He overcame the sitting champion Brian McKeon by just 9 points before going on to win 7 more games, including a score of 112 against Richard Francis, winning by 50 points. He went into the finals as #4 seed and faced #5 seed Adam Laws. In a very close game, they went into the conundrum NIPPERAID with 78 points each, but it was Laws that solved DRAINPIPE in 11 seconds to go onto the semi-final against #1 seed Chris Cummins.
Since appearing on Countdown, Bentley has appeared at Countdown in Lincoln in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and is a moderator on the C4countdown forum. He's well known for posting the first ever recap on both the original C4countdown mailing list and the forum, and for compiling a comprehensive dictionary for online gaming known as "JimDic".
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|3542||28/08/2003||P||Brian McKeon||70 – 79||Jim Bentley||Pam Ayres||Susie Dent||116|
|3543||29/08/2003||P||Jim Bentley||101 – 51||Alison Ross||Pam Ayres||Susie Dent||125|
|3544||1/09/2003||P||Jim Bentley||90 – 89||Stuart Lightfoot||Pam Ayres||Susie Dent||120|
|3545||15/09/2003||P||Jim Bentley||112 – 62||Richard Francis||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||125|
|3546||16/09/2003||P||Jim Bentley||82 – 66||Diana Smith||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||131|
|3547||17/09/2003||P||Jim Bentley||83 – 79||David Moore||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||120|
|3548||18/09/2003||P||Jim Bentley||96 – 51||Ruth Edmonds||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||122|
|3549||19/09/2003||P||Jim Bentley||113 – 51||Irvine Henderson||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||119|
|3611||16/12/2003||QF||Jim Bentley||78 – 88||Adam Laws||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||118|