Trickett, Heinz Top European Poker Awards

Sam Trickett
Sam Trickett

Sam Trickett and Pius Heinz took home top honors last night as the European Poker Awards were handed out at the Aviation Club in Paris.

UK native and Titan Poker pro Trickett was crowned Player of the Year for 2011 on the back of three $1 million+ finishes.

Trickett scooped over a million each for a win at the Partouche Poker Tour main event, a win in the $100k High Roller at the Aussie Millions and a second in the $250k High Roller in Oz.

It took that extraordinary of a year to win the POY title as Trickett had to beat out triple crown winners Jake Cody and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier plus 2011 WSOP Main Event winner Pius Heinz.

Heinz and Grospellier didn’t leave empty-handed however.

Heinz took home Best Tournament Performance of the Year for his incredible Main Event run.

Grospellier won the award for Poker Personality of the Year.

Online high-stakes loose cannon Ilari Sahamies was also named the Internet Player of the Year by the panel of industry and media members who voted on the awards.

Nominees for the awards this year included Liv Boeree, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Chris Moorman, Eugene Katchalov, Fabrice Soulier and 2011 November Niner Sam Holden.

Complete list of award winners below:

  • Player of the Year Sam Trickett
  • Best Tournament Performance Pius Heinz
  • Rookie of the Year Andrey Pateychuk
  • Europe's Leading Lady Natalya Nikitina
  • Poker Staff Person of the Year Warren Lush (bwin.Party's PR Director)
  • Internet Player of the Year Ilari Sahamies
  • Rob Gardner Memorial Award for Poker Personality of the Year Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier
  • Best European Event of the Year WSOPE Cannes
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Jesse May
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