EPT Copenhagen: Stirred, not shaken
by Simon Young
JAMES Bond villain Mads Mikkelsen, who plays sinister poker player Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, is finding out just how hard top-flight poker is in real life. Yet despite being seated on a tough table, he is holding his own.
Sat with him are two of Scandinavia's finest - Theo Jorgensen and Edgar Skjervold - but Mads has sensibly realised that with an hour-long clock, starting blinds of 25-50 and 10,000 chips, he does not have to do anything silly.
Of course, if he finds himself in trouble he can always poison the opposition, just like he did in the film to the unfortunate Bond.
Oh-Oh-Heaven: Mikkelsen plays steady
Play has started somewhat gingerly, with little action, although Sweden's Peter "Nalle" Hedlund doubled up early by flopping a set of nines and calling an all in bet from a flopped set of threes.
Over at Dutchman Noah "Exclusive" Boeken's table, he and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier are raising a lot of pots and picking up the goodies with little action. It all seems too much for Noah, who is busy reading a magazine - a feature of his early level tournament play.
Making a good read: Noah Boeken
Meanwhile Team PokerStars' Isabelle Mercier is mixing it up on her table, taking a regular break from munching on her fruit to make raises. Her opponents are giving her a wide berth, but sat next to her is Jani Sointula, from Finland, who won the Monte Carlo Millions in 2004 and came second in last year's WPT in Paris. He will take no prisoners here.
Fruity: Isabelle contemplates
Experience: Jani Sointula