Fedor Holz Highlights 15th Annual European Poker Award Nominees


Fedor Holz will receive his 2015 GPI Player of the Year trophy at the European Poker Awards

On May 3, a veritable who’s who of the top names in European poker will gather at the Monte Carlo Bay and Resort in luxurious Monaco. Over the course of the evening, nine awards will be given out as part of the 15th Annual GPI European Poker Awards, honoring players for their achievements in 2015. The nominees were announced on Monday.

The list of potential winners was pared down to four nominees per category by a panel of 62 members of the poker world including players, media, and operators. The nominees include some of the top names in the game like Fedor Holz, Dzmitry Urbanovich, and English legend John Gale. It also includes mainstays of the poker tournament scene in Europe including European Poker Tour President Edgar Stuchly and World Poker Tour Europe General Manager Hermance Blum.

Attendees will also have a chance to relive memorable moments like Dzmitry Urbanovich winning four tournaments during EPT Malta, Barny Boatman winning his second career WSOP bracelet, and Mustapha ‘lasagnaaammm’ Kanit winning the EPT Barcelona €10K High Roller. Events to be recognized include the EPT Grand Final, WSOP Europe Main Event, and PokerListings Battle of Malta.

The awards will take place on May 3 in a ceremony emceed by American Joe Stapleton. 2015 GPI European Player of the Year Fedor Holz and European Female Player of the Year Liv Boeree will also receive their trophies during the gala, which will take place at the exclusive Blue Gin Bar.

“I’m lucky enough to travel a lot in Europe and have met most of the nominees of the newest edition of the GPI European Poker Awards,” GPI owner Alex Dreyfus said. “I believe the panel did a great job of nominating and, as always, it’s going to be very difficult and painful to make a choice.”

The newest edition of the European Poker Awards comes just a few months after the American Poker Awards were doled out in Los Angeles for the second straight year. Winners at that ceremony included the likes of Josh Beckley, PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters, and PocketFives Community Manager Kevin ‘Kevmath’ Mathers, who received the Jury Award.

“We acquired the European Poker Awards and then, last year, we launched the American Poker Awards,” Dreyfus said. “I believe that players, media, and communities in the US and Europe are different. While the game is the same and the competition is worldwide, each market has different needs. It wouldn’t make sense to have one award for the whole industry since there are so many differences. How would you compare events held in the US and in Europe? So, we hold two different award ceremonies.”

Here’s the complete list of nominees:

Breakout Player of the Year

  • Charles Carrel
  • Dzmitry Urbanovich
  • Fedor Holz
  • Rainer Kempe

Low Buy-In Event of the Year (below €2,000)

  • Estrellas Poker Tour Barcelona
  • Norwegian Championships Norway Cup
  • PokerListings Battle of Malta
  • WPT500 at Dusk Till Dawn

High Buy-In Event of the Year (€2,000 and up)

  • EPT Barcelona Main Event
  • EPT Grand Final Main Event
  • EPT Prague Main Event
  • WSOP Europe Main Event

Industry Person of the Year

  • Edgar Stuchly
  • Hermance Blum
  • Luca Vivaldi
  • Rob Yong
  • Thomas Lamatsch

Innovation/Initiative of the Year

  • Norwegian Championship broadcast (sports style)
  • PokerStars Play Along App – Interactive Poker on TV
  • PokerStars using superstars (athletes) for global campaign
  • WSOP Europe remote Twitch broadcasts

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
  • “Devilfish: A Friend with a Heart of Gold”, PokerNews article (Jesse May, Mickey May)
  • Remko Report, PokerNews Podcast, August 2015 – Eli Elezra talks time in Israeli Army and high stakes with legends

Media Person of the Year

  • Frank Op de Woerd
  • Lee Davy
  • Neil Stoddart
  • Remko Rinkema

Moment of the Year

  • Dzmitry Urbanovich wins Crazy Pineapple tourney at EPT Malta – 4th win of series
  • Epic hand between Mateos and Lodden at EPT Grand Final (Negreanu on stream `We’re seeing some high-level poker`)
  • John Gale returns from three years off (because of brain tumor) to win WSOP bracelet #2
  • Pierre Neuville qualifies for the WSOP November Nine – after declaring he wasn’t done (at 2014 Euro Awards)

Tournament Performance of the Year

  • Adrian Mateos Wins the 2015 EPT Grand Final Main Event
  • 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


    • I’m Fedor’s biggest fan, but a bit ridic to win “breakout” player of the year when he shipped online tourney for 1.3 mil and won EPT in 2014