – Wilfred Ndidi

Since moving to Leicester in January last year, Wilfred Ndidi has increased his strength significantly to become one of the best Premier League midfielders. While with the foxes, Ndidi had an impressive consistency, and he improved significantly to become a world-class Nigerian Player. Ndidi has also been a reliable player for the Super Eagles during the last three years, with the 2019 AFCON under his belt.

Best Overall – John Mikel Obi

While playing at the highest level in European Soccer, Mikel Obi is arguably the most consistent Nigerian player of the decade. Mikel had won every trophy in his club career, succeeding effortlessly at Chelsea in a time when Nigerian football wasn’t enough for the international audience. Even better, Obi played an important role in helping the Blues win the FA Cup, Europa League, Premier League and Champions League.

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Top Soccer Betting Sites in Nigeria

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Sports betting is one of Nigeria’s most popular pastimes, and considering that Nigeria remains Africa’s most populous nation, job opportunities are increasingly rare to find. Given that Nigeria is a soccer powerhouse, and there are a lot of events throughout the year, more and more people are getting drawn into betting both for fun and also as a career. As you would expect, there is an increase in the number of online bookmakers, local and foreign. If Nigeria soccer betting interests you, we look at the top betting sites in Nigeria in 2019.

#1. NairaBet

NairaBet was founded in 2009, marking a decade of growth this 2019. Operating fully under the Lagos State Lotteries Board regulations, the bookmaker has grown to be one of Nigeria’s most trusted names known for amazing betting features and a reliable 24-hour customer service. Trust NairaBet for periodic bonuses and extensive markets on all events taking place around the world. It is now rubbing shoulders with other foreign-based bookmakers to capture the larger share of the African market.

#2. Bet9ja

If you’re looking for an African bookmaker with a European feel, Bet9ja is your sure bet. It offers a friendly user platform designed to allow even newbies easy access and navigation through the platform. It offers users incredible game and player statistics for top soccer matches, and, in addition to that, customers can get free bets through the loyalty scheme exclusive for Bet9ja customers.

#3. Betway Nigeria

Betway’s entry into the African market was timely, especially in Nigeria where it has since established itself among the people’s favorites. Besides offering a handsome welcome bonus for new customers, it boasts an unbeatable range of markets for all sports events taking place around the globe. Betway customers enjoy a full range of livestreaming options right from wherever they are, on mobile, or on their laptops. Worth mentioning also, Betway were among the pioneers of in-play betting.

#4. MelBet

MelBet entered the market only in 2012, and has seen a significant rise largely due to an extensive marketing and promotions for prospects. It is widely known in Nigeria for in-play opportunities, and even though it does not have the most pleasing interface, it certainly ranks amongst the top sites thanks to its vast coverage of markets.

#5. BetFair

BetFair is a popular name among soccer betting fans not only in Nigeria but also around the world. Based in Gibraltar, the bookmaker entered the Nigerian market with pomp, luring customers with incredible joining bonuses. Over the short time they have been in the African scene, they have seen an amazing response from customers, particularly owing to their competitive odds and vast market range on all sports disciplines.

#6. 888Sport

If you’re looking for easy betting, 888sport has an easy-to-access app that has been designed to make your betting as easy and straightforward as possible. Now operating in Nigeria and other parts of Africa, it is a foreign-based company growing quickly into the market. It is mainly loved by punters for its quality odds on a host of markets on all events happening everywhere in the world.

 

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How to Prevent Mosquito Bites – Food to Eat

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There is no bad situation whereby you are enjoying online casino games on your mobile device you start tussling with mosquitoes. No one ever enjoys an encounter with mosquitoes and some people think that getting rid of mosquito is just all about applying a repellent on your skin. Actually there is a lot that you can do to make sure that you don’t fall victim of the itching mosquito bites that can hinder your progress of playing Casino enligne France games for real money.

There are quite a number of ways of halting the itching and watching what you eat is can be a contributing factor towards to a happy lifestyle. Let’s show you some of the foods that can act as a mosquito repellent and prevent your skin from less-itchy life.

Lemongrass

Have you ever heard of citronella? Well, it is a mosquito repellent and lemongrass is the main food source of citronella. Quite a number of researches suggest that infusing lemongrass in your tea or coffee will surely help you to repel the nasty mosquitoes. You can even add the lemongrass to your curry food and you will not have problems with mosquito night bites whilst playing high stake online casino games.

Tomatoes

Are you one of those people who believe that a tomato a day keep one away from the doctor? There are quite a number of people that categorise tomatoes as fruits. Those people are not at fault at all. Tomatoes are actually an excellent source of thiamine which really help keep mosquito away from your skin.

We want you well and kicking so that you can be able to play best casinos in usagames for real money. And at the same time we can’t have a small creature like mosquito be an enemy of progress. Therefore, have a lot of the said foods as part of your nutrition and you will be good to go.

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