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Sam Trickett leads charge for top poker award

Englishmen Sam Trickett and Jake Cody in line for Europe's most prestigious poker gong

by Alligator Blood PokerJolt January, 19th 2012
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Sam Trickett is up for Best Player at the European Poker Awards

Above: Sam Trickett is up for Best Player at the European Poker Awards

Sam Trickett and Jake Cody have been nominated for the top European Poker Award

TWO English players are leading the race to be named European Poker Player of the Year.

Sam Trickett and Jake Cody have both been nominated for the top gong at the European Poker Awards, which will be handed out next week at the swanky Aviation Club in Paris.

Trickett, from East Retford, is one of Britain's top NLH cash game players and won a staggering $3 Million in less than a month at the start of last year, at the PCA and Aussie Millions high roller events.

He also won the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in Cannes in November, trousering another million Euros.  

The Titan pro is friendly with Cody, who himself took the poker world by storm in a hugely impressive 2011.

Neverbluff67, as he's known online, famously started his poker career by depositing just $10 - a sum he hasn't added to since.

Cody - who won the EPT Deauville and WPT London Main Events in 2010 -  completed the triple crown last June by winning his first WSOP Bracelet.

He defeated Yevgeniy Timoshenko to win the $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em event, only the second bracelet event  he had played
Cody, who signed pro for PKR.com in November, now boasts total tournament winnings of more than $3 million.

The English duo are hot favourites for the title, along with French Triple Crown winner Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier.

Other nominees include last year’s WSOP main event winner Pius Heinz, Andrey Pateychuck, the EPT San Remo champion and Eugene Katchalov, who smashed last year's PCA Super High Roller.

The winners receive unique trophies in the form of golden spade, specially created for the European Poker Awards by Samy and Antonella Haffaf.

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