With the €50,000 Single-Day High Roller going off next door, Day 1a running yesterday, and the average poker player's penchant for late registration, the field seems devoid of a lot of superstars here in Level 1.
However, Andreas Hoiviold is here. European Poker Tour fans will no doubt remember that Hoivold captured the €5,000 EPT Main Event at Dortmund, Germany in Season 3 for €672,000.
The Norweigan was one of the early stars of the EPT, has since collected better than $1.7 million in career tournament earnings and even appeared on the popular American cash game TV show High Stakes Poker .
Hoivold's story isn't all champagne and roses, however. It is public knowledge that at 21 years old, the now 40-something Hoivold broke almost every bone in his body in a car accident that killed one of his passengers. He spent months in hospital, was in a wheelchair for almost a year and served five months in prison after being charged and convicted of vehicular manslaughter.
Hoivold, who still suffers from chronic pain, discovered poker years later in 2004, and the rest, as they say, is history.