The second day of Poker in the Park 2011 is just winding down, perfect weather yet again, just like it was for day one and for all the previous Poker in the Parks for the last five years!
The festival kicked off in Hanover Square at noon and a steady flow of attendees came in and out until 9:30pm to enjoy the activities, entertainment and drinks.
At 3pm the British Poker Awards took the PokerStars stage and even though 99% of the pros that won awards were not in attendance, I’m sure they are happy and proud. Below is a list of the winners and you can catch a glimpse into the ceremony at the CalvinAyre.com picture gallery and when the highlights video comes out:
BEST INTERNATIONAL PLAYER: Jason Mercier
BEST TOURNAMENT PLAYER: Jake Cody
BEST CASH PLAYER: Sam Trickett
BEST MIXED GAME PLAYER: Richard Ashby
BEST POT LIMIT OMAHA (PLO) PLAYER: J P Kelly
BEST ONLINE PLAYER: Chris Moorman
BEST POKER FORUM: TwoPlusTwo.com
BEST BLOGGER: Neil Channing’s Blackbelt Poker Blog
BEST SOCIAL MEDIA USER: Vicky Coren
BEST POKER LEAGUE: Champions Poker League
POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Kara Scott Neil
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO POKER: John Duthie
BEST BREAKOUT PLAYER: Matt Perrins
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Roy Houghton
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jake Cody
In other exciting announcements, Poker Pro Roland De Wolf is now the proud owner of a Barcelona football jersey signed by the entire team, including Messi himself, all for the bargain price of £2,000 and donated to charity Peace and Sport. Also in the name of charity, Andy Jones now owns England and South Africa International Rugby jerseys, both signed by the teams who are now on their way to New Zealand for the World Cup.
Other highlights from the day included a “Card Ninja” who popped balloons with flying cards, Roland De Wolf and Sam Trickett’s popular Q & A sessions at the Lecture tent, the gorgeous Tatjana Pasalic who rocked the CalvinAyre.com mic, valuable chess tips from Simon Williams and an even bigger hot dog stand than yesterday.
For those who want even more, the Poker in the Park after party is taking place from 9pm-4am at The Loose Cannon, 13-16 Allhallows Lane, EC4R 3UL. Enjoy £80 NLH Freezeouts from 10pm, sit & go’s and side games all night long and drinks for everyone!
Check out the Poker in the Park pictures here!