EPT returns with German Open Tuesday

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After a three-week break, the European Poker Tour resumes its fourth season tomorrow with the German Open in Dortmund, Germany.

The inaugural EPT German Open took place last March at Casino Hohensyburg in Dortmund. Turnout for the event was strong, with 493 players paying €5,000 apiece to create a €2,317,100 prize pool, and the final table was the second of three during EPT Season 3 to be composed completely of European players.

In the end, Norwegian Andreas Hoivold, only seven months into his professional poker career at the time, scored his first major win by coming from behind over the course of a grueling, seven-hour final table. Hoivold defeated Italy's Cristiano Blanco on the first hand of heads-up play to take home the title.

For the win, Hoivold took home an impressive €672,000 and a seat in the EPT Grand Final.

Last year's final standings were as follows:

Place Name Prize
1st Andreas Hoivold €672,000 ($880,572)
2nd Cristiano Blanco €380,000 ($497,943)
3rd Sebastian Ruthenberg €220,000 ($288,283)
4th Gunner Rabe €169,000 ($221,453)
5th Jacob Rasmussen €139,000 ($182,142)
6th Erik Lindberg €109,000 ($142,831)
7th Nicolas Levi €85,700 ($112,299)
8th Thomas Fougeron €60,300 ($79,016)

According to the EPT website, the German Open field will feature 97 players who qualified for the event on PokerStars.

Among the notables who are confirmed for Day 1 of the event are 2008 PokerStars.com Caribbean Adventure winner Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, 2007 WSOP Razz champion Katja Thater, Italian pros Dario Minieri and Luca Pagano, Team PokerStars members Daniel Negreanu and Noah Boeken, and PokerStars Passport winner Dustin Mele. German tennis icon and PokerStars ambassador Boris Becker is also scheduled to play in Dortmund.

The starting field for the event is split into Day 1a and Day 1b, with the final table scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2.

The German Open is the seventh tournament to be held on this season's EPT. It follows events in Barcelona, Spain; London, U.K.; Baden, Austria; Dublin, Ireland; Prague, Czech Republic; and Paradise Island, Bahamas.

The size of the tournament fields throughout the EPT's fourth season has reflected Europe's passion for poker. The average EPT event this season has welcomed upward of 520 players, and the average first prize has been in the neighborhood of €850,000. The German Open should be no exception to this trend, given the strength of its debut last season.

As with most of the EPT's events, the tournament will be filmed for the EPT's television broadcast throughout Europe.

There will also be two days of live webcasts on the EPT Live Web site. The TV table is scheduled for webcast on Friday, Feb. 1, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. (CET), while the final table is scheduled for the same time on Saturday.

For those of you who want more of the action than just the final table, PokerListings.com will also be on the scene to provide coverage of the entire event from Day 1 until the very last player is eliminated.

Check out the Live Tournament section for updates, interviews, photos, reports and more when the German Open begins Tuesday.

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