Ok, the Caribbean may not actually be part of Europe, but that won't stop us getting excited about Nottingham's Julian Thew looking in good shape to take down another EPT title at the PCA. Yoyo by name, yoyo by nature, Julian had barely got off the starting blocks by the end of his day 1, but right now he sits alongside Eric 'Rizen' Lynch and Bernard 'Elky' Grospellier in the chip leader positions, looking to take down $2 million while getting a good tan.
More than 1100 players entered this year's Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure, which has now become part of the European Poker Tour. This will be the first million dollar tournament of 2008 and it looks set to go on for a long time yet. We still have 153 players in the mix and everything to play for. This is one of the most prolific tournaments of the year for online qualifiers and we still have over 70 satellite winners in the competition.
Julian Thew went on a fantastic run at the end of 2007 which saw him with a GUKPT and an EPT title back to back. 2008 looks like business as usual as he is demonstrating his ability to accumulate chips, sitting on a monster stack of 372,000. Thew came close to winning player of the year at the European Poker Awards and also in the Mansion Player of the Year race – it looks like he will be a contender again this year.
Most of the remaining field have made the trip over from America but we still have a few Brits remaining to fly the flag. Asa Smith, Andrew Teng and Craig Hopkins are all sat with average stacks but there is still plenty of play left in this one. They'll have their work cut out, as players like Barry Greenstein, Hevad Khan and David Pham are all sat with healthy looking stacks.
Ed note: You might not get a tan when you play at Pokerstars but you'll enjoy yourself just the same