EPT8 Madrid: Runners and riders in the chase for EPT Awards


Like any popular event worth its salt the European Poker Tour stages its award ceremony at the end of each season, recognising the season's best performers in a typically lavish ceremony.

This year will be no different with various awards up for grabs, chief among them being EPT Player of the Year.

This top prize was thrown wide open after Copenhagen when Roberto Romanello finished second to Johnny Lodden in a DKK 7,500 side event, bringing him to within 30 points of Czech player Ondrej Vinklarek who leads the Player of the Year category.

An EPT Award winner from Season 7, Martin Jacobson

"I can only promise to try my best, and play with my heart on my sleeve for the rest of season 8," said Romanello. "I would love to win Player of the Year, and I really want to win a Shamballa Bracelet!"

Vinklarek, 28, did his cause no harm by cashing in the EPT Deauville main event.

"This has definitely been a break-out 12 months for me - both the WCOOP win and now doing so well in this season's EPT side events," said Vinklarek, speaking in France. "I do think I have a big chance now of getting EPT Player of the Year.

Elsewhere Roman Romanovsky leads the Omaha Player of the Year category while EPT Prague Champion Martin Finger leads in the Online Qualifier of the Year Award. They may be winless in terms of EPT champions but Spain lead the country category.

For all the details of the EPT Awards go to: //www.europeanpokertour.com/awards/