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  1. Two days ago German poker fans were left disappointed when none of their three countrymen who made the final table of the opening event of WSOP Europe in Berlin were able to walk away with the bracelet. So when only two German players made the final table of the €550 Oktoberfest No Limit Hold'em event, they probably didn't have high expectations. Dietrich Fast didn't want to disappoint anybody though, including himself. Fast beat a final table that included PocketFivers Steve ' mrtimcaum' O'Dwyer, Harry Lodge and Rodrigo 'ZidAAne' Caprioli as well as former WPT winner and two-time WSOP bracelet winner John Gale to win €157,749 ($179,166 US) and the first bracelet of his career. Fast was easily the busiest player at the final table and was responsible for eliminating four players on Monday, including the final three. His toughest opponent turned out to be Gale. The 61 year old, who won his second career WSOP bracelet this past summer, started the day with the chip lead and even held a sizable lead during heads-up play but was unable to overcome the young German. The pivotal hand came 90 minutes before Fast finally finished Gale off. With Gale holding a 2-1 chip lead, he limped from the button and Fast checked his option. The flop came 4h 4s 2s and both players checked. The turn was the As and both players checked again. The river was the 3d and Fast bet 180,000 before Gale raised to 430,000. Fast responded by moving all-in and after giving it some thought, Gale called and tabled 7 5 for a rivered straight but Fast showed Ah 4c for a turned full house. The hand gave Fast the chip lead for the final time. Fast also eliminated Caprioli in third, Vojtech Cervinka in fourth and Sandro Wuest in seventh but he did leave some of the heavy lifting for his opponents. Lodge, who came into the final table with a middle-of-the-pack stack, was the first player eliminated. Lodge moved all-in from UTG with Ad Qc and was called by O'Dwyer's Ac Kc. The flop brought a queen for Lodge but also came with a king to put O'Dwyer ahead. The turn and the river were blanks and Lodge was out in ninth place. Joern Winter, the only other German player at the final table, probably set up the German rail for disappointment when he went out in eighth, also thanks to O'Dwyer. He was quickly followed by Wuest in seventh and Adrian Apmann in sixth. Caprioli then eliminated O'Dwyer in fourth before Fast went to work on wrapping up the tournament. The Oktoberfest event, the lowest buy-in event in WSOP Europe history, attracted a field of 2,144 entrants putting the prizepool at €1,039,000. The next bracelet up for grabs is the €3,250 Eight-Max Pot Limit Omaha event. The final table, which includes Roberto Romanello, Mike Leah, Ismael Bojang and Max Pescatori, gets underway Tuesday at 6 am ET. Final Table Payouts Dietrich Fast - €157,749 John Gale - €97,804 Rodrigo Caprioli - €73,699 Vojtech Cervinka - €56,278 Steve O'Dwyer - €43,409 Adrian Apmann - €33,808 Sandro Wuest - €26,587 Joern Winter - €21,115 Harry Lodge - €16,935
  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."

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