It is that time of the year again, when one year winds down and the poker industry looks at the accomplishments of the players of the exiting year. Though the actual awards won’t be held until January 15, 2009, the nominees have been announced for the 2008 European Poker Awards.
Last year, the big winners at the ceremony of recognition were 19-year old Annette Obrestad as Tournament Performer of the Year, Russian Alex Kravchenko as Player of the Year, and Katja Thater for Europe’s Leading Lady, and Soren Kongsgaard for Rookie of the Year. And Thomas Kremser was giving the Lifetime Achievement Award to top off the festivities.
The 2008 European Poker Awards are set to take place at the famed Aviation Club in Paris, France on the evening of January 15th, where outstanding European players and casino staff will be honored at the awards ceremony. Several players have been nominated in multiple categories, like Neil Channing, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Marty Smyth, David Benyamine, and Bertrand Grospellier. And Madeleine Harper, who won an award last year, is up for two more this year. All of the nominees are as follows: Rookie of the Year: Stephen Chidwick, Ivan Demidov, Davidi Kitai, Jeper Hougaard, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Alexander Kostritsyn, Peter Eastgate
Best Tournament Performance: Neil Channing, Bertrand Grospellier, David Benyamine, Marty Smyth, Jesper Hougaard, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Peter Eastgate Player of the Year: Bertrand Grospellier, David Benyamine, Andreas Krause, Marty Smyth, Neil Channing
Europe’s Leading Lady Sandra Naujoks, Isabelle Mercier, Kara Scott, Annette Obrestad, Svetlana Gromenkova Casino Staff Person of the Year Thomas Kremser, Sylvie Berlanger, Jonathan Raab, Simon Trumper, Madeleine Harper
Rob Gardner Award for Innovation: Rob Young, Gene Gioia, Jonathan Raab, PokerStars Team (Francine Watson, Conrad Brunner, Madeleine Harper)
The recipient of the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award has yet to be announced.
All categories have tough competition, and all players nominated in their respective categories are not only popular in Europe - as well as on a more global level - but have all had successful years that put them in contention for those awards.