The nominations for the fourth annual British Poker Awards have been unveiled by the awards presenters BLUFF Europe, as the country gears itself up to reward the British poker community for its excellence. (Below is the highlights of the 2012 event).
17 people/organizations will be recognized for their contribution to British poker – the same as last year – and to save me some wordage you can read the full list of nominations right here.
When the inaugural awards were held in 2010, a young man by the name of Sam Trickett picked up two awards, including the best new player. It’s hard to believe how quickly his life has changed, winning $20m and a record five British Poker Awards since. Trickett has a solitary nomination this year in the category of best live tournament player; but with Matt Ashton and David Vamplew also having a barnstorming year, it’s going to be difficult to see Trickett pick up award number six.
Chris Moorman is the only British player to win three consecutive awards in the same category. Moorman1 has picked up the accolade for the Best Online Tournament Player every year since its inception, and is nominated for a fourth consecutive year. Moorman needs $100k in online cashes to make him the first player in the world to exceed $10m in online tournaments.
The British Poker Awards wouldn’t be the same without a few nominations for Neil Channing and Victoria Coren. Channing picks up three nominations for best blogger, best social media user and poker personality of the year. Coren has just one nomination this year in the category of social media user. It’s been a superlative year for Sam Grafton and he makes his first appearance in the nominations in the best social media user category.
This year will see a new award in the shape of ‘Performance of the Year’ and it is chocked full of amazing British performances. There is Matt Ashton’s performance at this years WSOP that saw him leave the Summer with over $2m in his pocket, the $50k Poker Players Championship trophy and the WSOP Player of the Year lead; then there was the amazing scene on the rail as Matt Perrins took his second WSOP title of his career; and who can forget the night when Barny Boatman finally bagged himself a bracelet after so many years trying his proverbials off.
The date and venue has yet to be decided, but the voting is well and truly open. To have your say head to www.britishpokerawards.com and follow the on screen instructions.