EPT Copenhagen: The heat is on
by Simon Young
I can never get it right. At last year's EPT in Copenhagen, Denmark, there were snow storms - and I was the only man in the country without a coat. This year, after careful preparation, I touched down at the airport wearing a huge overcoat, jumper and scarf. The result? Not a snow flake in sight, in fact it's positively warm for this time of year in Scandinavia.
The temperature will rise further in an hour of so when Day 1A of the EPT Copenhagen gets under way. Already players are queuing for registration for the €5,000 event, won last year by home favourite Mads Andersen.
Today we have a host of top PokerStars names playing, including Isabelle "No Mercy" Mercier, Luca Pagano, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Noah "Exclusive" Boeken, Thang Duc Nguyen (who won the EPT Baden in October) and Dario Minieri.
They, and everyone else, may do a double take if a certain Mads Mikkelsen is on their table. The name may mean nothing to you, but you will recognise him as the evil Le Chiffre, the poker-playing villain in the latest James Bond movie, Casino Royale.
Dane Mads is, by all accounts, a decent player in real life, so we will follow his progress today with interest.
Evil: Bond nemesis Le Chiffre
As kick-off time approaches, the table draw has been made and there are some interesting clashes looming. Sharing table nine are Italians Luca Pagano and Dario Minieri, while Noah Boeken and ElkY will be battling together on table 12.
Keep checking back here as we bring you the best of the action.