EPT Barcelona: Up to the level nines

Julian Thew played his part in a ferocious first half hour, busting out when he ran headlong into aces. With the small blind player Frank Stumpf making a minimum raise Julian, in the big blind, looked down to find A-K and pushed all-in. Frank called immediately turning over a card at a time...

"When I saw the first ace I thought 'this is good'" said Julian. But then came the second ace.

The board rushed past without any help to last year's Baden champion, banished to the rail but leaving Barcelona with two EPT Awards.

It was then a case of being 'up to the nines' for two hands playing out alongside each other.

On one table sat Frenchman Michel Abecassis who was staring at a board of T-J-5-J-6 and facing a raise of 12,000. On the other table, Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown was tangling in a pot with Jonathan Dwek, a tentative street-by-street, cut-off versus button tango that concluded with a board reading Th-7d-3d-Qc-Tc. Brown bet 5,000 on the end and Dwek called.

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Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown

It was a good one. Brown tapped the table as a salute before Dwek had finished placing his chips in the pot. Dwek turned over pocket nines for the winner just as Abecassis on the adjoining table called and showed the same.

Stephen Bartley
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