EPT Copenhagen: Scandinavian Poker Awards
by Simon Young
Mats Iremark, Bjorn-Erik Glenne, Anina Gundesen, William Thorsson and Johnny Lodden
Most poker players need no excuse to party. But last night they were given a special reason with the first ever Scandinavian Poker Awards. Hosted by PokerStars, the event in a swish Copenhagen nightclub saw five players applauded for their contribution to the game.
With the alcohol flowing, the crowds cheered as each winner was presented with their trophy. The winners were:
Performance of the Year: Bjorn-Erik Glenne for his demolition of the Barcelona EPT, including polishing off Phil Ivey when heads up. Asked by awards hostess Natalie Pinkham what was more important in that Barcelona victory - the win or the money - Glenne quipped: "Well I've spent all the money, so it would have to be the win."
Best Female Player: Anina Gundesen for becoming the first woman to reach an EPT final here in Copenhagen last year.
Rookie of the Year: Mats Iremark for his stunning success in the EPT Deauville event last season. It's been a good few weeks for Mats, who was recently crowned European Rookie of the Year in France.
Best Online Player: Johnny Lodden for his fearsome and winning aggression, which he now wants to replicate in live games.
Best Live Player: William Thorsson for his outstanding run in the WSOP main event (13th place) and for his final table in the EPT Dublin in October.
After the official presentations, guests were treated to a performace from local rappers Tommy Orion who gave a rousing performance of their new song.... Johnny Lodden's Rockets. Quite a sight, I can tell you.
Here's some more pics to enjoy:
Thanks: Mats Iremark with his award
Fancy seeing you here: Tom McEvoy, left, and PokerStars' Poker Room Manager Lee Jones
Bonding with the crowd: Casino Royale's Mads Mikkelsen
....and last, and very much least....
Hard at work (honest): PokerStars blogger Simon Young and Stephen Bartley of The Gutshot