EPT8 Deauville: Don't mess with Moreira De Melo
They say that you should never judge a book by its cover but in most cases in poker you really can see what you're getting. You know what to expect when you find yourself sitting next to a young kid in a hoodie with Beats by Dre headphones wrapped round their noggin just as much as if you find yourself a couple of seats away from someone who picks their cards up high off the table to check their hand. Every street.
Looking at Dan 'luckyscrote' Carter you would see a player that wants to see some hands. He talks fast, not ElkY fast, but fast nonetheless and is a little fidgety at the table getting in his blind, ante and his absent neigbour's ante before anyone has posted theirs, even before the pot has finished being pushed to the winner of the previous hand. With him, you might get what you expect. Not so with Fatima Moreira de Melo.
Moreira de Melo is good looking and largely pretty smiley. She doesn't look like she should be a beast at the table but the former Dutch Olympian gold medallist is just that. Why check when you can bet? Why fold when you can shove all-in? I've even heard anecdotally that Lex Veldhuis, who is well known for being hyper-aggressive, had been coaching her some time ago and had encouraged to get her to rein her testosterone in.
Sitting on 40,000 at the beginning of the hand Moreira de Melo opened for 1,500 from the cut-off and was called by Bruno Launais on the button. A c-bet of 3,200 was called on the J♣9♥8♣ flop and a further 6,225 on the A♠ turn. The 4♥ dropped on the river and Moreira de Melo jammed all-in for a little more than 30,000. Launais took his glasses off and stared at Moreira de Melo. No reaction. He passed and Moreira de Melo raked in the pot, pushing her up closer to 50,000, a little above average going into Day 2.