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Nominees Announced for 15th Annual GPI European Poker Awards

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  • The finalists for the European Poker Awards have been announced. Check them out here.

Ballots from 62 media members have been collected, and the finalists are now official for the 15th edition of the Global Poker Index European Poker Awards.

The awards ceremony, which takes place May 3 at Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort during European Poker Tour Grand Final, will see nine winners named after a jury of experts decides between a handful of finalists in each category.

Two award winners have already been determined based on accumulation of GPI points in 2015. GPI Player of the Year will go to German star Fedor Holz after he edged out Dzmitry Urbanovich, who garnered a couple of nominations of his own. English PokerStars Team Pro Liv Boeree will be taking home GPI Female Player of the Year.

Additionally, PokerNews.nl's Frank Op de Woerd and contributor Remko Rinkema each garnered nominations, the latter in a pair of categories. An article celebrating the life of Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott by Jesse May and Mickey May that also appeared on PokerNews was also nominated.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR

  • Frank Op de Woerd
  • Lee Davy
  • Neil Stoddart
  • Remko Rinkema

INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR

  • Edgar Stuchly
  • Hermance Blum
  • Luca Vivaldi
  • Rob Yong
  • Thomas Lamatsch

BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Charlie Carrel
  • Dzmitry Urbanovich
  • Fedor Holz
  • Rainer Kempe

TOURNAMENT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

  • Adrian Mateos Wins the 2015 EPT Grand Final Main Event
  • Barny Boatman wins second career WSOP bracelet at WSOP Europe
  • Fedor Holz Wins WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas
  • Mustapha Kanit wins EPT Barcelona 10K High Roller

EVENT OF THE YEAR (BUYIN UP TO €2,000)

  • Estrellas Poker Tour Barcelona
  • Norwegian Championships Norway Cup
  • PokerListings Battle of Malta
  • WPT500 at Dusk Till Dawn

EVENT OF THE YEAR (BUY-IN OVER €2,000)

  • EPT Barcelona Main Event
  • EPT Grand Final Main Event
  • EPT Prague Main Event
  • WSOP Europe Main Event

POKER INNOVATION OR INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

  • Norwegian Championship broadcast (sports style)
  • PokerStars Play Along App – Interactive Poker on TV
  • PokerStars using superstars (athletes) for global campaign
  • WSOP Europe remote Twitch broadcasts

MOMENT OF THE YEAR

  • Dzmitry Urbanovich wins Crazy Pineapple tourney at EPT Malta – 4th win of series
  • Epic hand between Mateos and Lodden at EPT Grand Final
  • John Gale returns from three years off (because of brain tumor) to win WSOP bracelet #2
  • Pierre Neuville qualifies for the WSOP November Nine – after declaring he wasn’t done

POKER MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR

  • "The Future of Poker in the Post-Boom Era" — Sam Grafton blog
  • "The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of Defeat" — Neil Stoddart’s picture captures Montury consoling Messina at EPT Malta
  • "Devilfish: A Friend with a Heart of Gold" — PokerNews article by Jesse May and Mickey May
  • Remko Report, PokerNews Podcast, August 2015 — Eli Elezra talks time in Israli Army and high stakes with legends

You can read about the criteria for the awards and more at the official website.

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