British Poker Awards Adds New Award

logo-160.png16th August 2012 (London, UK)- As well as being able to vote online for your favourite players and poker personalities in categories such as “Best Tournament Player”, “Best Cash Player” and “Best Online Player”, organisers of the British Poker Awards have announced a special new category designed to honour those tirelessly promoting poker behind the scenes.

Nominees for the “Biggest Contribution to growing and promoting poker” award are now open to the public vote at, and include organisers and promoters all of whom have made a valuable contribution to the vibrant health of the UK poker scene. Nominees are Gary Oakes / Kevin Proctor, creators of the Genting Poker Series; Kirsty Thompson, the woman behind the UKIPT; Mike Lacey, of D4 Events, creator of the European Deepstack Events; Rich Prew, of BlondePoker, APAT, and the Sky Poker Tour; Russell Tamplin of the GUKPT; Simon Tomsett of Palm Beach Big Game; Tony Kendall, of Sky Poker, BlondePoker and APAT; and SimonTrumper, at Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham.

Organiser Michael Caselli said, “It’s great to be able to honour not just the starts of the game, but also who work so hard within this industry to promote and grow the game. It’s because of them that UK poker is in such robust health at the moment.”

The ceremony itself will be held on 17th September 2012 on board the HMS President, moored on the Victoria Embankment on the Thames. Tickets are available at for £20.


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About British Poker Awards (
The British Poker Awards and the Irish Poker Awards are separate annual events created in order to honour the best poker players, leagues, clubs and tournaments in the UK and Ireland. Organised by Bluff Europe, in association with several other media outlets to ensure impartiality, nominees are chosen by a committee of journalists, before being put to public online vote. Players and industry figures are then invited to attend an awards presentation ceremony.

About London Poker Festival (
The London Poker Festival is one of the world’s largest schedules of poker and poker-related events. Throughout the entire month of September, poker enthusiasts from around the world can partake in almost 80 listed poker festival-calendared events, play at multiple festival venues around London, attend poker seminars, hosted parties, and special events. This September, watch the London poker scene come alive as the city plays host to the EPO, The Unibet Open, the GUKPT and the British Poker Awards and much, much more. For a full calendar of festival events visit