Top 10 UK Stories of 2011: #7, Julian Thew Wins Third GUKPT Title

Julian Thew

In October news emanated from the G Casino in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry that a certain Julian Thew had taken down the £1,090 Main Event and helped himself to the £42,740 first place prize. At the time many were simply thinking about former UK PokerNews Editor Barry Carter's favourite Twitter hashtag of #manwinspokertournament but then most of those then realised that this win was actually quite an amazing feat because it was Thew's third outright win in GUKPT Main Events.

Thew's first GUKPT win was back in September of 2007 when he outlasted a field of 179 entrants at the Plymouth leg, a result that netted him £59,500. Just four months later and Thew was back on the GUKPT winning trail when he took down the Brighton stop for a cool £89,950. That particular event attracted 280 players in total and was an extremely tough field with the likes of Dave Colclough, Steve Jelinek, John Eames, Nik Persaud and Joe Grech making it through to the money places.

His latest GUKPT win occurred this October and saw him outfox 144 opponents, including a final table full of top, well-respected players including Sam Grafton, Stuart Rutter and Richard Trigg on his way to victory number three. That win took Thew's lie tournament winnings past the $2,700,000 barrier, enough to place him 13th in the UK all time money listings.

It is not only the GUKPTs that Thew seems to smash up too because the Nottingham-based pro chopped the £1,000 DTD Monte Carlo, has an EPT title to his name and has cashes and final table appearances all over the world. During 2012 you should expect plenty more headlines containing Thew's name because he has the full backing of his sponsors, Sky Poker, so he should be able to log plenty of volume both in the UK and around the world.

Julian Thew Career Highlights

PositionNamePrize
1stEPT Baden Main Event€670,800
1st$4,850 Deep Stack Extravaganza III$251,001
1stGUKPT Brighton£89,950
1stGUKPT Plymouth£59,500
1stDTD Monte Carlo£62,547
1stGUKPT Coventry£42,740

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