European Poker Award Nominees announced

The twelfth annual European Poker Awards will be held on the 22nd January at Elysee Biarritz in Paris where a panel of poker industry experts will decided the winners from the nominees in eight categories.

One award - Player of the Year – has already gone to Marvin Rettenmaier as it is given to the player leading the European Global Poker Index (GPI) rankings at 31st December. The German could make it a triple triumph though as he’s been nominated in the Best Tournament Performance and Rob Gardner Memorial Award for the Poker Personality of the year categories. Other double nominees include Gaelle Baumann and Lucille Cailly (both Rookie of the Year and Europe’s Leading Lady), whilst Kara Scott, Gus Hansen, Neil Channing, ElkY, Tony G and Neil Channing will be trying to pip Rettenmaier to the Poker Personality of the year award.

A judging panel of eight people that includes WPT Magazine contributor Barry Carter, Jesse May and Hendon Mobster Joe Beevers will have the final say on who wins the awards, all the nominees can be viewed below.

In 2011 winners included Sam Trickett, who walked away with the prestigious player of the year award, WSOP-E Cannes was voted tournament of the year, thanks to her victory in the EFOP €5,000 WPT Diamond Championship Natalia Nikitina was crowned Europe’s leading lady and Jesse May collected the lifetime achievement award.

2012 Nominees

Rookie of the year
Gaëlle Baumann
Lucille Cailly
Aubin Cazals
Ole Schemion

Best Tournament performance
Davidi Kitai
Rocco Palumbo
Marvin Rettenmaier
Sam Trickett

Europe's Leading Lady
Gaëlle Baumann
Liv Boeree
Lucille Cailly
Elisabeth Hille

Internet Player of the year
Viktor Blom
Jens Kyllönen
Chris Moorman
Ilari Sahamies

Poker Staff Person of the year
Dave Brannan
Nicolas Fraioli
Neil Johnson
Simon Trumper

Rob Gardner Memorial Award for the Poker Personality of the year
Neil Channing
Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier
Tony Guoga
Gus Hansen
Marvin Rettenmaier
Kara Scott

Best European Event of the year
EPT Barcelona
Irish Poker Open
Prague Poker Festival
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