With more than a hint of irony (following the announcement that the WSOPE is going to be held in Cannes for the next three years), UK poker players scooped five of the eight titles awarded at the 10th European Poker Awards held at the Queenie Club in Paris last weekend.
Weighed down heaviest with awards when returning to home shores was Jake Cody, who won the title of “Rookie of the Year” and “Player of the Year” after wining more than $1.2 million in the EPT Deauville in January and a further $425.000 at the WPT London in the summer. With around $1.7 million in tournament winnings throughout the year, Cody beat fellow UK poker players Sam Trickett and David Vamplew to snatch both the European Poker Awards titles.
Despite his excellent victories, Jake could not grab a hat-trick of awards as he was beaten for the title of “Outstanding Tournament Performance” by James Bord – last year´s winner of the WSOPE.
Also among the nominations for this award was Liv Boeree, who was not to go home empty-handed as she was awarded the title of “Europe´s Leading Lady” ahead of Annette Obrestad and Leo Margets Perez, with the fifth UK “gong of the evening” going to poker media ambassador Nic Szeremeta, who was honoured with the “Lifetime Achievement Award”.
Winners in the other categories were:-
“Internet Player of the Year” – Andreas “skjervoy” Torbergsen (Full Tilt)
“Poker Staff Person of the Year” – Gerard Serra Retamero (TK Events – Spain)
“Poker Personality of the Year” – Tony G (Party Poker – for offering to buy Peter Eastgate´s WSOP bracelet as a collar for his dog!)
Congratulations to all the victorious UK Poker Players!