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PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Awards announced

16 Feb 2010

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Awards are making a welcome return for Season 6 with a special ceremony taking place on the very last night of the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. The Awards, which take place on April 30, will mark an exciting end to what has already proved to be a spectacularly successful season. The Season 6 Awards differ substantially to the first EPT Awards with five out of the seven awards bestowed according to points earned throughout the season - including all the season's $1,000+ side events as well as the 13 main events.

The Awards are:

• EPT Country of the Year
• EPT Online Qualifier of the Year
• EPT Omaha Player of the Year
• EPT Mixed Game Player of the Year
• EPT Player of the Year
• EPT Achievement of the Year (voted for by EPT players)
• EPT People's Choice Award (voted for by EPT players)

For all the points-based Awards, players can keep themselves in the running right up to the very end of the EPT Grand Final. So far, it's a tight race in all the award categories.

The Player of the Year award will go to the competitor who has amassed the most points across all eligible EPT Season 6 events. In theory, this could be someone who hasn't even won a Main Event but has enjoyed so many cashes, or final tables, or success in the myriad side events that their total number of points trumps all others.

The EPT Mixed Game Award will go to the player who has amassed the highest point total in all of the qualifying Mixed Events, such as the Deuce to Seven, Badugi, Triple Stud or 8-Game events.

Omaha Player of the Year will be the player who has accrued the most points in that one discipline.

The Qualifier of the Year award is not simply for the many players who win multiple EPT main event seats online but for those who – having won a seat – go on to make good use of it.

The Country of the Year award is based on the highest points average for players from a particular country – with only countries having ten or more cashes eligible. All points won by players from that country will be totalled and then divided by the number of players who cash. Martin Kabrhel's domination of this season's side events, coupled with Jan Skampa's superb performance in winning EPT Prague could easily swing it for the Czech Republic.

The final two awards will be subject to public vote. Shortlists for the EPT Achievement award and the EPT People's Choice award will be announced at the end of EPT San Remo on April 21. All Season 6 EPT main event players will be invited to vote online during the following week. The EPT Awards will be officially announced by EPT presenter Michelle Orpe during next Monday's Nordic Poker Awards (February 15) on the eve of EPT Copenhagen.

EPT founder and CEO John Duthie said: "We had an EPT Awards a few years back but it was far more subjective and I think the system that's now been set up is going to prove extremely fair – and create some really interesting results. I particularly like the fact that player performance in side events is now being recognised. Side events are becoming an increasingly important feature at EPTs and offer a great range of alternatives to players – both in terms of the poker variations offered and in the wide range of buy-ins. The points are pretty close at present - and we could end up with a nail-biting finish for many of the awards."

 
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