Kings and monkeys: Joeri Zandvliet leads UKIPT Edinburgh
There is an evil monkey that is alive and well on the European Poker Tour and it's been sitting on the back of all 58 EPT winners. Not one single EPT winner has managed to claim a second title in just over six seasons of the premier poker tour. The UKIPT could well be killing that monkey before it even gets a chance to peel a banana thanks to Joeri Zandvliet. The Dutchman won UKIPT Manchester in February over Valentines day weekend and goes into Day 3 here as chip leader with 1,204,000.
* The monkey is in no way related to this evil monkey, but to all extents and purposes probably wouldn't be a million miles away from it either.
Zandvliet may be top of the chip stacks at the moment but he's not far ahead of Luke Marsh (1,146,000) and Nicholas Abou Risk (1,018,000). These three players all won pots over 500,000 involving pockets kings. Marsh got his monster pot against James McTaggart's pocket queens and Abou Risk had fired for three big streets of value against Marsh's top-pair top-kicker. Zandvliet had James Williams make a five-bet shove on him with Q♥5♥ when he held the cowboys. It was a moment that entirely changed the dynamic of the table admitted Zandvliet: "That hand against James (Williams) was crucial, it took me from 400,000 to 700,000 and changed a lot." That it did. It gave the Dutchman enough chips to take shots against shorter stacks and he knocked out a couple of players who three-bet shoved into him, despatching Joe Whittaker in 13th with a weak ace and Sam Holden in 12th with king-queen.
The rest of the field trying to elbow their way onto the final table is Steve Lovett (451,000), Suzanne Pyefinch (344,000), Richard Chadwick (335,000), Max Silver (291,000), Mantas Puidokas (277,000), Jake Cody (235,000), Mary Martin (220,000) and Owen Robinson (218,000). There's been some very solid play and the final table is shaping up to be a stormer. Jake Cody is a well known figure following his EPT win at Deauville in January for €847,000 and this will be his first UKIPT final table (if he makes it) following a deep run in Coventry.
Another one of the shorter stacks who will be a real threat if he can get some chips is Owen Robinson, our fourth place finisher at UKIPT Nottingham. Robinson and Zandvliet are both high on the UKIPT leaderboard and have put themselves in a great position to top the board. Other leaderboard challengers played this tournament, including the one-two combo of Marius Lietuvninkas (157.3 points) and Mike Hill (151.5), but none except Robinson (121.1) and Zandvliet (97.5) made a real impact. Check the leaderboard here.
Join us here tomorrow from 3pm where we'll play down to the inugural winner of UKIPT Edinburgh who will take home £50,000 and a £5,000 EPT London package.
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