The "Here Comes the Future" Award
The votes are in and the decision made for the 2013 Here Comes the Future Award – the winner is Italy’s Luca Moschitta!
Fueled by a wave of social media support and fan votes Moschitta narrowly edged out his girlfriend Sofia Lövgren and Finland’s Lauri Pesonen in our final vote.
At the end of the day, our Here Comes the Future Award was made to reward a young player who has definitively shown a talent and love for the game beyond just grinding out hands and no one does that better than Moschitta.
One of the youngest players to reach SuperNova Elite on PokerStars, Moschitta is famed for collecting two Porsches with just FPPs but he’s gone far past that in expanding his game to the live circuit.
Always friendly and inviting at the tables and investing countless hours sharing and promoting the game on social media, there’s no question Moschitta is on the brink of growing into one of the true leaders in the industry.
His first big live title at IPT Saint Vincent this year is just the first step on his way to superstardom.
Congratulations to Luca and look for him at our live awards ceremony at the Battle of Malta in September!
With an IPT Main Event title this year to go with his two Porsches acquired with FPPs, Moschitta is pretty much living every young player’s poker dream. The youngest ever to hit SuperNova Elite, Moschitta is still just 24 years old and finding his live game.(Photo: PokerStars blog)
Sofia "welllbet" Lövgren
At just 22 years old Lövgren has been a pro with Team PKR since she was 20 – an honor she earned by being one of the most successful, high-volume players on the site. The young Swede from Gothenburg has been grinding since she was 18 and is undeniably on the cusp of a breakout win.
Pesonen mainly plays heads-up cash games online but has become one of the hottest young tournament players in Finland. A side event win at EPT London and three more WPT/EPT cashes proved he’s on track to become another big name from the ultra-talented Finnish poker pool. (Photo: WPT)
One of the most feared high-stakes players online under the nickname “altifc,” German Altergott has just one entry in his Hendon Mob profile – a $1.7m win at the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller. It was his first live event. That’s the kind of winning percentage we can get inspired by. (Photo: Neil Stoddart, PokerStars blog)
Likable Dutchman Berende, a huge winner under the name “padjes” online, is a captivating and talented player who always keeps his cool. Final tables at WPT Baden and WPT Barcelona made the community sit up and take notice and they’re going to hear a lot more from him. (Photo: WPT)
At just 22 years old Jouhkimainen has cashes on tour since 2009 with a third at EPT Barcelona last year announcing his major tournament arrival. Six EPT cashes already make him the highest-ranking Finnish player on the Global Poker Index.
An online Triple Crown winner under the nickname Andy MCLEOD Obst has been playing poker since he was 14. Still in his early 20s, the former chess player is considered one of the best MTTers to come out of Australia and has literally shaped a generation of players for an entire continent. How many of us can say that?
Three side-event wins in five days. Eight tournament wins in two years. Back-to-back Partouche Poker Tour and Amsterdam Master Classic main event wins. That’s just a sample of the ways Ole Schemion has amazed the poker world over the last 24 months on his way to becoming an idol for the younger generation.