Melanie Weisner Leads As EPT Copenhagen Main Event Nears Bubble
Melanie Weisner (Photo: Neil Stoddart)
The Texas-born heads-up specialist flew under the radar for most of Day 2, hovering around an average stack over on Table 23 where she was seated for the entire five 75-minute levels.
Melanie Weisner is attempting to show her male counterparts that sex does not matter in poker by taking down the European Poker Tour Main Event and she is in a fantastic position to do that as she is chip leader going into Day 3; where only 72 players remain.
In the tour's long and illustrious history there have only been three female winners of EPT Main Events, Vicky Coren in 2006 at EPT London, Sandra Naujoks in 2009 at EPT Dortmund and Liv Boeree in 2010 at EPT San Remo and now Weisner is attempting to add her name to that exclusive list and lift the trophy in Denmark.
The Texas-born heads-up specialist flew under the radar for most of Day 2, hovering around an average stack over on Table 23 where she was seated for the entire five 75-minute levels. But as often the case in tournament poker one hand changed that and catapulted her to the top of the chip counts.
In that particular hand the blinds were 800/1,600/200 and Weisner opened to 3,500 with KdQh and was called in two spots, Johan Roosen on the button and Lars Damgaard Hansen in the big blind, so it was three-handed to the Jc-9h-5d flop. Hansen checked to Weisner and she fired a continuation bet of 6,400 into the middle of the felt. This folded out Roosen but Hansen stuck along and made the call. The turn was the 10h giving Weisner the nut straight and when Hansen checked to her again she bet 12,500 and must have been delighted when Hansen called this increased bet. The river brought the 4c into play and now Hansen lead for 18,900. Weisner raised to 58,700 and Hansen called but mucked when he saw the straight of his opponent. As Weisner was stacking her monster pile of chips Hansen claimed to have two-pair.
Weisner's 368,200 stack has 47,400 more chips in it that her nearest rival Simon Ravnsbaek on 320,800. Ravnbaek is an extremely talented and aggressive poker player who has a string of solid results to his name in the live arena. He recently finished fourth in the WPT Venice Grand Prix for €52,565 when everyone around that tournament thought it was his for the taking. Can he make amends for that on home soil?
Other notables who will return to their seats today at 1200CET include Kevin Iacofano (305,200), last year's champion Michael Tureniec (214,500), Juha Helppi (160,300), Steve O'Dwyer (122,000), Mad Wissing (119,300) and Johnny Lodden (41,100). The plan for Day 3 is to play down to 24 players which means the money bubble, which bursts as the 49th place finisher heads to the rail, is guaranteed to burst. When it does go pop each player will have locked up a minimum of DKK55,000 (€7,395) but will be one step closer to the DKK2,515,000 (€338,211) first place prize.
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