2011 Nordic Poker Awards ResultsFebruary 22, 2011 10:42 am
The Scandanavians have long been acknowledged as some of the most aggressive and successful players in the game and the Nordic Poker Awards was established in order to honour the best of their very best players.
Yesterday, the prestigious awards ceremony was held at the Zen nightclub in Copenhagen, Denmark on the eve of the $6,800 European Poker Tour Copenhagen main event.
By the time all the results from this year’s Nordic Poker Awards had been announced, Norway had collected two of the four awards on offer with the other two going to Denmark and Finland.
Rising to the top of the category for ‘Best Live Tournament Player of the Year’ was Denmark’s Theo Jorgensen. The Team PokerStars Pro’s successes throughout last year included taking down the WPT Grand Prix de Paris Main Event for €633,902 ($848,736), as well as an impressive 30th place finish at the WSOP Main Event for $255,242. In total, Theo Jorgensen earnt a cool $1,375,854 throughout 2010 and while making his acceptance speech at the awards, Jorgensen dryly commented; “Yeah, that was a pretty good year.”
The next award was then given to the ‘Best Online Player of the Year,’ of which Norway’s Andreas “skjervoy” Torbergsen was the deserved winner. The CardRunners instructor is generally thought to be amongst the world’s finest PLO players, and few people would argue otherwise with Torbergsen having won $3.78 million playing at PokerStars in 2010.
Finally, rising to the top of the ‘Best Performance’ category was Finland’s Ilari Tahkokallio, who finished runner-up at the EPT Berlin for €600,000, while the ‘Rookie Player of the Year’ went to Norway’s Kevin “KevBoyStar” Stani.
It was Stani’s victory at the 420 player field EPT Tallinn for €400,000 ($512,800) that assured him the award with the Norweigan then going on to amass a total of $637,837 throughout the year.
Following the 2011 Nordic Poker Awards, three of the four winners were back in action the following day at the EPT Copenhagen main event. Unfortunately, Jorgensen and Tahkokallio were both eliminated on Day 1a of the competition, although Stani has since progressed through to Day 2 with a medium-stack.