Baden European Poker Tournaments


Season Four – 7 – 10 October 2007


The fabulous Grand Casino Baden, Europe’s largest, is located in the centre of the town of Baden, very close to the famed operetta theatre. Baden is all about wellness, wine, culture and elegance and the Grand Casino reflects these ideals. The town is known all over the world for its swanky spa, and it contains the life-giving Roman Springs, one of the defining elements of this attractive Austrian town.

Getting there

The town is easily reached by the A1 highway. Take the Baden exit and simply follow the signs to the Grand Casino. There is, however, a shuttle bus which operates between Zurich and the casino and the fare is in the range of CHF20 per person per trip.

Contact Details

Grand Casino Baden Kaiser-Franz-Ring 1

Telephone – +43 2252 444 96

Fax – +43 2252 444 96 222

Email –


For the structure of EPT Baden please go to our ‘Structures of the European Poker Tour’ page.


It was the good old adage “Third time Lucky” for Britain’s Julian Thew. Since the birth of the European Poker Tour in 2004, the man from Nottingham has made it through to two final tables and has been ‘in the money’ no fewer than six times, but he has never claimed the title…until now.

He got the better of 282 hopefuls from over 30 nations when he finally pocketed a whopping €670 800 for his efforts. He had to fight for the filthy lucre though, as a heads-up against Denes Kalo of Hungary took more than an hour, but he finally pulled off the big one when his A8 stood up against Kalo’s A5!

He had to contend with some really tough competition when the big boys of the EPT, WPT and WSOP joined the fray, including Andre Akkari, Dario Minieri, Bertrand Grospellier, Barry ‘The Bear’ Greenstein and Vanessa Rousso.

Tournament sponsors, PokerStars made matters even trickier by sponsoring Sebastien Ruthenberg, who finished in 10th place, Marcel Baran, who impressed at EPT London by making it though to the Final Table, and American Chad Brown at EPT Baden.

“I pledged to pay off my mortgage before my 40th birthday and only had ten days to go when EPT Baden began. I still can’t believe I’ve won. EPT fields are so big now, with such good players – you think you can do it, but then you also think it’s just never going to happen,” said Thew.

Final Table

  1. Julian Thew (UK) – €670 800
  2. Denes Kalo (Hungary) – €375 000
  3. Vladimir Poleshchuk (Russia) – €225 000
  4. Thomas Fuller (USA) – €160 820
  5. Thierry van den Berg (Holland) – €132 900
  6. Manfred Hammer (Germany) – €105 000
  7. Ted Lawson (USA) – €83 600
  8. Anton Allemann (Switzerland) – €60 000