PokerStars picked up their second consecutive award for “Poker Operator of the Year” at a glittering awards ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London last night.
The awards ceremony was hosted by the International Gaming Awards who, for the seventh year in succession, recognized the most valuable contributors to the gaming industry over the previous twelve months – both live and online.
As most online poker players would acknowledge, there is only one poker operator worth considering for events of this nature, but Eric Hollreiser – Head of Corporate Communications for the Rational Group – still seemed pretty chuffed when he went up on stage to collect the Gaming Awards trophy.
Run it twice! Hollreiser said,
We’re proud to take down this award for the second straight time, and we’ll be doing everything we can in the next 12 months to make a strong run at a three-peat.
PokerStars Connections in Four Other Awards
Twenty-three awards were distributed in total at the charity bash, with a PokerStars connection in four of them.
- The venue for the PokerStars.net APPT Aussie Millions – the Crown Poker Rooms in Melbourne – won the award for “Casino/Integrated Resort of the Year”
- The home of PokerStars LIVE in Macau – the Melco Crown Entertainment City of Dreams – won the award for “Casino VIP Room of the Year”
- Sponsors of the PokerStars European Poker Tour – Skrill – won the award for “Corporate Services Supplier of the Year”
- Online payment provider – Optimal Payments – who manage deposits and withdrawals in PokerStars players´ account won the award for “Payment Solutions Provider of the Year”
PokerStars were also finalists in the categories of
Mobile Gaming Operator of the Year (won by online slots company Redcorp) and
Gaming Industry Fair Play (won by international online casino provider 7Red).
Good Year for PokerStars – Even by their Standards
Throughout 2013 PokerStars maintained their position as the number one online poker site in the world. Indeed, the average number of cash game players on PokerStars recorded by poker traffic monitoring site PokerScout.com is as many as all the other major online poker sites combined.
However, there were several notable milestones throughout 2013 which kept the online poker site in the public eye – and drew the attention of the judging panel at the International Gaming Awards – including:
- Dealing its 100th billion hand in June
- Hosting the largest online poker tournament in history (225,000 players)
- Hosting the two largest online poker festivals of the year (WCOOP and SCOOP)
- Signing former Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo and Spanish tennis star Rafa Nadal as brand ambassadors
- Adding four new Omaha poker variants to the existing PokerStars client – 5 Card Omaha, 5 Card Omaha Hi/Lo, Courchevel, and Courchevel Hi/Lo
And the Winner is …
In addition to the seven winners already mentioned above, the other International Gaming Awards went to:
|Casino Operator of the Year (Americas)||Wynn Resorts|
|Casino Operator of the Year (Asia/Australasia)||Galaxy Entertainment|
|Casino Operator of the Year (Europe)||Aspers|
|iGaming Software Supplier||Playtech|
|Industry Publication/Portal of the Year||Gaming Compliance|
|Innovator of the Year||Net Entertainment|
|Online Bingo Operator of the Year||Mecca Bingo|
|Online Casino Operator of the Year||Mr Green|
|Online Gaming Operator of the Year||Cherry Casino|
|Online Sportsbook Operator of the Year||Unibet|
|Socially Responsible Operator of the Year (Land)||Rank Group|
|Socially Responsible Operator of the Year (Online)||Paddy Power|
|Slot Manufacturer of the Year||IGT|
|Online Slot Operator of the Year||Williams Interactive|
|Technology Provider of the Year||TCSJohnHuxley|
|Traditional Casino Equipment Supplier of the Year||Cammegh Ltd|