After Day 1A of the European Poker Tour Dkr30,000 Main Event at Casino Copenhagen, Denmark, the UK's Xuyen "Bad Girl" Pham comfortably headed the chip leader board with 90,000 chips but there was half of the field still to make an appearance on Day 1B.
Having highlighted the likes of Chris Moneymaker, Gus Hansen, Rob Hollink, Jan Molby and Barny Boatman on Day 1A, they repaid the faith by suffering quick exits from the tournament with, in some cases, unlucky cards. Hansen's demise was at the hands of a rivered ace while WSOP 2003 Champion Moneymaker took damage below the waterline when his flopped set of kings was outdrawn by a one-outer quads manoeuvre. Ouch!
Players lining up amongst the second flight of entrants included WSOP 2005 World Champion, Joseph Hachem, having flown over from the Aussie Millions in double quick time, The singing Dutchman, Marcel Luske and his prodigy Noah Boeken from The Netherlands, Finn Juha Helppi, local hope Martin Wendt and UK hotshots, Roland de Wolfe (WPT Grand Prix de Paris 2005 winner), Dave "El Blondie" Colclough, "Smoking" Steve Vladar and Ram Vaswani of the Hendon Mob. Crazy Horse no doubt was hoping to improve on the Day 1A demise of fellow Mobster, Barny Boatman.
Vaswani soon got to work, virtually doubling up after going after a gutshot straight draw with cheap chips and catching it on the turn. The unfortunate opponent made 2-pair on the river and got his feet caught in the net. Another unfortunate opponent - on another table - was Dave Colclough who suffered a "Tudor" demise, when his queens were summarily executed by kings, less than one hour after sitting down. The defeat was made all the more frustrating as Colclough had arrived very late due to flight delays.
Scotland's Tony Chessa got going early on building a sizeable stack of over 50,000 chips (before later losing a chunk of them), while experienced Swede, Ken Lennaard, was doing well too. In contrast, Joe Hachem, Noah Berken and Marcel Luske were struggling for air after taking hits. Hachem and Luske were soon to head for the exits.
Italian Luca Pagano was another quietly accumulating chips as the day wore on, and Ram Vaswani, on show at the TV table, continued to impress, winning chips on a regular basis and building an imposing stack, at one time over 100,000 until taking a big hit against Marc Naalden, who flopped a set on an all-diamond flop. Naalden took over the chip lead with that coup and ended the day as overall chip leader of the entire tournament with over 120,000. Vaswani sits in third with 72,000 behind Xuyen "Bad Girl" Pham, Day 1A's top player.
One happy post-script to Day 1B; the last remaining female player in the day's action is Anina Staunbo Gundesen, a Danish internet qualifier who is here on the back of a $13 re-buy tournament. At the end of her first day she sits proudly with a little less than 30,000. One for the locals to cheer on when play starts in earnest on Day 2 proper.
With the EPT Copenhagen contest now into the business end of proceedings and less than 100 players competing, be sure to check back to UK Poker News for further updates.
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