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Julian Thew wins EPT Baden
Julian Thew is the new European Poker Tour (EPT) Baden champion. The Englishman defeated Hungarian Denes Tamas Kalo heads-up to claim the title and €595,000 in prize money.
The announced first prize was €670,800, but in an interview with PokerListings.com, Thew revealed that a deal was made.
"Well you know, I don't play a lot online and I'm by no means a heads-up specialist. We had done a bit of a deal where I'd take €550,000 and he'd take €450,000, so we were only playing for about €50K which took some of the pressure off," Thew said.
That may have been the deciding factor that helped the Nottingham-based poker pro win the tournament and fulfill a promise he made to his family when he turned pro three years ago.
Thew gave up his day job as a professional draftsman to concentrate on his poker career. At the time, he told his wife and two sons that he would pay off the mortgage entirely before his 40th birthday.
At 39 with two weeks to spare, Thew is now able to make good on that promise and pay off the final £10,000 with his EPT winnings.
To get there, the William Hill Poker-sponsored player had to outlast and outplay a field of 282 players to face Kalo heads-up.
The heads-up battle between the two didn't last very long. Thew took command of the game with aggressive play, and never gave Kalo a chance.
In the final hand of the 2007 EPT Baden, the two were all-in pre-flop with Thew holding A-8 and Kalo sitting with A-5. No help came for Kalo, and Thew's eight-kicker was enough to win the hand and the tournament.
In the Live Tournaments Section here at PokerListings.com you'll find hand reports, the final results, photos and exclusive interviews and blogs from EPT4 Baden.