The Sky Poker Tour headed to Dublin this weekend and attracted 127 runners to the Sporting Emporium. This bumper crowd was a complete sell out and shows there is a strong market for low cost yet well run and structured tournaments in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Among the 127 starters was the Sky Poker sponsored pro Julian Thew, who spent a large part of Day 1 nursing a short-stack but managed to navigate his way through to Sunday's Day 2. Although Thew's poker nickname is "Yoyo" as his playing style often sees his chip counts fluctuate wildly, he played a patient game that allowed him to double up several times and work his way to the nine-handed final table.
Once at the final table, Thew's class shone through and he changed gears to bamboozle his opponents and he ran out a worthy winner. Thew's final two opponents were Sky Poker regulars Austin Cheetham and Peter "Millstone" Stoneman but they had no answer for Thew's relentless aggression.
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This latest victory is Thew's second on the popular Sky Poker Tour. You may recall that it was Thew who took down the Luton leg of the Sky Poker Tour in February 2012, a result that netted Thew £11,200.
The leg of the Sky Poker Tour kicks off on June 8 at the Broadway Casino in Birmingham and it is almost guaranteed to sell out. Satellites are running in the Sky Poker lobby where you can win your seat for just a few pounds. Thew will be competing and looking for his third Sky Poker Tour title and it would take a brave man to bet against him because he has a superb record in the Midlands; his win in the Genting Poker Series Main Event proves that.