The Unibet sponsored 2014 British Poker Awards took place at the Hippodrome Casino, London on the evening of February 23 with the lavish ceremony attended by some of the United Kingdom's most recognisable poker stars.
One such star, Victoria Coren Mitchell, had three reasons to celebrate after picking up a trio of awards on Monday night. The former team PokerStars Pro, who stepped down from her position over PokerStars' introduction of casino games, picked up the Best Social Media user gong before being awarded Best Poker Personality of the Year and Performance of the Year.
Coren Mitchell's third award was based on her becoming the first ever player to win two European Poker Tour Main Events. Coren Mitchell took down the EPT Sanremo Main Event in April 2014 to get her hands on €476,100 and a second winner's trophy to keep the one she won in the 2006 EPT London Main Event company.
Another player to collect more than one award was Simon Deadman. The popular live grinder had a stellar 2014 that saw him win more than $1.1 million from live tournaments helped by six runner-up finishes and a win in the Hollywood Poker Open in Las Vegas. While obviously deserving, it's strange to give someone who has been a regular on the circuit since 2009 such an award.
Deadman also scooped the Best Live Tournament Player, fighting off the likes of Stephen Chidwick, Tom Hall, Chris Moorman, Oliver Price and Max Silver. Any of those aforementioned players would have been a worthy winner so it's no surprise that Deadman is delighted with collecting this coveted award.
Chris Moorman won the Best Online Player and the Players' Player of the Year while the Dusk Till Dawn team need to make more room on their trophy shelf after the club was crowned Best Live Cardroom, won the Best Tournament for its involvement with the partypoker WPT500 and Rob Yong was given the Best Contribution to Growing and Promoting Poker award.
The only real surprise across all categories was Daniel Negreanu claiming the Best International Player despite being put in a category with Ole Schemion, Davidi Kitai and Daniel Colman, the latter having demolished every tournament he played in 2014, winning more than $22.3 million in the process. I guess it pays to keep yourself in the public eye – something Colman refrains from – if you want to scoop this award.
2014 British Poker Awards Results
|Breakout Player of the Year||Simon Deadman|
|Best Social Media||Victoria Coren Mitchell|
|Best TD||Toby Stone|
|Best International Player||Daniel Negreanu|
|Best training Site||Run It Once|
|Poker Personality of the Year||Victoria Coren Mitchell|
|Best Blogger||Jake Cody|
|Best Live Tournament Player||Simon Deadman|
|Best Online Player and Players Player||Chris Moorman|
|Best Live Cardroom||Dusk Till Dawn|
|Best poker League||Red Tooth Poker|
|Best Contribution to Growing and Promoting Poker||Rob Yong|
|Performance of the Year||Victoria Coren Mitchell|
A huge congratulations to all of the winners and here's to the remainder 2015 being as exciting as 2014 was!