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It is awards season. Sure, the Academy Awards and Grammys are prominent at this time of year, but the poker industry has its own awards to recognize the best and brightest in the game from the year 2015.

The Global Poker Index just recently announced its 2nd Annual American Poker Awards, which will be taking place very soon in Los Angeles. But now, there is another event for which to prepare, as the 16th Annual European Poker Awards is in the works as well.

GPI announced that the European Poker Awards will take place at Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort in Monaca. The elegant evening of honors and trophies will happen on May 3, amidst the Grand Final of the European Poker Tour’s 12th season. That EPT12 series will be at the same resort from April 25 to May 6.

partypoker-20_pound_300x250_en_UKThe event will be open to the public, as in past years, though the venue dictates that seating is limited to 150 guests. When more information is announced, there will be an opportunity to reserve a seat for the festivities. However, for those not in Monte Carlo, everything will be livestreamed on Twitch.

While details, including award categories and nominations, have yet to be announced, the voting will likely resemble that of the previous year. That list of nominees was chosen by a panel of 60-80 poker industry experts and players, and an eight-person jury chose the winners from those lists.



Memories from Previous Ceremony

european poker awardsThe last rendition of the ceremony took place at the Portomaso Marina Hilton Hotel in March of 2015 in Malta. It coincided with the EPT stop in Malta, and the awards dinner and ceremony was attended by more than 220 people.

Big honors in 2015 (for the 2014 year) were bestowed upon numerous players and industry individuals. One of the most coveted awards was for Poker’s Best Ambassador, and it was given to George Danzer of Germany, who accumulated quite a few GPI points while winning three WSOP bracelets and taking the WSOP Player of the Year award.

Pierre Neuville received the Lifetime Achievement honor, which happened months before making the 2015 WSOP Main Event final table. And the Charitable Initiative of the Year went to REG. Another big award was given to Unibet for Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year for the launch of its new online gaming platform.

Other winners from last year were:

  • Tournament Performance of the Year: Martin Jacobson, World Series of Poker Main Event
  • Breakout Player of the Year: Jack Salter
  • Event of the Year of up to $2K Buy-in: Battle of Malta
  • Event of the Year of more than $2K Buy-in: EPT Vienna Main Event
  • Media Content of the Year: Victor Saumont, Nosebleed
  • Media Person of the Year: Marc Convey
  • Industry Person of the Year: Leon Tsoukernik, King’s Casino

We would love to hear your suggestions for nominees that you hope receive recognition at the upcoming European Poker Awards. Which categories and people do you want to see included?

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer has been a freelance writer in the poker industry for a decade. She left a full-time job with the World Poker Tour to tell the stories of poker. She now lives in St. Louis, writes about poker while pursuing other varied interests, and speaks her mind on Twitter… a lot.