Sam Trickett received the Player of the Year award at European Poker Awards in Paris, France the other day. Trickett started 2011 by winning and coming second in two Aussie Millions high roller events. Then it didn't take long before he to won the prestigious Partocuhe Poker Tour main event. In other words, a fantastic year for him!
The Russian poker pro Andrew Pateychuck became 2011's rookie thanks to winning both an EPT and a WPT title in just 1,5 month. And not to forget his 5th place finish in the WSOP main event.
Even though Viktor "Isildur1" Blom ended 2011 in the best possible way and became one of the biggest winners online, it wasn't he who took home the Online Player of The Year title. Instead Ilari Sahamies, who went from big loser to big winner, took home the title. In total, Sahamies won about $2 million last year.
Everyone who received an award:
Player of the Year: Sam Trickett
Best Tournament Performance: Pius Heinz
Rookie of the Year: Andrey Pateychuk
Europe's Leading Lady: Nataly Nikitina
Staff of the Year: Warren Lush (bwin.Party)
Internet Player of the Year: Ilari Sahamies
Poker Personality of the Year: Bertrand Grospellier
Event of the Year: WSOPE Cannes
Lifetime Achievement: Jesse May