In response to being selected as Poker Player of the Year at the 11th annual European Poker Awards ceremony in Paris last week, Team Titan’s Sam trang w88 commented, “Extremely proud to be European Player of the Year. Thanks everyone for voting for me! 😉 ”.
Sam had been nominated in two European Poker Award categories – Player of the Year and Best Tournament Performance. The European Poker Awards were established to recognize the best Europeans poker pros and newcomers. The jury is composed of some of the top names in European poker and avid poker fans participated in the online voting.
Sam’s competition in the Player of the Year category included some very talented poker players: Jake Cody (England); Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier (France); Pius Heinz (Germany); Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine); and Andrey Pateychuk (Russia).
Sam did not win the Best Tournament Performance award, as that honor went to Pius Heinz for winning the 2011 WSOP Main Event.
Sam was not present at the European Poker Awards ceremony, held at the Aviation Club de France in Paris last week. According to media reports, Sam sent his friend, PokerStrategy blogger Barry Carter to collect his award.
Sam has been playing poker at the Aussie Millions events in Melbourne, Australia, however he was unable to repeat his huge successes from last year. He was eliminated from the Aussie Millions Main Event, as well as from the $100,000 Challenge and the $250,000 Super High Roller events.
Sam did comment that he “ran pretty good” in the $1,000,000 cash game staged as part of the Aussie Millions. As for his lack of success in the other events, Sam commented, “Ran like 2009 Sam Trickett in the high rollers this time! Kind of annoying to lose 4/5 flips in these comps! Next stop is probably Macau.”
The schedule for the 2012 World Series of Poker has yet to be announced but already one important detail about the Main Event has been leaked to the media.
“A few hints on WSOP schedule coming tomorrow…you won’t find the November Nine returning.”
This was the tweet sent out by @WSOP, the official source for World Series of Poker updates and news.
The November Nine was a term that referred to the Main Event’s Final Table being staged in November, a few months after the Main Event had played and its field narrowed down to just nine players.
The original intention of staging the Final Table in November was to increase the suspense for the television audience. Critics claimed, however, that the November event did not increase public interest in the event. The extended break also crushed hopes of players “on a run” to continue all the way through the early stages of the tournament to the coveted WSOP bracelet.
@WSOP also tweeted:
“The WSOP Main Event this year will be 3 days shorter without compromising structure at all.”
“Another good change coming to WSOP in 2012…no off day during Main Event.”
“The 43rd Annual WSOP will take place from May 27 to July 16, 2012.”
The full schedule of the 2012 World Series of Poker is due to be released later today.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Final Table will be held in two stages. Because of the American elections in November, the action has been moved up to October. Nine players will play down to two on October 28th, and the heads-up battle will take place on October 30th.