4th Annual American Poker Awards Finalists Unveiled

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The finalists for the 4th Annual American Poker Awards have been revealed after a week during which more than 100 members of the poker media, industry insiders, and poker players nominated those who they felt were most deserving in thirteen categories.

The star of the show is Poker Central, which garnered eight separate nominations: Super High Roller Bowl AND Poker Masters in the Event of the Year category, founder Cary Katz for Biggest Influencer, both Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman for Broadcaster, PokerCentral Podcast in the Podcast category, “Dead Money: A Super High Roller Bowl Story” for Media Content, and Tom Dwan’s return to American on “Poker After Dark” for Best Moment.

It speaks a lot to the impressive rise of Poker Central, which tried to launch as a 24/7 poker television network, but was only able to get a few small local/regional cable providers to put it in their channel lineup. Poker Central reinvented itself as an online streaming service, featuring rebroadcasts of popular poker television shows, original content, and rebooting of popular shows like “Poker After Dark.” It has also aimed to become a major player in live poker tournaments, creating the Poker Masters and Super High Roller Bowl, as well as gaining the rights to stream much of the WSOP Main Event.

The complete list of American Poker Awards finalists follows. The “other trophies” at the end don’t have finalists. The winners are either determined by the Global Poker Index rankings (Player of the Year and Female Player of the Year) or selected by a special panel.

Fans can also still have a say in the awards, as public voting for the People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year is still open on the American Poker Awards website.

4th Annual American Poker Awards Finalists

Breakout Player

Dejuante “DJ” Alexander

Michael Del Vecchio

William Alex Foxen

Artur Papazyan

Tournament Performance

Scott Blumstein (WSOP Main Event)

Darren Elias (WPT Fallsview)

Bryn Kenney (PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Super High Roller)

Doug Polk (WSOP One Drop High Roller)

Moment of the Year

70-year-old John Smith makes back-to-back WSOP 10K Heads-Up finals

Ema Zajmovic becomes first female player to win open event on World Poker Tour

Vanessa Selbst’s Full House loses to Gaelle Baumann’s Quads early in the WSOP Main Event

Tom Dwan makes his return to America, stars on Poker After Dark reboot on PokerGo

Event of the Year

Super High Roller Bowl (ARIA Las Vegas)

partypoker MILLIONS North America (Playground Poker Club Montreal)

Poker Masters Event #1 (ARIA Las Vegas)

World Series of Poker Main Event (Rio Las Vegas)

Mid-Major Circuit

Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT)

RUNGOOD Poker Series

WPTDeepStacks (WPTDS)

World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC)

Journalist of the Year

Drew Amato

Lance Bradley

BJ Nemeth

Steve Ruddock

Jessica Welman

Broadcaster of the Year

Nick Schulman

Joseph Stapleton

Lon McEachern

Ali Nejad

Media Content

Adrian Moreno in tears after Little One for One Drop win; days after losing his friend (Drew Amato, photo for WSOP.com)

Dead Money: A Super High Roller Bowl Story (PokerCentral documentary)

Poker Brat: The Phill Hellmuth Story (Phil Hellmuth, published by D&B Publishing)

Resilience Defined: Sheddy Siddiqui Raising his Two Boys #ForCathy (Lance Bradley, article for PocketFives)


PokerCentral Podcast (Brent Hanks, Will O’Connor, Remko Rinkema)

PokerNews Podcast (Brent Harrington, Sarah Herring, Matt Parvis)

Poker Life Podcast (Joe Ingram)

TwoPlusTwo Podcast (Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz)

Video Blogger

Joe Ingram

Daniel Negreanu

Andrew Neeme

Doug Polk

Poker Streamer

Jeff Gross

Bill Perkins

Jason Somerville

Jaime Staples

Parker Talbot

Industry Person

Tony Burns

Sean McCormack

Adam Pliska

Matt Savage

Poker’s Biggest Influencer

Cary Katz

Daniel Negreanu

Doug Polk

Matt Savage

Other Trophies to be Presented at the Awards

2017 GPI American Player of the Year: Bryn Kenney

2017 GPI Female Player of the Year: Kristen Bicknell

Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker

Charitable Initiative

Jury Prize

PocketFives Legacy Award

People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year

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