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Julian Thew Celebrates Birthday with GUKPT Coventry Victory

Posted by Andy on October 17, 2011 at 2:57 BST

Julian ThewJulian Thew had the best possible birthday present on Sunday, with victory in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Main Event at the G Casino in Coventry. Incredibly, this was the third time that the (now) 44 year old had won a GUKPT title, following victories in Plymouth (September 2007) and Brighton (January 2008), and it takes the Nottingham based player above $2.5 million in career tournament winnings. Another good day in history for UK poker.

Thew Bids His Time against Trigger Happy Chip Leader

Inasmuch as winning the tournament was a remarkable achievement for Thew, the main story of the weekend revolved around how Richard “Action Man” Trigg dominated the field from the very first level on Friday right through to the final table. Taking a huge chunk from the stack of Sky Poker presenter, Tony Kendall, the trigger happy chip leader amassed over 150,000 chips during Day 1 – only one other player breached the 100,000 mark – and, by the close of Day 2, Trigg had more than double the stack of any of the final ten players.

Thew Gains Revenge for Team Sky Poker

Taking more than three times the average stack to the final table, many observers wondered “when” and not “if” Richard Trigg would claim his first GUKPT title, after a Summer Series victory and handful of final table appearances. However, Julian Thew had different ideas, and gained his revenge for the crippling of Sky Poker teammate Kendall by stripping him of the chip lead in a KK v JJ race for 500,000 chips.

Thew and Trigg Cut Through Final Table

As final tablists fell in rapid succession to Thew (Steve Brown 10th, Adriano Luzzi 7th, Stuart Rutter 5th) and Trigg (Sam Grafton 9th), only Lee Taylor and Carl Spicer stood in the way of a tasty heads-up between the two main protagonists. Lee Taylor had also done serious damage to Trigg´s chip stack when hitting trip Kings when the table was six-handed, but half a million chips were blown in two hands as first Carl Spicer doubled up with AK v A10 and then Taylor moved all-in with pocket Sixes against Julian Thew´s AK – a flopped Ace extending Thew´s chip lead and sending Taylor to the rail in fourth.


The conclusion of the GUKPT Coventry Main Event happened in a flash. The hand after Taylor´s departure, Carl Spicer pushed his remaining stack with QT and was called by Richard Trigg with AK. First card out on the flop was an Ace and Spicer was out in third. The heads-up lasted just as long as the three-handed play. In the very first hand, Richard Trigg was dealt AK and shoved his stack into the centre of the table against Julian Thew´s pocket Tens. With nothing higher than a Jack on the board, the chips all went Thew-wards, as did the winner´s plaque and cheque for £42,740.

Final Payouts for GUKPT Coventry Main Event

145 players paid £1,000 to enter the GUKPT Coventry Main Event or qualified through online satellites and the top 15 players reaped the rewards for their efforts in the form of a cheque from the cashier and valuable points in the GUKPT Leaderboard competition. With just two legs of the season to go next month in the GUKPT Blackpool and the GUPKT London, Steve Vigor has a commanding lead over David Johnson with Praz Bansi quite a long way back in third; but it is quite conceivable that any of the players cashing in the GUKPT Coventry could still have an impact on the final outcome.





Julian Thew



Richard Trigg



Carl Spicer



Lee Taylor



Stuart Rutter



Nicholas Fellone



Adriano Liuzzi



Brian Sheppard



Sam Grafton



Steve Brown



Jonathan McCann



Jonathan Kalmar



Adam Wilkinson



Adrian Eley



David Jones