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EPT Season 9 Player of the Year Awards

The PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Season 9 Awards saw honours in nine categories, decided following the season’s PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final. Congratulations go to Jan Bendik from Slovakia, who was crowned Season 9 Player of the Year. For full details of all winners see below.

EPT 9 Award Winners

Player of the Year: Jan Bendik, Slovakia
Online Qualifier of the Year: Anaras Alekberovas, Lithuania
Omaha Player of the Year: Miltiadis Kyriakides, Greece
Best Country: Norway
Heads-Up Player of the Year: Ankush Mandavia, USA
Mixed Games Player of the Year: Marcel Luske, Netherlands
High Roller of the Year: Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Russia

EPT 9 PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jan Bendik wins EPT season 9 Player of the Year: Slovak player Jan Bendik won the EPT Season 9 Player of the Year Award after dominating the race since EPT Prague in December. Like Season 8’s Player of the Year Ondrej Vinklarek - from neighbouring Czech Republic - Bendik amassed his points via great performances in side events. He won three €1,000 buy-in side events and enjoyed deep runs in a further six. His biggest cash, netting him €61,560 and 600 Award points, was winning the €1k NL event in Deauville, however what cemented his lead – and meant that even EPT Grand Final Main Event winner Steve O’Dwyer couldn’t catch him - was taking down the €1k NL Turbo tourney in Monaco.

Rank Player Pts Country
1 Jan Bendik 3,605 Slovakia
2 Steve O'Dwyer 2,650 USA
3 Robert Haigh 2,440 Germany
4 Konstantin Puchkov 2,150 Russia
5 Johnny Lodden 1,950 Norway
6 Marc-Andre Ladouceur 1,870 Canada
7 Ramzi Jelassi 1,850 Sweden
8 Matthias De Meulder 1,790 Belgium
9 Scott Seiver 1,760 USA
10 Christopher Frank 1,680 Germany

 

EPT 9 BEST ONLINE QUALIFIER

Online Qualifier of the Year: Anaras Alekberovas, Lithuania 1,540 points.

Online pro Alekberovas, 21, took the lead in the Qualifier of the Year race at the very first event of the season, finishing fourth at EPT Barcelona for €301,750 and 840 Award points. After that great start, he won seats to a further four EPTs, and cashed in two of them.

Rank Players Total Live Online
1 Anaras Alekberovas 1,540 1,040 500
2 Dimitar Danchev 1,500 1,100 400
3 Sotirios G. Koutoupas 1,250 950 300
3 Jason Lavallee 1,150 850 300
5 Steve O'Dwyer 1,100 1,000 100
6 Mikołaj Zawadzki 1,024 424 600
6 Yann Dion 1,000 500 500
6 Christopher Frank 1,000 700 300
9 Antonín Duda 1,000 600 400
10 David Vamplew 1,000 300 700

 

EPT 9 OMAHA PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Omaha Player of the Year: Miltiadis Kyriakides, Greece 1,160 points

Greek player Miltiadis Kyriakides, 31, from Greece dominated the PLO events during Season 9. He won PLO tourneys at EPT Barcelona and EPT London, and made two other final tables at Prague and the Grand Final.

Rank Player Pts Country
1 Miltiadis Kyriakides 1,160 Greece
2 Mikko Turtiainen 720 Finland
3 Rumen Nanev 720 Bulgaria
4 Michel Leibgorin 700 France
5 Marcel Luske 660 Netherlands
6 Sergey Selin 625 Russia
7 Paulo Ribeiro 600 Brazil
7 Artem Litvinov 540 Russia
7 Uladzimir Zakharau 525 Belarus
10 Dario Alioto 520 Italy

 

EPT 9 BEST COUNTRY

Best Country: Norway - 25% cash/entry ratio

Norway enjoyed a late charge in the race for Country of the Year toppling current titleholder Lebanon during EPT Berlin, and then soaring ahead at the Grand Final. There were 104 Norwegian entries in to EPT 9 Main Events and they had 26 cashes, making for a 25% cash rate.

Rank Countries Entrants Cashes Percentage
1 Norway 26 104 25.00%
2 Spain 41 201 20.40%
3 Finland 21 104 20.19%
4 Lebanon 21 112 18.75%
5 Germany 127 731 17.37%
6 Sweden 34 200 17.00%
7 Romania 23 138 16.67%
8 Canada 56 350 16.00%
9 Netherlands 31 196 15.82%
10 Poland 18 123 14.63%

*minimum Main Events cashes required is 16.

EPT 9 HEADS-UP PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Heads-Up Player of the Year: Ankush Mandavia, USA – 570 points

Winning the EPT Prague Heads-Up tourney brought Mandavia into contention for the Heads-Up Player of the Year Award, and winning the EPT Berlin heads-up tourney (after cutting a deal with runner-up Kilian Kramer) did the rest.

Rank Player Pts Country
1 Ankush Mandavia 570 USA
2 Kilian Kramer 485 Germany
3 Jorma Nuutinen 400 Finland
3 Martin Finger 360 Germany
3 Terje Augdal 300 Norway
6 Roger Hairabedian 300 France
6 Kent Lundmark 290 Sweden
8 Rene Hochmuth 290 Germany
9 Hagop Ketendjian 285 Canada
9 Joseph Stiers 285 Canada

 

EPT 9 MIXED GAMES PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Mixed Games Player of the Year: Marcel Luske, Netherlands – 700 points

Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske crowned a fantastic Season 9 by taking down two side events at the EPT Grand Final but it wasn’t these wins that secured his Mixed Games victory over Award runner-up and fellow Team Pro Chris Moneymake. Luske is our Mixed Games Player of the Year thanks to winning both the $1k 8-Game and the $1k H.O.R.S.E at the PCA.

Rank Players Total Country
1 Marcel Luske 700 Netherlands
2 Chris Moneymaker 580 USA
3 Naoya Kihara 360 Japan
4 Andrei Nikonov 300 Russia
5 Thomas Butzhammer 300 Germany
6 Matthias De Meulder 270 Belgium
7 Jan-Erik Sorensen 270 Norway
7 Dario Alioto 270 Italy
7 Allen Kessler 260 USA
10 Michael Forster 240 Germany

 

EPT 9 HIGH-ROLLER PLAYER OF THE YEAR

High Roller of the Year: Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Russia – 935 points

Russian player Vladimir Troyanovskiy narrowly won this award ahead of Canadian Mike Watson after a series of fantastic results in Season 9 events, including fifth in the EPT Grand Final €100 Super High Roller for €339,500, a runner-up finish to Vanessa Selbst in the PCA $25k High Roller event and seventh place in the PCA $100k Super High Roller.

Rank Players Total Country
1 Vladimir Troyanovskiy 935 Russia
2 Mike Watson 900 Canada
3 Fabian Quoss 825 Germany
4 Scott Seiver 730 USA
5 Philippe Ktorza 725 France
6 Talal Shakerchi 700 United Kingdom
7 Tobias Reinkemeier 675 Germany
8 Bryn Kenney 620 USA
9 JC Alvarado 610 Mexico
10 Vanessa Selbst 600 USA

 

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