Poker Stars may be mostly an American focused poker site when it comes to sponsored players, but it’s a poker pro from the U.K. that just became the latest addition to the esteemed Team PokerStars professional team of poker players sponsored by PokerStars to represent their site in many of the biggest online poker and live poker tournaments in the world.
Julian Thew of Nottingham is mainly familiar to players and fans of the European Poker Tour (EPT), also a PokerStars staple, where he cashed in 8 different tournaments, twice reaching an EPT final table. Additionally, Thew was the winner of the Baden bei Wien event in Austria, which came with a € 670,800 cash award. He also won the 2005 Grosvenor Grand Challenge Main Event in London, collecting £48,000 for his efforts.
Thew’s total career winnings amount to more than $2.4 million and he is ranked 13th highest on the EPT leader board, making him the highest ranked poker pro on the list from the U.K.
Thew’s first responsibility as a member of Team PokerStars was to represent the site at the recent UKIPT Manchester (or the Manchester stop on the United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour—one of PokerStars’ latest innovations).
Julian Thew is in good company, joining fellow Team PokerStars pros like Jude Ainsworth, Vicky Coren, John Duthie, J.P. Kelly.
All this under his belt and Thew’s nickname is still yoyo for all his frequent swings from big winnings to equally big losses. Still he is known as one of the game’s most fierce players from the UK. Before signing with PokerStars, Thew was originally with William Hill Poker.