EPT8 Copenhagen: As far as playing fields go, this one's tough
The EPT Copenhagen field might be slightly smaller than previous incarnations, but think of it as just a stiffer concentration. This is the good gin, rather than the watered down house gin, the good scotch as opposed to the backroom hooch; a full glass of Robinsons orange cordial, without any water to dilute.
Of the 24 players returning today 14 of them have recorded cash finishes on the tour prior to today. Incredibly, from those, eight have previously reached final tables.
Jacob Rasmussen finished in fifth place in Dortmund in Season 3 and has two more cashes in Copenhagen. Andreas Weise has four cashes, the best of which was a sixth place finish in Vienna last season. He also finished seventh in Prague this year.
Juha Lauttamus finished fourth in Prague in Season 4, one of three EPT cashes, while Aage Ravn's best performance came in Season 6 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, where he finished in sixth place.
Steve O'Dwyer has one notable EPT cash, earlier this season in London where he finished second to Benny Spindler in the main event. Then there's today's chip leader Pierre Neuville with some 11 cashes to his name, the best of which being his first, a second place finish in Vilamoura back in season 6.
Pierre Neuville (left) and Aage Ravn
That leaves Michael Tureniec.
The Swede, who has more than $1.6 million in EPT earnings) is the last former champion in the field, and a Copenhagen champion at that. The odds will always be against a double win but were Tureniec to beat those odds he would go down in poker history as the first to put this perennial talking point to bed.