2016 American Poker Awards Nominees Announced
Last year, the Global Poker Index (GPI) debuted the GPI American Poker Awards and by all accounts, they were a rousing success. The awards are back this year, minus the “GPI” prefix, and in advance of the February 25th ceremony at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, the nominees have been announced.
There are eleven “voting eligible” categories, each with four nominees. These people, events, and initiatives were selected by a panel of more than 80 poker players, members of the poker media, and industry representatives. The winner from each category will be chosen by a jury panel the day before the awards ceremony.
Two additional awards will be handed out that were based on the GPI’s ranking system: Byron Kaverman will receive the 2015 GPI Player of the Year Award and Kelly Minkin will receive the 2015 GPI Female Player of the Year honor.
A number of other events will be taking place at the same hotel on the same day, including the first Global Poker League draft and the American Poker Conference.
2nd Annual American Poker Awards Nominees
Tournament Performance of the Year
Jonathan Duhamel, WSOP One Drop High Roller
Mike Gorodinsky, WSOP Poker Players’ Championship
Joseph McKeehen, WSOP Main Event
Anthony Zinno, WPT L.A. Poker Classic
Moment of the Year
Anthony Zinno goes back-to-back winning WPT Fallsview, WPT L.A. Poker Classic
Over 22,000 players enter WSOP Colossus for chance at a gold bracelet
Phil Hellmuth wins bracelet #14 – WSOP 10K Razz Championship
Daniel Negreanu busts 11th in the WSOP Main Event
Breakout Performance of the Year
Event of the Year (Buy-In Up To $2,000)
WSOP The Colossus, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
WPT500 at ARIA, Las Vegas
WSOP Millionaire Maker, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
WPTDeepStacks – DSPT Championship, Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Calgary
Event of the Year (Buy-In Over $2,000)
Super High Roller Bowl, ARIA, Las Vegas
WSOP Main Event, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
WSOP One Drop High Roller, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Hollywood, FL
Industry Person of the Year
Jack Effel, WSOP Vice President and Tournament Director
William Mason, Seminole Hard Rock Director of Poker
John Pappas, Poker Players Alliance Executive Director
Matt Savage, TDA Founder, WPT Executive Director
Charitable Initiative of the Year
Chad Brown Memorial Tournament (Maria Ho, Vanessa Rousso)
Charity Series of Poker (Matthew Stout)
Tiger’s Poker Night (hosted by Tiger Woods, WPT Foundation)
WSOP One Drop High Roller / Little One for One Drop
Media Person of the Year
Poker Presenter of the Year
Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year
Poker Central launches 24/7 television network
SHRPO (in conjunction with PNIA) livestreams four FT’s in same room/at same time
WSOP adds online bracelet event (with live final table)
WSOP introduces ‘The Colossus’
Media Content of the Year
BUST, an Insider’s Account of Greenville’s Underground Poker Scene (Brad Willis)
Faraz Jaka Homeless Poker Millionaire, CNN Money (Jaka, Gayles, Carson)
Jason Somerville’s record Twitch Broadcast during WCOOP in September 2015
Joe Giron shoots photo of Negreanu crumbled on the floor after ME elimination
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