EPT9 Barcelona: The many possibilities of a PokerStars Women double
PokerStars Blog loves a double winner. There has never been a double EPT Champion, and we have yet to crown a PokerStars Women Live double winner! I wouldn't dare to say a women's double would be a bigger deal than two EPT wins... but only because the guys on the blog team bought me lunch, I intend to stay on friendly terms.
There are three former PokerStars Women Live winners playing in Barcelona today, all in with a chance of this women's claim to fame.
London 2011 winner Jan Combes came close to a double when she finished third in the Monaco Ladies event in May, but it was Spaniard Leo Margets who won the Grand Final Ladies event. Leo plays the Women's tourney in Barcelona today. Might she be the one to claim this women's first?
Sara Mariani is another player in with a shout. Sara won in her home city of Madrid earlier this year and she's made the trip to Barcelona to try to claim a win again.
Other notable players in today's field include friend of PokerStars Charlotte van Brabander, who made the final table of the Grand Final Women's event last time around, finishing fifth.
Charlotte Van Brabander
Charlotte's sister Camille plays at her sister's table. This is her first EPT and she's made a good start to her poker career by winning her seat in last night's qualifier. If Charlotte's enthusiasm and talent have rubbed off on her sister we might expect to see Camille in many future EPTs.
Camille Van Brabander
There's a few more 'keep it in the family' links in the women's tournament. Erica Holland, the fiancé of Jason Mercier, is playing today, as is Liya Garasimov, supported by her Team Pro boyfriend Ivan Demidov.
The PokerStars Women tourney features 63 players competing for the following prizes:
Stop Press: Jan Combes won't be claiming the women's first - she's out. Jan said, 'It just didn't happen for me. It doesn't always.' That said, her results in women's tourneys suggests it 'happens' for her far more than most! She was looking forward to the player party and claimed, "I had a nice time."