2 days ago, PokerStars held the Nordic Poker Awards at Park nightclub in Copenhagen to honor the top players of the year from Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. These were the categories and the nominees this year.
Best Live Tournament Player: Peter Eastgate (Denmark), Ville Wahlbeck (Finland), Dag Martin Mikkelsen (Norway), Kristoffer "Sumpas" Thorsson (Sweden).
Rookie of the Year: Mickey "Mement_Mori" Petersen (Denmark), Jens Kyllönen (Finland), Martin Gedvangen (Norway), Kristoffer "Sumpas" Thorsson (Sweden).
Best Online Player: Jesper "Kipster" Hougaard, Patrik Antonius (Finland), Spephan "stephank" Kjerstad (Norway), Krisoffer "Sumpas" Thorsson.
Best Performance: Peter Eastgate (Denmark), Ville Wahlbeck (Finland), Dag Martin Mikkelsen (Norway), Erik Sagström (Sweden).
Thanks to 2 players, Finland dominated the PokerStars Nordic Poker Awards this year. In fact, 3 out of 4 awards went to Finland! Patrik Antonius got the Best Online Player award thanks to the $9 million dollars he won online last year. His fellow countrymen, Ville Wahlbeck was, however, the big winner of the evening as he won 2 awards - Best Live Tournament Player and Best Performance. Ville had a fantastic 2009 with great results in the WSOP. He ended up among the best 13 players in 6 events!
The Swede Kristoffer ‘Sumpas' Thorsson took down both the WCOOP highroller event and the Master Classics of Poker in Amsterdam last year. Therefore he received a well deserved Rookie of the Year award.
Interview with Ville Wahlbeck.