Vitaly Lunkin is one of the poker stars to be considered for the player of the year honours.All palms should be granted a big discussion between the different actors of the jury, including the estate of Vitaly Lunkin as player of the year, but two categories seem almost decided in advance. The player of the year should indeed be Liv Boeree .

The English girl won the biggest ever organized EFA in April, which should allow it to stay ahead of the Norwegian Annette Obrestad and successor to the German Sandra Naujoks. Side personality of the year (the price Rob Gardner), Tony Guoga aka Tony G should not be far off. Nominated last year, the Lithuanian animated television parties by his playing and his flamboyant legendary trash-talk.


Isaac Haxton finished second only to Vitaly Lunkin in 2009. Haxton, who bypassed a computer science degree at Brown University to pursue poker, made his presence known to the world at the 2007 World Poker Tour Caribbean Adventure where he finished second to Ryan Daut for $861,789. He then found success online before finishing second to Vitaly Lunkin in Event #2 of the 2009 40th Annual World Series of Poker, the $40,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $1.168 million. While a prestigious title has eluded Haxton twice, he is largely regarded as one of the best young guns in the game.

In other exciting SuperStar Showdown news, Pokerstars has announced that any player, with the proper bankroll, can challenge Isildur1 to a match simply by sending an email to; however, only serious applicants will receive a response. More realistically, most players will be interested in facing off against the Swede in a special 1/10th-sized version of the SuperStar Showdown open to all PokerStars players, with qualifiers running now. At the very least, you can watch the Haxton vs. Isildur1 match this Sunday, December 19, at 6 p.m. EST, which is sure to be quite the treat.