In less than a week’s time, the 13th annual European Poker Awards take place at the Casino Barriere during the European Poker Tour Deauville festival. Once again, the awards are presented and sponsored by the Global Poker Index.
In 2013, UK & Ireland PokerNews celebrated as Roberto Romanello and Dermot Blain picked up their respective UK and Ireland Player of the Year awards, while the Dusk Till Dawn casino’s Simon Trumper deservedly received the Poker Staff Person of the Year gong for his unrivalled dedication. We can also be cheeky and say that Kara Scott was representing the UK and not Canada when she won the Poker Personality of the Year award, too!
This year, Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Blain once again topped the Irish Player of the Year standings and will be in Deauville to collect his trophy. The United Kingdom Player of the Year for 2013 was Stephen Chidwick who ended the year with deep runs in the Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Event and the EPT Prague Main Event to pip Matthew Ashton to the post.
In addition to the Player of the Year titles, six Brits have been nominated for various awards and there is no reason whatsoever why at least four of them can’t win – a couple of categories have two Brits in making it impossible for all six to return home with an award.
The Brits who are in the running are as follows:
- Barny Boatman in the Best Tournament Performance category
- Matthew Ashton in the Rookie of the Year category
- Toby Lewis in the Internet Player of the Year category
- Chris Moorman in the Internet Player of the Year category
- Marc Convey in the Poker Industry Person of the Year category
- Lee Davy in the Poker Industry Person of the Year category
There is also a change of a British or Irish winner in the Rob Gardner Memorial Award for poker personality of the year, Live European Player of the Year and in the Lifetime Achievement category, although the recipient of those awards are not decided until the night of the lavish awards ceremony.
Say what you will about the European Poker Awards, you’re entitled to your opinion, but here at UK & Ireland PokerNews we think it is fantastic that so many of our players and fellow member of the poker media are being recognised for the hard work and dedication they have put in and shown over the past 12 months and beyond. Good luck to all of the UK & Ireland’s nominees.