March 21, 2016
The nomination course of action for the 15th Global Poker Index European Poker Tour Awards has started and panellist Lee Davy shares his insights on who he thinks the front-runners will be.
I am at the time once again honoured to be requested to be part of the Nomination Panel for the World-wide Poker Index (GPI) European Poker Awards. The ceremony usually takes spot on Tuesday, May 3rd at the Monte Carlo Bay Resort & Resort, coinciding with the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Ultimate.
The e-mail I obtained from GPI HQ reliably informs me that I will be a single of fifty+ panellists who will be allowed to solid two votes in 9 types – a single extra than 2014.
The votes will be tallied up with the major 4 in just about every team forming a shortlist. A last jury of masked adult men and females will pick the winners on the early morning of the party.
Poker Minute of the Calendar year is the newest category. In this article are the other eight.
- Breakout Efficiency of the Calendar year
- Media Particular person of the Calendar year
- Function of the Calendar year, get-in underneath €2,000
- Function of the Calendar year, get-in over €2,000
- Event Efficiency of the Calendar year
- Media Information of the Calendar year
- Sector Particular person of the Calendar year
- Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Calendar year
My Mind’s Absent Blank And I’m Dying For a…
A combination of my stay tournament exile and age signifies I found it difficult to solid my brain back again through 2015 and drag in a gem or two. There had been some awards I didn’t vote on mainly because I didn’t really feel skilled or knowledgeable adequate – examples: The Greatest Event of the Calendar year types, but I did have an feeling of many others.
Breakout Participant of the Calendar year
It’s likely to be a straight coin toss among Fedor Holz and Dzmitry Urbanovich. Both players arrived into 2015 with a modicum of accomplishment and emerged the other end successful gazillion dollars, boosting the bar better than ever, and making an included fizz in the better echelons of our activity.
I voted for both, but Holz is the gentleman for me.
Fedor Holz Stay Event Dollars History
He arrived close to producing the last desk of the EPT11 Key Function in Malta ending ninth for €60,290.
Two sterling performances in the EPT11 Grand Ultimate €50k & €100k Higher Rollers in Monte Carlo with in excess of €700,000 accrued and two last desk appearances from some of the finest players in the environment in the bag.
He pulled off two excellent performances at the Earth Collection of Poker (WSOP) ending 3rd in the $10k No-Restrict Hold’em (NLHE) Six-Max, and 25th in the Key Function, for a combined whole of in excess of fifty percent a million dollars.
A further Higher Roller last desk performance adopted in the Earth Collection of Poker Europe (WSOPE) €25k get-in in Berlin in which he completed sixth for close to €100,000. The exact happened in the HK$250k Higher Roller in Macau ending seventh for $114,691.
Last but not least, all the panhandling paid dividends when he struck gold at the WPT Alpha8 in Las Vegas successful the major prize of $one.5m. 2016 outcomes should not impact our selection, but I just can’t dismiss the actuality that he then went on to win a further more $3.4m in the WPT Super Higher Roller in the Philippines just a couple weeks later on.
The difference among Holz and Urbanovich is the German is now taking part in in THE most important games in the environment. I think that’s an unbelievable ascent for a person so young. He also just about cried when drafted into the World-wide Poker League (GPL) courtesy of Maria Ho, exhibiting how significantly this activity signifies to the lad.
Media Particular person of the Calendar year
I built the shortlist for this award in 2013 & 2014 (it was called some thing unique in 2014 I imagine). I misplaced out to Neil Johnson in 2013, and Marc Express in 2014.
Both Johnson and Express appreciate their position and appreciate the activity of poker. And I would vote for Remko Rinkema and Robbie Strazynski for the exact good reasons. They have extra enthusiasm than lamb on crack, and it exhibits in their perform. A further vital aspect to contemplate is how versatile they both are. Both of them publish, perform audio interviews, and are not fearful to get in front of the digital camera.
Strazynski is the breakout star.
Rinkema is the tried out and analyzed formulation.
I think Strazynski will skip out with seniority taking part in a portion, but he will decide on this title up a single yr, of that, I have no question.
Greatest Event Efficiency of the Calendar year
I fell in appreciate with the story of the Norwegian Championships returning to house soil for the first time. We have individuals blowing on their own up, billions of individuals without the need of clear drinking water, and an ecosystem that’s about as fragile as a doily and yet we still have far too many places in the environment in which a human becoming just can’t pick to play a activity of cards for money.
one,974 players entered, and the actuality that the nations primary money earner took it down in Felix Stephensen was an vital statement. Only Annette Obrestad, Thor Hansesn or Johnny Lodden could have been extra worthy winners.
Poker Media Information of the Calendar year
I am biased, but I appreciate this category. There is some thing gorgeous about the artwork inside of poker no matter whether it be in the written kind, audio or visible. The issue with it is a single of memory.
I have interviewed so many individuals in 2015. I just can’t remember them, so how will any person else? Who sees what the photographer sees? So many breathtaking and emotionally charged shots are gathering dust on someplace on Flickr.
In the end, I went with innovation.
When Poker Update designed: “The Most Memorable Televised Poker Hand,” I remember contemplating, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
There was nothing at all like it. It combined higher-octane poker with the gamification factor that anyone loves. It was bold, brash and ballsy and for that, they get my vote.