The second PartyPoker.net German Open gets underway tomorrow and runs from the 29th of December through to the 2nd of December in London. This world class €2,500 buy-in tournament features 36 players, including online qualifiers, celebrities and some of the world's best players. The event has been organised by Matchroom Sport and has a total prize pool of €117,000, with a first prize of €50,000.
PartyBets.com has produced a market for those of you wanting to try and back the winner. WSOP Europe bracelet winner Thomas 'Buzzer' Bihl and 2007 WSOP bracelet winner Michael Keiner are the equal favourites at 9/1. The next line of betting has PartyPoker Premier League Poker runner-up Eddy Scharf, Rino Mathis, Benjamin Kang and Roland Specht all at 12/1.
After finishing runner up last year in the inaugural German Open Thomas "Buzzer" Bihl will be out to improve with a victory.
Joining the high quality professional contingent and internet qualifiers will be a selection of celebrities. They will compete at a special celebrity table, with the winner progressing into the main event.
The celebrity line-up consists of Berlin bad boy rap star Sido, German television presenter Gundis Zambo, musician Klaus Baumgart, actor Christian Kahrmann, Austrian television presenter Robert Palfrader and ex –footballer and television pundit Thomas Strunz.
A PartyPoker spokesman said: "There are a huge number of very able German speaking internet players out there and it will be fascinating to see how these up and coming aces get on against giants such as Keiner, Scharf and Mathis. The event was a big success last year and we're pleased to be sponsoring it again in 2007."
"We're looking forward to the celebrity heat and are just a bit worried that we will have enough room in the hotel for Sido and his entourage. He's a huge fan of poker and will be celebrating his birthday while on the felt."
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