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Barny Boatman Wins Lifetime Achievement Award At Annual GPI Awards

Written By: Kimberley | January 31, 2014 | Posted In Poker News

The 2014 Global Poker Index (GPI) European Poker Awards took place earlier this week at the Salle des Ambassadeurs in the Casino Barrière de Deauville, and today here at Poker Net we are able to reveal the full list of winners to you our readers.

European Player of the Year went to Ole Schemion from Germany, while Britain’s Barny Boatman was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award following his success at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in 2013, when after a number of near misses over the years he finally claimed his first WSOP Bracelet.

Boatman took to Twitter immediately after the award and appeared to be in complete shock as he wrote, “Well bugger me if I didn’t just walk away with poker’s coveted Cul d’or.” He was also surprised that Matt Ashton walked away empty handed as he said, “A great night at the GPI awards, but I can’t believe Matt Ashton didn’t win anything. In fact I can’t believe he didn’t win everything.”

The full list of winners from Wednesday night are listed below, as well as a list of the winners of the GPI National Awards too.

GPI National Award Winners 2013
BELGIUM – Davidi Kitai
FINLAND – Joni Jouhkimainen
FRANCE – Benjamin Pollak
IRELAND – Dermot Blain
ITALY – Dario Sammartino
NETHERLANDS – Govert Meetal
SPAIN – Adrian Mateos Diaz
UK – Stephen Chidwick

GPI European Award Winners 2013
Rookie of the Year – Adrian Mateos Diaz
Mr. Personality – Roger Hairebedian
Best Tournament Performance – Philipp Gruissem
Best Online Player – Toby Lewis
Poker Industry person of the Year – Neil Johnson from PokerStars
Poker Event of the Year – Full Tilt Poker Festival Galway
Europe’s Leading Lady – Ana Marquez
European player of the Year – Ole Schemion
Lifetime Achievement Award – Barny Boatman

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