September 17, 2010 (CAP PR Wire) — The poker glitterati gathered at London’s Kensington Close Hotel on Monday night in order to honour the UK’s wealth of poker talent. Big name pros, card room managers and online operators flocked to poker’s very own “BAFTA’s” in order to celebrate a year when British players have dominated the poker tournament circuit at home and abroad.

There to collect their awards were:
Neil Channing: Best Cash Game Player
James Akenhead: Best Tournament Player
Sam Trickett: Player’s Choice; Best Newcomer
Victoria Coren: Best Contribution to Poker
Richard Ashby:  Player’s Choice; Best All Round Player

Other notable winners included;
Praz Bansi: Editor’s Choice; Player of the Year
The Nuts Poker League: Best Poker League
Phil Ivey: Best International Player
Chris Moorman: Best Online Player
The Hendon Mob: Best Poker Forum

“I think the awards are a great thing,” said the award-winning James Akenhead. “It’s a great night and a really good thing for poker.”

“I’ve been grinding in the Vic for years, along with my fellow nominees like Bambos Xanthos and Ben Roberts – they’re real cash grinders, and to be voted above those guys – it’s a real honour,” said Black Belt Poker’s Neil Channing.

Bluff Europe’s Michael Caselli, who hosted the awards along with Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari, said, “The event has been fantastic and I hope it’s the first of many to come. More than 3,000 people voted online for their favourite players, which is a fantastic response. Big thanks to Antonio, my co-host, and to our media partners Poker Europa and PokerNews.com for helping us to organise the event.”   

The British Poker Awards are the official awards event for the London Poker Festival and individually honour the Best of British Poker. The event not only supports British Poker but also allows Poker enthusiasts to get involved either by voting for their favorite players or by attending the actual awards event.

The British Poker awards also hosted a Pro/AM tournament following the cocktail party and ceremony.

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About The British Poker Awards
The British Poker Awards are the official awards event for the London Poker Festival and individually honour the Best of British Poker. The London Poker Festival is a 100+ poker event festival taking place from the 29th of August until the 30th of September, and runs along side some of the biggest tournaments on the continent: The World Poker Tour London (WPT), The English Poker Open (EPO), and the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE). In total, those tournaments alone bring a prize pool of over £9 million to the capital. The London Poker Festival also offers an additional 30 cash and small buy-in tournaments throughout a dozen participating London card rooms, and raises the total estimated prize pool to over £10 million.
www.thebritishpokerawards.com
www.britishpokerfestival.com


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