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EPT Copenhagen Day 2: Melanie Weisner Leads As Brits Bow Out

Melanie Weisner (Photo: Neil Stoddart)

Yesterday was Day 2 of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Copenhagen main Event where 179 players returned to their seats in the Casino Copenhagen each sharing a common goal; to make it through to Thursday's Day 3. By the time five 75-minute levels had been played only 72 players had met those goals and unfortunately none of our British and Irish contingent made it through.

At various points during the day we lost Mick Graydon, Ben Vinson, Martins Adeniya, John Eames, David Vamplew, Ashley Mason and the former EPT Prague Main Event champion Roberto Romanello.

Romanello's exit hand looked like quite the cooler and although the preflop, flop and turn betting was missed what was caught by the PokerNews Live Reporting team was the Welshman moving all in for 19,200 into the 33,000 pot on a board that read {2-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{8-Clubs}. Thomas Blomberg was his sole opponent and he made the call, turning over {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} as he did, besting Romanello's {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts}.

So with no Brits left in the pack we will have to turn our attentions elsewhere and where better than the current chip leader Melanie Weisner, a regular on the European circuit and good friends with a number of Brits including former EPT champions Rupert Elder and David Vamplew. Weisner ended the day with a tournament leading stack of 368,200 but her colosal stack is only narrowly in front of the highly aggressive Dane Simon Ravnsbaek who has 320,800.

Weisner was hovering around the average stack for most of the day but a huge hand took place right at the death that saw her end the day as the overall chip leader. Weisner opened the action with a 3,500 bet and there were two callers in the shape of Johan Roosen and Lars Damgaard Hansen. The flop was {J-Clubs}{9-Hearts} {5-Diamonds} and Hansen checked to Weisner who bet 6,400 and only Hansen made the call. On the turn the pair shared the {10-Hearts} and Hansen check-called a 12,500 Weisner bet. Then on the river we saw the {4-Clubs} and Hansen took the betting lead for 18,900. Weisner looked down to check she still had the nuts {K-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} before raising it up to 58,700 and Hansen called (he later told Weisner he flopped two pair).

Along with the aforementioned players there are still five Team PokerStars Pros in the field; Pierre Neuville is the best placed of them all with 221,300 chips and he his leading Team Online's Mickey Petersen (82,200), Luca Pagano (59,000), Johnny Lodden (41,100) and Martin Staszko (27,900). Other notables included last year's winner Michael Tureniec (214,500), Juha Helppi (160,300), Steve O'Dwyer (122,000), Mads Wissing (119,300) and the former Liverpool and Denmark midfielder Jan Molby (56,300).

Play resumes at 1200 CET and will continue until only 24 players have chips in front of them. Who will be amongst them? Follow the Live Reporting team for all the action as it happens and check back tomorrow for a full recap of the action.

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