Stars Shine at 15th Annual European Poker Awards
The 15th Annual European Poker Awards were handed out last week, with a dozen poker players and members of the poker community receiving some of 2015’s highest honors. Nine awards were determined by an initial nomination process and the final selection by a jury. Two of the awards: GPI European Poker Player of the Year (Fedor Holz) and GPI European Female Player of the Year (Liv Boeree) were awarded based on the players’ final standing in the 2015 Global Poker Index.
There was also one Special Industry Achievement Award, called the Jury Award, given to poker photographer Neil Stoddart.
Once again, I did not win anything, a fact that would fill me with rage if it weren’t for the second fact that I am American. But, to show I hold no grudges, here is a complete list of all the nominees and winners.
GPI European Player of the Year 2015
GPI European Female Player of the Year 2015
Jury- Award Special Industry Achievement Award
Media Person of the Year
Frank Op de Woerd
WINNER: Remko Rinkema
Industry Person of the Year
WINNER: Hermance Blum
Breakout Player of the Year
WINNER: Dzmitry Urbanovich
Tournament Performance of the Year
Barny Boatman wins second career WSOP bracelet at WSOP Europe
Fedor Holz wins WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas
Mustapha Kanit wins EPT Barcelona 10K High Roller
WINNER: Adrian Mateos wins 2015 EPT Grand Final Main Event
Event of the Year (Buy-in up to €2,000)
Estrellas Poker Tour Barcelona
WINNER: Norwegian Championships Norway Cup
PokerListings Battle of Malta
WPT500 at Dusk Till Dawn
Event of the Year (Buy-in Over €2,000)
WINNER: EPT Barcelona Main Event
EPT Grand Final Main Event
EPT Prague Main Event
WSOP Europe Main Event
Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year
WINNER: Norwegian Championship broadcast (sports style)
PokerStars Play Along App – Interactive Poker on TV
PokerStars using superstar athletes for global campaign
WSOP Europe remote Twitch broadcasts
Moment of the Year
Dzmitry Urbanovich wins Crazy Pineapple tourney at EPT Malta for his fourth win of the series
Epic hand between Mateos and Lodden at EPT Grand Final
WINNER: John Gale returns from three years off because of brain tumor and wins second WSOP bracelet
Pierre Neuville qualifies for the WSOP November Nine after declaring he wasn’t done
Poker Media Content of the Year
“The Future of Poker in the Post-Boom Era” — Sam Grafton blog
“The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of Defeat” — Neil Stoddart’s picture captures Montury consoling Messina at EPT Malta
WINNER: “Devilfish: A Friend with a Heart of Gold” — PokerNews article by Jesse May and Mickey May
Remko Report, PokerNews Podcast, August 2015 — Eli Elezra talks about his time in the Israeli Army and high stakes poker with legends.
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