EPT Copenhagen: Husband beats wife

Xuyen Pham gives hubbie Steve Vlader (blue jacket) the stare

by Simon Young

Xuyen "Bad Girl" Pham is one of Europe's top women players. She likes this venue, having finished ninth here last year, and had been doing quite nicely today. Her husband, Steve Vlader, will tirelessly cheer her on from the rail when he is not playing himself.

But today he is playing, and he has just been moved on to his wife's table. If you thought these two might keep out of each other's way, then think again. Steve sat down and promptly took most of the wife's stack. Xuyen, from England, looked up at me and said: "He's just stolen my chips!" She now nurses a short-stack of about 4,000, while Steve has the family bragging rights with 14,000.

There could be an uneasy atmosphere in their hotel room tonight!

Blinds are now up to 150-300, with 143 players remaining. Contrasting fortunes for two PokerStars qualifiers on the same table. A huge raising war pre flop saw Mike Borgesi (Raising Me) fold jacks. A great lay down as he was up against A-A and Q-Q. The aces belonged to fellow qualifier Yuri Ten Bokkel (Yuri de Haan) from Holland, but they failed to hold up when the dealer produced 8-K-Q on the flop.
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