Julian Thew Wins Genting Poker Series Birmingham

Julian Thew Wins Genting Poker Series BirminghamJulian Thew has won the Genting Poker Series (GPS) Birmingham, after overcoming a field of 590 players over four days on his way to lifting the title, and collecting the £40,120 ($63,101) first place prize. The Sky Poker sponsored pro is one of England’s most talented pros and following his victory at the Genting Club in Birmingham now boasts $2,889,238 in live career earnings. After taking down the £400 re-buy event, Thew commented:
“It is a great way to start the year and Genting have created a fantastic series here. I actually used the re-entry, which was a blessing and then I was always above average with my stack and it was only deep in to day 2 that I went below having 100 big blinds.”
The Genting Poker Series continues to gain in popularity, not least because of its affordable entry fees which attract both professional and recreational players alike. The GPS Birmingham was no exception, either, with entries up by 60% on last year to create a prize pool worth £236,000 ($371,180). Amongst the well-known players who managed to cash in at the tournament was Joe Beevers in 47th, Mark McCluskey in 42nd, Charles Chattha in 23rd and Ryan Spittles in 18th.
By the time the final table of nine had been reached, Julian Thew still had to overcome the likes of The Hendon Mob’s Ross Boatman and Genting Poker sponsored pro Daiva Barauskaite, but eventually Thew would have to overcome another pro in the guise of Barry Neville before claiming the title.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1. Julian Thew – £40,120
2. Barry Neville – £32,620
3. Ross Boatman – £30,620
4. Ceri Rees – £31,120
5. Alex Lindop – £14,750
6. Kourosh Radfar – £11,800
7. Alex Goulder – £9,440
8. Daiva Barauskaite – £7,080
9. Cherie Joy – £5,130

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