Eight categories are recognized at the EPT Awards and we're going to go through each of them individually.
Player of the Year
Last year this honor was bestowed upon Max Lykov for his win in Kiev and a long list of other notable results. This year it's the flamboyantly-named Fernando Antonio Fontoura Brito running away with the POY race.
Brito has been a fixture on the EPT recently, playing every event but one this season. Brito has been piling up the POY points in the side events and has now passed the $700,000 mark in lifetime earnings. Impressive when you see his first result came in November of 2009.
It's safe to assume this isn't life-changing money for Brito. He owns factories in Angola and sprawling farms in Brazil.
As you can see from the leaderboard, it's going to take some work to overtake Brito for POY.
Best Omaha Player
Dario Alioto is leading the run for Omaha honors but the gap between him and second is a bit closer than in the POY race.
|4||Bartolome Gomila Romero
||Kevin Michel Derwael||500|
Best Mixed Game Player
The race for best mixed game player is neck and neck, with Dario Alioto just a few points back from Matt Ashton. Greg Raymer, Marcel Luske and Chris Bjorin also find themselves on the board.
Best Heads-Up Player
Diogo Veiga looks solid to win best heads-up player. Richard Gryko, Nikolay Evdakov and Annette Obrestad also have points.
|7||Pieter de Vries||500|
The award for best performance by a country looks to be calculated by dividing the total number of entrants representing that country by the number of times they cash.
The Czech Republic took this one last season.
Best Online Qualifier
An award is given for the player who is most successful at qualifying for EPT events through PokerStars.com.
Player's Choice Award
Last year Kevin MacPhee took this one. Voting will be open to EPT players via an online survey released near the end of the season.
Best Achievement Award
Another award decided by players' votes, last year's achievement award went to Allan Baekke for winning Snowfest and then barely missing the final table at the next event in San Remo.