Everyone knows ElkY is a man of personality. These days, no one questions Pius Heinz's tournament game. Now, the European Poker Awards have taken notice as well.
Tonight in Paris, the European Poker Awards held its 11th annual awards ceremony and honored two Team PokerStars Pros for their contributions to poker in 2011.
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier took home the Rob Gardner Memorial Award for the Poker Personality of 2011. Named after the longtime producer of Late Night Poker, ElkY's honor tonight marked his efforts throughout the year to make the European poker scene a more enjoyable place. Though the award didn't require any big winnings, ElkY's $2,296,620 and Triple Crown win probably didn't hurt him during the judging.
ElkY was not the only member of Team Pro to walk away with an honor tonight. Newcomer Pius Heinz accepted another big award. Awarded to the player "whose win (or even paid place) is considered to be the most prestigious," the Best Tournament Performance was likely an easy vote for the jury this year. Team PokerStars Pro Pius Heinz won $8,715,638 in the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2011 and became the first German to ever win the title.
Other 2011 European Poker Award winners included Ilari Sahamies (Online Player of the Year), Andrey Pateychuk (Rookie if the Year), Natalia Nikitina (Europe's Leading Lady), Sam Trickett (Player of the Year), Jesse May (Lifetime Achievement Award), Warren Lush (Staff Person of the Year), and WSOP Cannes (Event of the Year).
Congratulations to ElkY, Pius Heinz, and all the other winners of this year's European Poker Awards.