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Friday, October 12, 2007 | Francis Lee


The European Poker Tour (EPT) 2007 visited city of Baden on the 7th October being played at the Congress casino.  A total of 282 entrants started out the four day, €8,000 buy in No Limit hold’em event.  This generated a total prize pool of €2,143,200 and first place was set at €670,000. 

Once we got to the end of day three Vladimir Poleshchuk and Julian Thew were leading in the chip rankings with around €600,000 in chips.  Ted lawson was on the short stack with only €81,000.  The final table chip rankings was as follows.

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st  Vladimir Poleschuk €624,000
  • 2nd Julian Thew €610,000
  • 3rd Denes Tamas Kalo €468,000
  • 4th Manfred Hammer €369,000
  • 5th Anton Allemann €254,000
  • 6th Thierry Van Den Berg €227,000
  • 7th Thomas Fuller €190,000
  • 8th Ted Lawson €81,000

This final table started off  very quickly as on the very first hand we lost our first player.  Anton Allemann made the first raise to €40,000 and Vladimir Poleshcuk called.  The flop came down :ks :9c :8c Allemann checked and Poleshcuk moved All In, Allemann went into the tank for a while before calling.  Allemann had :as :kh but found himself behind up against :kc :9h The Turn card came down with the :9s leaving Allemann needing a King to split the pot which was his only chance of survival.  The :4h came down on the River confirming his exit from the tournament, going out in 8th place taking home €60,000 in prize money.

On the very next hand of play Poleshchuk struck again eliminating Ted Lawson out of the tournament in 7th place.  Lawson moved All In pre flop with :kc :qc and was called by Poleshchuk with :ah :9h The perfect flop came down for Poleshchuk showing :10h :7h :3h giving him a nut flush leaving Lawson drawing dead with two cards to come.

Not long after Poleshchuk eliminated his third victim in a row when he called an All In pre flop move by Manfred Hammer.  Hammer had :jh :9s against Poleshchuk’s :ad :10h The flop paired Poleshchuk’s Ace and Hammer never recovered going out in 6th place winning €83,600.

Thierry Van Den Berg was the next player to go pushing All In on the short stack with :jh :9s he was called by Thomas fuller with :ad :10h Both players missed the board and Fuller’s Ace high was good enough to win the pot leaving Van Den Berg to head for the rail in 5th place.

Poleshchuk was the chip leader at this point on just under 1 million in chips but the other three players were close by and any double up would put any of them into the chip lead.  This was when Julian Thew started to take control of the table.  This came about when Thew won the biggest pot of the night crippling Thomas Fuller in the process.  Thew, Fuller and Poleshchuk were all involved in the pot when the Flop came down :kc :qs :6c Fuller bet 100,000 which was followed by a raise from Thew to 330,000.  Poleshchuk folded and Fuller moved All In, to which Thew called.  Thew had :qc :8c looking for a club flush and Fuller had pocket Sixes having hit a set on the Flop.  The Turn :ac gave Thew his flush leaving Fuller needing the board to pair up to win the hand.  The :5c on the river gave Thew the 1.7 million pot leaving Fuller crippled.

Fuller eventually headed for the rail after getting all his chips in with :as :6h but was beaten by Denes Kalo with pocket Sevens.  Kalo hit trip Sevens on the Turn leaving Fuller drawing dead on the River, and he left to collect his €160,820 prize for coming in 4th place.

Poleshchuk found himself on the short stack with just three players left and inevitably was knocked out of the event by Kalo.  Poleshchuk moved All In with :ah :qs and was up against Kalo with :kc :js Kalo hit a straight on the River to take the pot with the final board showing :9d :10h :7s :9s :8d Poleshchuk won €225,000 for his 3rd place finish.

Julian Thew on his third EPT final table was looking for his first EPT title win, to go with the GUKPT win two weeks ago in Plymouth, and he looked favorite to do so with his larger chip stack than Kalo’s.  The heads up showdown started off slowly but didn’t take to long to get going.  In the end Thew’s large chip stack told and he finally came through winning the event grinding Kalo down.  The final hand came when both players raised pre flop until Kalo was All In.  Kalo had :as :5h and Thew had :ad :8d Neither player hit the board showing :2s :6s :10h :kc :9c giving Thew the pot and title win he was looking for, he also took home the €670,800 1st place prize.  On top of all this he also won a seat at the EPT grand final in Monte Carlo.  .

Final Standings:

  • 1st Julian Thew €670,800
  • 2nd Denes Tamas Kalo €375,000
  • 3rd Valimir Poleschuk €225,000
  • 4th Thomas Fuller €160,8200
  • 5th Thierry Van Den Berg €132,900
  • 6th Manfred Hammer €105,000
  • 7th Ted Lawson €83,600
  • 8th Anton Allemann €60,000



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