With Season 10 of the European Poker Tour well underway in Barcelona, the highest achievers in Season 9 were honoured at a stupendous PokerStars party.
Barcelona´s popular Opium Club was the setting for the PokerStars/EPT Welcome Party, and it provided a fantastic opportunity to reward the players who were the most successful throughout Season 9 of the European Tour.
Awards were made in seven different categories based on players´ (and countries) finishing positions in recognised EPT Side and Main Events (i.e. not qualifiers or invitational/ladies-only events), and although many of the categories were wrapped early in the Season, some went right down to the wire.
EPT Player of the Year
Slovakia´s Jan Bendik had his name on the EPT Player of the Year award well before the EPT Grand Final in Monaco earlier this year after three EPT Main Event cashes, three side event wins and a further six side event cashes. Then he rubbed salt into the wounds of the chasing pack by winning the Monaco €1,000 Turbo event and final tabling the €2,000 NL Hold´em tournament to run away with the title.
Online Qualifier of the Year
The award for Online Qualifier of the Year was judged on how players had performed at live EPT Events, rather than the number of times they won seats through qualifiers. Lithuania´s Anaras Alekberovas was therefore the winner after having cashed in Main Events in Barcelona (4th), Deauville (37th) and Berlin (32nd) for a combined total of €339,000 (and a few air miles as well!).
Other Season 9 Award Winners
The five other awards went to:-
- Miltiadis Kyriakides from Greece for EPT9 Omaha Player of the Year thanks to PLO wins in both Barcelona and London
- Ankush Mandavia from the United States for EPT9 Heads-Up Player of the Year due to taking heads-up titles in Berlin and Prague
- Marcel Luske from The Netherlands for his 7 Card Stud win in Berlin and Mixed Games successes at the PCA which enabled him to scoop EPT9 Mixed Games Player of the Year
- Vladimir Troyanovskiy from Russia, who won EPT9 Hi Roller of the Year after winning in Deauville and final tabling in Monte Carlo, and finally … …
- Norway won the title of Best EPT Country in Season 9
€50,000 in Prizes for Season 10
The awards ceremony coincided with the announcement of the prizes available for Season 10´s Player of the Year – which has just started in Barcelona – and which will this year be run in conjunction with the Global Poker Index. The winner of this season’s award will win €50,000 in Main Event buy-ins to be used in any live PokerStars or Full Tilt sponsored event, plus the prestigious trophy.
In addition to being awarded points in recognised EPT Events, players will also be able to gain points in any PokerStars or Full Tilt sponsored live poker series which coincide with an EPT Tour stop – for example, the Estrellas Tour, the Eureka Tour, the Italian Poker Tour and the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT).
Announcing the prizes for EPT Season 10, Edgar Stuchly – President of the European Poker Tour – said,
It is only fitting that the world’s biggest and richest poker tour – the European Poker Tour – hosts the world’s most prestigious player award for the best player of the season. The European Poker Tour features some of the biggest poker tournaments in the world, with the best players in the world, and this prestigious award is matched by a valuable prize