Wahlbeck Doubles at Nordic Awards

Ville Wahlbeck
'It's all a bit overwhelming actually.'

Finnish player Ville Wahlbeck cleaned up at the PokerStars Nordic Poker Awards in Copenhagen Monday, winning both the Best Live Tournament Player of the Year and Best Performance of the Year awards.

"It's all a bit overwhelming actually," said the 34-year-old Wahlbeck, who finished among the top 13 players in six events at the 2009 World Series of Poker, including winning the $10k World Championship Mixed Event.

"Doing so well in the summer was incredible and getting these awards tonight is a real bonus."

The PokerStars Nordic Poker Awards celebrates the achievements of players from Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Poker fans from the region vote online for their favorite players in four categories and a jury of journalists and poker industry insiders pick the overall winners from a shortlist.

In addition to Wahlbeck's two awards, fellow Finn Patrik Antonius was awarded Best Online Player of the Year. Antonius was the biggest winner on the high-stakes tables online in 2009, earning better than $8.9 million.

Following wins in the High Roller event at the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and the Master Classics of Poker in Amsterdam, Swede Kristoffer "Sumpas" Thorsson took home the Rookie of the Year title to round out the awards.

The awards ceremony was hosted by EPT presenter Michelle Orpe at the Park nightclub last night with 2010 EPT Copenhagen set to begin at Casino Copenhagen today.

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