European Poker Awards Winners Revealed

European Poker Awards 2011The 10th annual European Poker Awards have been announced, and with the number of nominees and winners residing from the United Kingdom, it highlighted the fact that Brits have had a great year on the felt!

Rookie of the Year – Jake Cody

In the Rookie of the Year category, the UK’s Jake Cody was the stand out winner. Interestingly, he was relatively unknown only 12 months ago but he definitely didn’t take long to get in his winning ways. Cody won the EPT Deauville and WPT London within a 7 month period, winning more then $1.6 million in those two tournaments alone.

Internet Player of the Year – Andreas Torbergsen

This award was heavily contested with so many standout online players who made their mark this year. Andreas Torbergsen won the Internet Player of the Year category, with $4 million in online earnings in 2010. His nickname online is “Skjervøy”, and he is one of the Cardrunners coaches.

Outstanding tournament performance – James Bord

This award was another tough one to decided with a lot of stiff competition. WSOPE champion James Bord beat the likes of Jake Cody, Liv Boeree and Fillipo Candio among others to win this award. One of the deciding factors was probably the fact that the WSOPE is considered to be one of the toughest live tournaments with no soft tables, hence his nomination for this award.

Europe’s Leading Lady – Liv Boeree

Liv Boeree was well deserving of this award. After taking down the EPT San Remo event, it was the largest live tournament won by a female player in 2010, which put here in a great position to win this award. To win the EPT event, Liv was required to beat 1240 other players which really solidified her on the poker circuit as one of the leading female poker pros.

Poker staff person of the year – Gerard Serra Retamero ,TK Events

Gerard Serra Retamero of TK Events won this award. The award was designed to highlight the behind the scene efforts that have made poker better. Gerard was recognized as one of the hardest working individuals on the EPT tour and played a huge role in the Spanish Poker Tour.

Rob Gardner Memorial Award for the Poker Personality of 2010 – Tony G

PokerNews founder Tony G won this award. Love him or hate him, there is a lot to like about him, and he has a great personality for TV. While the exposure he gets is not always related to playing poker, it goes without saying that Tony had an extremely busy 2010. The year saw him play the fearless Swede cash game pro “Isildur1” in the SuperStar Showdown, playing one of the sickest TV hands of the year on the The Big Game, when his full house lost to Vanessa Rousso’s bigger full house, as well as bidding on Peter Eastgate’s 2008 WSOP bracelet.

Player of the Year – Jake Cody

Jake Cody, who was named the rookie of the year, was also crowned player of the year. It was well deserving as his results on the poker circuit were nothing short of phenomenal. He won a WPT and EPT title and earned more then $1.6 million in his debut year.

Lifetime achievement award – Nic Szeremeta

Nic Szeremeta won this award. It’s the first time a poker media ambassador received it instead of a player. Nic was former secretary of the European Poker Players Association, the former editor of Poker Europa magazine, and the co creator or the World Heads-Up Poker Championships. Most notably, he was the creator of legendary poker show Late Night Poker.