EPT event kicks off in Copenhagen Tuesday

Daniel Negreanu
Keep your eyes out for Kid Poker at the EPT Scandinavian Open this week.

The fourth season of the European Poker Tour turns to the home stretch Tuesday with the Scandinavian Open in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Participation in the EPT is at its peak with only three more tournaments before the Grand Final in Monte Carlo.

The 50,000 DKK ($9,831) Casino Copenhagen event is already sold out to a field of 460 players and has guaranteed a record Scandinavian prize pool of nearly €3 million. Of those players, 130 either qualified on PokerStars or are members of Team PokerStars.

Among the Team PokerStars players expected to be playing in Denmark this week are 2005 Scandinavian Open champ Noah Boeken, "Kid Poker" Daniel Negreanu, former WSOP main event winner Tom McEvoy, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Bill Chen, 2007 WSOP Razz champion Katja Thater, and Italian pros Luca Pagano and Dario Minieri.

Also joining the PokerStars contingent is EPT domination machine Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. The Frenchman comes into the Scandinavian Open in second place on the EPT's all-time money list after his PokerStars.com Caribbean Adventure triumph last month. Only Gavin Griffin, winner of a huge prize at last year's EPT Grand Final, can claim more EPT earnings than ElkY - and even then the difference is only $10,000.

Last year's 37,500 DKK buy-in Scandinavian Open drew a robust field of 400 entries and a 13,824,000 DKK ($2,394,927) prize pool. Thomas Holm and Theo Jørgensen represented host country Denmark at the final table, but in the end neither man made it to the heads-up match.

The final saw Sweden's Magnus Petersson take home the championship by outlasting ElkY. The final table ended up looking like this:

Magnus Petersson
4,078,080 DKK ($706,504)
Bertrand Grospellier
2,308,608 DKK ($399,953)
Richard Toth
1,340,928 DKK ($232,308)
4th Theo Jorgensen
1,022,976 DKK ($177,225)
Samir Shakhtoor
843,264 DKK ($146,091)
6th Alexandre Poulain
663,552 DKK ($114,957)
Thomas Holm
525,312 DKK ($91,007)
Anders Wijk
373,248 DKK ($64,663)

A solid week of poker in Copenhagen begins at the Vega Nightclub tonight at 8 p.m. (CET) with the PokerStars.com Scandinavian Poker Awards. It's arguable that nobody loves their poker more than Scandinavians, and these awards reflect their passion for the game.

WSOP Europe Main Event winner Annette "annette_15" Obrestad and "The Great Dane" Gus Hansen are among the players nominated for 2008 honors, along with fellow Scandinavian poker stars Søren Kongsgaard, Trond Erik Eidsvig and Christer Björin.

Last year's winners included William Thorson (Best Live Player), Johnny Lodden (Best Online Player), Anina Gundensen (Best Female), Mats Iremark (Rookie of the Year) and Bjorn-Erik Glenne (Best Performance).

EPTLive will carry live webcasts of the action in five languages on the last two days, and the final table will be filmed for the EPT television series.

For those of you who prefer your tournament coverage in gloriously written English dripping with all the juicy details, you can catch all the action straight from the fingertips of PokerListings.com all-star tournament reporter Matthew Showell in the Live Tournaments section.

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