New Categories Announced for British Poker Awards

British Poker AwardsWith under a month to go until the British Poker Awards, organisers have introduced seven new categories – three of which can be voted on by the public.

In addition to the new “public” categories of “Best Card Room Restaurant” and “Best Card Room Bar” (which we decline to give an opinion on – other than to say that the Genting Club bar in Liverpool deserves an honourable mention) readers are being asked to vote on who they believe has made the biggest contribution to growing and promoting poker in the UK.

This is a particularly tough category from which to choose one person who has contributed to the growth of both online and live poker in the UK and one that we will be sitting on the fence for! However, the nominations are:-

Gary Oakes and Kevin Proctor Genting
Kirsty Thompson UKIPT
Mike Lacey D4 Events
Rich Prew Blonde/APAT
Russel Tamplin GUKPT
Simon Tomsett Palm Beach
Simon Trumper DTD
Tony Kendall Blonde/APAT

Two of the existing categories have also been extended to allow “late registration” for a couple of worthy nominees. The Discover Poker League has been added to the choice of leagues the poker public can vote for in the category of “Best Poker League”, while the Genting Poker Series at the London Fox Club has been included in the choices from which to select the “Best UK Tournament

The other new categories have been constructed in such a way that neither Sam Trickett nor Neil Channing will win them, with the judging panel of sponsors being asked to select a “Breakthrough Player of the Year” and a selection of UK professional poker players being asked to select their “Best Card Room”, “Best Card Room Manager” and “Best Tournament Director”.

Their decisions and the results of the remaining categories at the British Poker Awards will be announced aboard the HMS President in London´s Embankment on Monday 17th September – one of the many star-studded events which form part of the London Poker Festival. You can make your vote count by visiting