We are, admittedly, a little biased, but when the British Poker Awards announced its nominees for the year, we were not at all surprised to find a lot of familiar names on the list. Now, if you’re as big of a fan as we are of the crew under the flag of the big red spade, you’ll probably want to run off and cast your vote.
The nominees will likely be little surprise to you. The British Poker Awards put Vicky Coren among its choices for “Best Poker Blogger / Social Media.” If you follow Coren in the social media world, you know you can’t beat a woman who starts off tweets, “It’s a small hot room. He’s a policeman.” (It’s probably not as tawdry as it sounds…probably). Coren has nearly 130,000 followers on Twitter and regularly communicates with friends and fans on the social media platform.
Coren also features among the nominees for “Poker Personality of the Year,” an honor for which she’s certainly suited and has no doubt earned. With that understood, Coren is joined in the category by fellow Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, a woman who has spent the early part of her career defining personality. If you’ve been a fan for a while you’ve seen her win an EPT event, shred on guitar, and break her ankle in an odd WSOP tumbling exercise. That’s personality, folks.
Meanwhile, the British Poker Awards is looking to crown the person who has made the “Biggest contribution to growing & promoting poker.” Among the nominees is PokerStars’ Kirsty Thompson, UKIPT President and Head of Live Rooms Europe. Thompson has been instrumental in making the UKIPT what it is today and is recognized across the UK as a vital part of to the game’s growth.
While Thompson would be delighted to win, she’s watching like a nervous mother over the fate of her baby, UKIPT Nottingham, one of the UK’s premiere stops and the one of the nominees for the British Poker Awards’ “Best UK Tournament.” Earlier this year, the Nottingham stop drew a massive 1,625 players fighting for the £1,137,500 prize pool. That amazing achievement puts Nottingham in good company with the EPT’s London festival in the Best Tournament category.
To cast your vote, head on over to the British Poker Awards voting page.