The winners of the Unibet-sponsored British Poker Awards were announced on the evening of Feb. 23 at the Hippodrome Casino, with a lavish ceremony attended by some of the United Kingdom's most recognizable names in poker.
Victoria Coren Mitchell, who stepped down from her position at PokerStars after the online gaming operator introduced casino games, had not one, not two, but three reasons to celebrate on Monday.
Coren Mitchell first picked up the award for Best Social Media user, and then received an award for the Best Poker Personality of the Year.
But perhaps the best award for Coren Mitchell was saved for last, when she won the Performance of the Year award, mostly thanks to her becoming the first player in history to win two European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Events. After winning the EPT London Main Event in 2006, Coren Mitchell had to wait eight years to make her way into the history books before she won the EPT Sanremo Main Event in April 2014 for €476,100.
Coren Mitchell wasn't the only poker player to win multiple awards as Simon Deadman witnessed his stellar 2014 translate into two awards. Deadman received the first award of the evening's ceremony when he was declared Breakout Player of the Year. Deadman added more hardware later in the evening when he won the award for the Best Live Tournament Player, mostly due to his $1.1 million in cashes propelled by six runner-up finishes and a win in the Hollywood Poker Open in Las Vegas.
Two awards were separately handed to Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) and its owner Rob Yong. DTD won the award for Best Live Cardroom thanks to its hosting of the partypoker WPT500, while Yong won the award for Best Contribution to Growing and Promoting Poker.
It appears that DTD and Yong could be on their way for this same award in 2015 thanks to the multi-year partnership agreement with partypoker, and the announcement of a huge 18-starting-day Grand Prix Millions event where nine of the opening days will be played online and another nine played live in the poker room.
Other awards included Toby Stone winning Best TD, Daniel Negreanu winning Best International Player, Run It Once winning Best Training Site, Jake Cody winning Best Blogger, and Red Tooth Poker winning Best Poker League.
2014 British Poker Awards Results
|Breakout Player of the Year||Simon Deadman|
|Best Social Media||Victoria Coren Mitchell|
|Best TD||Toby Stone|
|Best International Player||Daniel Negreanu|
|Best Training Site||Run It Once|
|Poker Personality of the Year||Victoria Coren Mitchell|
|Best Blogger||Jake Cody|
|Best Live Tournament Player||Simon Deadman|
|Best Online Player and Players Player||Chris Moorman|
|Best Live Cardroom||Dusk Till Dawn|
|Best Poker League||Red Tooth Poker|
|Best Contribution to Growing and Promoting Poker||Rob Yong|
|Performance of the Year||Victoria Coren Mitchell|
Congrats to all of this year's winners of the 2014 British Poker Awards.