Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Last night saw poker luminaries from across Europe head to the Aviation Club De Paris for the inaugural annual European Poker Awards sponsored by Global Poker Index (GPI).
While the ceremony has been running for a number of years, this is the first time the GPI has hosted the event and yesterday evening saw talent reconised across a number of categories.Following a brief speech by Alex Dreyfus, Chief Executive Officer for GPI, the prize giving began in earnest with the rostrum flooded with talented players from start to finish.Kara Scott handed out trophies for categories such as UK Player Of The Year, which went to Roberto Romanello, while the special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Gus Hansen by Jesse May for his achievements in poker over the years.In addition, Jens Kyllonen took home the Internet Player Of The Year prize while the Europe’s Leading Lady gong went to Lucille Cailly.Overall the reaction to the ceremony was positive with the likes of Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier tweeting: “Amazing night at #GPI #EPA2013, awarded for number-one French player of the year”.Additional GPI European Poker Awards winners:German Player Of The Year: Marvin RettenmaierBelgian Player Of The Year: Davidi KitaiIrish Player Of The Year: Dermot BlainFinnish Player of the Year: Juha HelppiItalian Player of the Year: Andrea DatoAustrian Player of the Year: Ivo DonevSpanish Player of the Year: Cesar GarciaRookie Of The Year: Ole SchemionBest Tournament Performance Of The Year: Davidi KitaiInternet Player Of The Year: Jens KyllonenPoker Staff Person Of The Year: Simon TrumperRob Gardner Memorial Award For Poker Personality Of The Year: Kara ScottBest Tournament Of The Year: EPT BarcelonaGPI Player Of The Year: Marvin RettenmaierKeep up to date with all the news from the poker world by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
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