It's probably worth warning any readers who intend to stick with us this week that your two writers here in Dortmund once learned German at school. By "school", I mean high school, and by "learned" I mean sat for a few hours in a classroom with a blank face while someone spoke German to them.
We're a long, long way from fluent -- we're a long, long way from vaguely competent if the truth be known -- but if you happen to notice the arbitrary deployment of some German-sounding words, that's the reason. The excuses are in early. Please forgive us.
Wie komme ich am besten zum Bahnhof, bitte?
See, sometimes it's just impossible to resist.
That said, our expertise in the language does not mean we're above sniggering childishly at names that sound odd to our shamelessly anglo-centric ears. And in a bid to get over that slight hurdle, consider this something of a name-dump to get it out of the system. All the following have taken their seats around the poker tables of Dortmund today; just imagine getting a couple of these on a triple word score.
Zink, Zipf, Gitz, Brux, Kokki, Koch, Epp, Hitz, Makki, Fritz, Nitsche, Quaß, Groot, Dessewffy, Weenink, Kwiek, Schweinstetter, Baffa.
There, that's done now. I promise we won't do it again.
I will, however, point this out: film buffs might also enjoy a possible apocalypse brewing here in Dortmund. Today's field also includes Messrs Coppola, Kurtz and Wagner, which is surely enough to get any napalm fans breathing in deeply. Getting all of those on the same table could be too much to resist.
Anyway, enough of this nonsense. Here's a video blog:
Watch EPT Dortmund S5: Introductio Into Day 1a (English) on PokerStars.tv