The thin layer of ice is beginning to thaw across the Stadsgraven lake this morning and the trees that line either side sway gently in the breeze. It's a picture postcard vision from high up in the SAS Radisson hotel; only the healthy people riding bikes or jogging somewhere ruin it for those trapped indoors and who prefer their entertainment to be sedentary and no more energetic than to get a coffee refill in the player lounge.
But when you do that well it can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the returning 179 players consider themselves to be among that exclusive group at what has become a bijou event.
The likes of Steve O'Dwyer for instance would be one of them, alongside such luminaries as Mads Wissing, Anton Wigg, David Vamplew, Theo Jorgensen, Luca Pagano, Johnny Lodden, and Arnaud Mattern. Of course a lot of the others in the field are just kidding itself, but we'll let that news break to them in the natural way.
Chip leader Steve O'Dwyer
Yesterday Wissing was the leader at the close on 127,575, some way behind Day 1a leader O'Dwyer who leads today with 190,975. Will they catch him? Find out as coverage of today's play unfolds here on the PokerStars Blog.