The British Poker Awards: Spotlight Falls on Poker’s Social Media Elite

2013logo_1608.png 26 February 2014, London, UK (Press Release) – Social interaction is a big part of poker, and The British Poker Awards ( is set to recognise this by handing out an award for Social Media User of the Year.

The awards, organised by Bluff Europe Magazine and sponsored by, pits four of poker’s most talkative individuals up against a corporate account which is anything but corporate in tone.

The @betfairpoker Twitter account has been known for its surreal social media activity, but to win the award it will have to get past players known for being active on and off the felt.

Both Sam Grafton and Sam Razavi are huge characters at the tables and the same goes for their exploits on social media, attracting thousands of followers with their witty observations on poker and life.

While Grafton and Razavi represent the new generation of UK poker, the other two nominees are both aiming to be the first two-time winner of the Social Media User of the Year award.

2011 champion and PokerStars Team Pro Victoria Coren is known for expertly interspersing comments on politics and entertainment with updates from live and online tournaments.

And the final nominee, last year’s winner Neil Channing, is known for supporting grassroots poker via his Twitter account, while engaging in debate about poker table etiquette and the industry-at-large.

The British Poker Awards will take place on March 3rd at the Hippodrome Casino, with guests treated to an exclusive cocktail party, awards ceremony and bounty poker tournament with a seat at the Hippodrome Spring Classic at stake.

A number of top pros have confirmed there attendance, and poker enthusiasts wishing to join them for the biggest night on the UK poker calendar can buy tickets from the Hippodrome website.

About The 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 including Pokernews, PokerStrategy and 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.


PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving a global poker community of more than 61 million registered members. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of the world’s top players, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best security online. More than 110 billion hands have been dealt on, which is more than any other site. and operate globally under licenses from the Isle of Man and Malta governments, respectively. PokerStars also holds separate government licenses in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Italy, Spain and Germany.

PokerStars is a member of The Rational Group, which operates gaming-related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and the European Poker Tour. Rational Group entities in the UK and Isle of Man were collectively recognised as one of the UK’s best workplaces when they were awarded a top 25 position by the Great Place to Work Institute in its UK’s Best Workplaces – Large category in both 2012 and 2013.

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