Luske handed European accolade ahead of strong opposition

 

 

The Flying Dutchman Marcel Luske has been named ‘Player of the Year’ at the European Poker Awards in Helsinki, Finland. Luske, with a victory in Barcelona amongst six final table appearances in Europe, saw off strong opposition from Willie Tan, Ram Vaswani, Dave Colclough and Lucy Rokach to take the accolade.

 

Finland’s Jani Sointula was handed the title of ‘Rookie of the Year’ thanks to his victory in the Monte Carlo Millions.

 

Swede Martin De Knijff received the award for ‘Best Tournament Performance’, having won a cool $2.7m in the $25,000 Bellagio WPT event.

 

Estonian Andres Burget won the ‘Casino Staff Person’ award for his development of poker in the Baltic States.

 

This was the fourth year of the European pengeluaran hk Awards where Oscar style nominations are supplied by a 20-person panel whose identities are withheld. Sadly there are also no apparent guidelines for nominations and/or the final votes, which is a secret ballot by a named panel.

 

Clearly, for example, Luske’s American exploits (runner-up in 7-card-stud and 10th in the WSOP main event) must have scored heavily as his domestic results were not up to the standard of his rivals. Similarly …

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