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  1. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz will receive his 2015 GPI Player of the Year trophy at the European Poker Awards[/caption] 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
  2. [caption width="640"] Dzmitry Urbanovich won Breakout Player of the Year at the 2015 European Poker Awards[/caption] The 15th edition of the European Poker Awards was held on Tuesday night at the Blue Gin Bar at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel in Monaco. After a 60-minute happy hour for all attendees, 11 awards were doled out. Emcee Joe Stapleton opened by telling the crowd of about 100 people, "Thank you to Kara Scott for not being able to host." Scott hosted the first two editions of the American Poker Awards as well as the 2015 European Poker Awards. Global Poker Index and European Poker Awards head Alex Dreyfus then took the mic. "There can only be one winner for every award," said Dreyfus. "These awards mean more year after year." Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz was given his award for 2015 GPI Player of the Year, telling the assembled crowd, "I'm overwhelmed by this. I want to thank my friends. I started playing because of them. I wouldn't be here without them." Holz won the WPT Alpha8 in December and had eight six-figure live scores last year. The Female GPI Player of the Year went to PokerStars pro Liv Boeree. "It's a huge honor. Thank you so much to everyone who was supportive of me," said Boeree, who finished third in the EPT Barcelona High Roller in 2015. "Thank you to Igor Kurganov for being my everything and my best supporter ever." Breakout Player of the Year went to Dzmitry Urbanovich. The then-21-year-old cashed 23 times in 2015 including winning four events during EPT Malta in March. "It was an awesome year for me," Urbanovich said. "Thank you to all of you who voted for me. I'm very happy to get this." The award for Event of the Year with a Buy-In of Up to €2,000 went to the Norwegian Championships Norway Cup, which was held in November. Awarded after that was the gold for the Tournament Performance of the Year, which went to Adrian Mateos for winning the 2015 EPT Grand Final Main Event. [caption width="637"] The 2015 European Poker Awards winners[/caption] The award for Media Content of the Year went to Jesse May and Mickey May for a PokerNews article called "Devilfish: A Friend with a Heart of Gold." "Mickey [May] and I want to dedicate this to the Devilfish. This award shows that European poker players know how important he was for poker," said Jesse May. "If he were here, he'd say: 'Fucking joke, mate. I die and you get a prize for the obituary.'" May compared Ulliott to Chris Moneymaker. The award for Industry Person of the Year went to Hermance Blum, General Manager of WPT Europe, who said, "I'm really overwhelmed. This is teamwork. I have a tremendous respect for EPT." The award for Event of the Year with a Buy-In of More than €2,000 was awarded to EPT Barcelona, and Media Person of the Year went to Remko Rinkema of PokerNews. Rinkema beat out longtime friend and fellow PokerNews writer Frank Op de Woerd for the award.. Poker Innovation of the Year went to the Norwegian Championship broadcast. A representative told the crowd, "We started broadcasting poker in 2015. We want to get up close and we want to get personal. We feel that is the way forward with poker on TV." Photographer Neil Stoddart, who was also nominated in the Media Person of the Year category, took home the Special Achievement in Industry Award, a category decided upon by only the jury. "I wasn't expecting that," Stoddart said. "Thank you to the PokerStars Blog. They do a fantastic job. Thank you to Mad Harper for disseminating my work. Thank you to the players. Thank you for letting me capture your moments of triumph and your agonies of defeat." To close out the evening, John Gale won Moment of the Year for returning from three years off because of a brain tumor to win his second career WSOP bracelet. "Thank you very much to the jury," Gale said in a short speech. "Thank you again."
  3. The poker world will unite in Las Vegas on April 5 when the Global Poker Index and Poker Central hold the new, unified, first-ever Global Poker Awards, presented by online poker site PokerStars. The GPI have decided to merge the American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards into a single event. The new ceremony, which will be held at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas, will bring celebrate all facets of the poker industry from around the world. It will be a recognition of the players, industry leaders and members of the poker media that have made their mark on the game throughout the year. The ceremony will hand out twenty awards in a variety of categories that recognize the top-tier players, live tournaments and tours, and the biggest stories in poker. “We’re thrilled to deliver streaming coverage of the first-ever Global Poker Awards show live from the PokerGO Studio,” said Sam Simmons, president of Poker Central. “We look forward to celebrating the achievements of the industry’s best and brightest while providing PokerGO subscribers a front row seat for all the festivities.” The full list of categories and their nominees will be announced at a later date. Prior to the ceremony, a nomination panel will help determine each of the finalists of each category. Then, the winners are selected by a jury consisting of members of the poker industry. “Our global initiatives behind the European Poker Awards and the American Poker Awards come together starting this year,” said Eric Danis, Global Poker Index president. “We’re excited to bring recognition to the poker world’s best players and most prominent industry contributors on an unprecedented scale.” Although categories have yet to be announced, one should expect many of the categories from past years to make a return. These include GPI Player of the Year, GPI Female Player of the Year, Breakout Player of the Year, Tournament Performance of the Year, Event of the Year, Moment of the Year, Poker Media Content of the Year, a Jury Prize, People’s Choice and a Lifetime Achievement award. Just last year, the American Poker Awards also addressed the emerging segments of poker streaming, vlogging, podcasting and poker 'influencers', all of which were awarded trophies. The PocketFives Legacy Award, an award presented to an online legend who has made outstanding contributions to the live tournament circuit, will also be returning at the Global Poker Awards. PokerStars, which has been a sponsor of the GPI’s award shows in the past, return to be the premier sponsor for the event.

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