When we talk about 'form' in poker, we often refer to it as 'running good', which isn't always the best description because it infers a great deal of luck is involved. One player who is clearly in 'form' at the moment is Julian Thew. Nottingham's own 'Yoyo' is now sat at the final table of the EPT Baden Classic holding the joint chip lead and looking to finally nab the most prestigious title of his career.
Thew has already made 3 final tables (2 television tables) at the European Poker Tour and has five cashes in total at the EPT. He is also possibly the most prolific tournament player in this country, called the 'king of the side event' by a colleague of mine; Thew is a player that shows that regular money can be made on the tournament circuit.
But what makes Thew the favourite to lift the title later on today is his current run of great results. Not only has he made several final tables this year, he has won the £300 Monthly event in Walsall, chopped the £500 Double Freezeout in Sheffield and last month captured the GUKPT Plymouth Title. Thus far the GUKPT is probably the biggest title of his career, but the EPT would be the clear career definer.
Thew was sat with the chip lead for most of day yesterday, as he watched players like Peter Gould, Pascal Perrault and Alexander Kravchenko fall short of the final table. Thew is joined by a tough final table, which includes WSOP Bracelet winner Ted Lawson, Theirry Van Den Berg and joint chip leader Vladimir Poleshchuk.
282 players entered the €7,600 Baden Classic making a prize pool of over €2 million. First prize is €670,000 and of course the prestigious title. Now all Thew has to do is overcome 7 more players on his quest to deserved EPT championship. This win would also see Thew making a very late surge in the European Rankings.
The final table looks like this:
Vladimir Poleshchuk, 42, Moscow, Russia : 624,000
Julian Thew, 39, Nottingham, UK : 610,000
Denes Kalo, Budapest, Hungary : 468,000
Manfred Hammer, 55, Dinkelsbuehl, Germany : 369,000
Anton Allemann, Switzerland : 254,000
Thierry van den Berg, 35, Holland: 227,000
Thomas Fuller, 24, Boulder, Colorado, USA : 190,000
Ted Lawson, Florida, USA : 81,000
Our coverage from this point on will be play by play, so there will be no better place to cheer Thewy on than our EPT Live Updates, starting from 3pm.
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