Presented by Bluff Europe and sponsored by PokerStars.com, the evening consisted of a welcome cocktail reception, seductive dancing of scantily clad ladies, live music, Michael Caselli emcee-ing, champagne, awards, more champagne and a poker tourney.
The event went off as a success with a packed house and a number of poker celebrities in attendance such as Liv Boree, Sam Trickett, Neil Channing, Barny Boatman, Sam Grafton, Victoria Coren and several other poker legends, proof that the Awards have become a staple in the British poker pro circuit.
It truly is amazing that such a small part of the world can produce so much success in a global sport such as poker and celebrating this success was in full force throughout the evening.
Some insider highlights from the night include when Sam Trickett accidentally spilled the beans on stage about his “Best Live Tournament Player” award before it was announced, when Tony Kendall missed the initial announcement of his award because he was outside listening to Neil Channing tell a long story and when Liv Boree said she was going to keep Daniel Negreanu’s award for “Best International Player” after she accepted it on his behalf.
Looking back on the night, everyone had a great time and congratulations to all the very well deserving award recipients.
Best Live Tournament Player: Sam Trickett
Best Online Tournament Player: Chris “Moorman1” Moorman
Best Online Cash Player: Alexander “Kanu7” Millar
Performance of the Year: Barny Boatman
Best UK Tournament: EPT London
Poker Personality of the Year: Sam Grafton
Best Contribution to Growing/Promoting Poker: Tony Kendall
Pros’ Choice: Best Tournament Director: Toby Stone
Pros’ Choice: Best Live Cash Player: Sam Trickett
Lifetime Achievement: Barney Boatman
Best International Player: Daniel Negreanu
Best Blogger: Neil Channing
Best Social Media User: Victoria Coren
Best Poker League: Redtooth Poker
Best Live Card Room: Dusk Till Dawn
Best Poker Software: PokerTracker
Best Poker Training Site: Run It Once
Player of the Year: Alexander Millar