Honors Handed out at 3rd Annual GPI American Poker Awards
The Sofitel in Beverly Hills was the center of the poker world on Thursday night as some of the best and brightest were honored at the 3rd Annual GPI American Poker Awards. Let’s get right to it; below is the list of nominees and winners. In categories with multiple nominees, the winner is denoted in bold.
GPI Player of the Year
GPI Female Player of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
Charitable Initiative of the Year
Dan Smith Charity Drive
PocketFives Legacy Award
Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy
The Hendon Mob Award
Tournament Performance of the Year
Kristen Bicknell wins 2nd WSOP bracelet ($1,500 Bounty)
Ari Engel wins Aussie Millions
Maurice Hawkins wins WSOPC Cherokee, back-to-back WSOPC
Mike Sexton wins WPT Montreal
Moment of the Year
Griffin Benger’s AA vs William Kassouf’s KK showdown at the WSOP Main Event
Jason Mercier goes on heater: captures (2) WSOP bracelets and a 2nd in a week to secure WSOP PoY
David Peters needing 3rd at EPT Prague to win GPI PoY does exactly that and takes the title from Fedor Holz
Mike Sexton mounts unbelievable comeback to win his first WPT title at WPT Montreal
Breakout Performance of the Year
Event of the Year
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Super High Roller Bowl
WSOP Main Event
WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic
Mid-Major Circuit of the Year
Heartland Poker Tour (HPT)
Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT)
World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC)
Industry Person of the Year
Tony Burns (Seminole Hard Rock Tournament Director)
Jack Effel (WSOP VP Intl’ Poker Operations, WSOP Director)
Sean McCormack (ARIA Director of Poker Operations)
Matt Savage (WPT Executive Tour Director, TDA Founder)
Media Person of the Year
Media Content of the Year
Bob, Charlie and a Life-Changing WSOP Main Event Journey (Lance Bradley, PocketFives)
Life’s a Gamble (Mike Sexton, D&B Poker)
Stu Ungar’s Last Chance Gone Wrong Documentary (Matthew Showell, PokerListings)
Jason Somerville provides live Aussie Millions coverage on his Twitch channel
Twitch Poker Streamer of the Year
Kevin Martin “kevinmartin987”
Jason Somerville “jcarverpoker“
Jaime Staples “pokerstaples”
Parker Talbot “tonkaaaaP”
Poker Podcast of the Year
Poker Life Podcast with Joe Ingram
Full Contact Poker with Daniel Negreanu
For those that have followed these awards for the last couple years, you may notice several changes. Event of the Year had been split into two categories based on buy-in, but now all of them are lumped together (though there is a mid-major circuit category). Poker Presenter of the Year Award is gone because…who cares? Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year has been eliminated, possibly because it’s hard to come up with enough nominees every year.
On the flipside, the evolution of poker, technology, and media was represented with two new cateogires: Twitch Poker Streamer of the Year and Poker Podcast of the Year. It wasn’t long ago these might have just been non-nominee categories (if at all), with just a single winner announced. Going forward, it will probably be difficult to narrow it down to a list of just four.
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