The American Poker Awards by the Global Poker Index (GPI)

The American Poker Awards celebrate the achievements of players, industry operators, and personalities within the thriving North American poker scene. Come join us on the 27th of February 2015 at the SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills California, United States for the 1st Edition of the American Poker Awards.

Recognizing the North American Poker Industry
The American Poker Awards rewards leaders in the North American Poker Industry and Poker Players for more than a decade. Independent voting juries and expert award nomination panels decide the majority of award winners and the Awards’ signature Player of the Year Award winner is based exclusively from North American players’ GPI Player of the Year Leaderboard scores. Please feel free to review past ceremonies and winners. For more information on the Jury and Nomination Panel and overview of which awards they will be deciding please visit our jury and nomination panel page.

Award Categories
Players, industry leaders, and operators from the North American Poker World are all honored. Featured awards include those for best poker venues, best poker events, best online initiatives, and best poker innovations, media, best player of the year, and many others. To review the full list of awards and information on each specific category please visit the awards categories section.

American Poker Conference 2015

GPI will be hosting the American Poker Conference on the same day as the American Poker Awards. The American Poker Conference is a one day North American Poker Industry summit that is held together with its sister event - the European Poker Conference, a part of the European Poker Awards. The American Poker Conference gives players, industry thought leaders, poker media, and industry operators a forum to connect & discuss the future of the Live Poker Ecosystem.

To register for the American Poker Conference and review the panels, discussions, and networking opportunities offered please visit the poker conference page.


08:30 AM Coffee & Registration
09:30 – 10:00 AM Opening Discussion
  • Introduction and panel with GPI founder Alex Dreyfus.
10:00 – 11:00 AM Live Poker in a Digital Era |Discussion Leader: Matthew Parvis, Chief Creative Officer,
  • Digital Marketing: How it can (and will) define poker rooms and bring in new players.
  • Social & New Media: Creating a larger, more loyal and more engaged engaged player base for Live Poker Rooms.
  • Using New Technology & Digital Tools to develop new business for Poker Rooms and innovate the Live Poker industry.
Rob Perelman, Poker Industry Consultant
Chris Torina, President, WPTDeepstacks
Adam Altwies, Director of Poker Operations, Aria Hotel & Casino
Jon Friedberg, CEO, Overlay Gaming Corp.
11:10 – 12:00 PM The Future of Poker - Live Poker Leaders |Discussion Leader: John Caldwell, Owner, iGameNet. Former Director, PokerStars &
  • Discussions on 2015 Poker initiatives from Major Operators.
  • Keys to Live Poker growth by Industry thought leaders and key stakeholders.
Adam Pliska, President, WPT
Edgar Stuchly, President, EPT
Jen Mastrud, Former Director of Operations, Heartland Poker Tour
12:00 – 1:15 PM Lunch Time
  •  Break, Food, & Networking opportunities.
1:30 – 2:30 PM Live & Online Poker: Two industries in harmony. |Discussion Leader: Nolan Dalla, Creative Director, Poker Night in America
  • The same side of two different coins: How Live and Online poker industries  push growth within each other without becoming co-dependent.
  • Cooperation and support in the U.S.: How these two industries’ integration and support of one another should shape the re-invigoration of Poker in the U.S. in 2015.
Matt Savage, Executive Tour Director, WPT
Alex Dreyfus, Founder, | CEO, GPI &
Dan Goldman, Executive VP of I-Gaming, VCAT LLC.
Neil Johnson, Director of Live Events, EPT
2:45  – 3:45 PM Online Poker Snapshot: The current state of online Poker in the U.S. |Discussion Leader: Chris Grove, Co-Founder, Online Poker Report
  • Lessons learned from the return of regulated online Poker gaming in 2014.
  • Changes and industry adaptations to make to ensure a more successful 2015.
Jeffrey Haas, Group Director, Poker @
Eric Hollreiser, Director of Corporate Comm., PokerStars
Adam Small, Co-Founder, PocketFives
4:00  – 5:00 PM Players’ Perspective |Discussion Leader: Eric Raskin, Editor-in-Chief, ALL IN Media House
  • Players’ panel featuring top talent discussing the Live Poker ecosystem from the player’s perspective.
  • Players’ hopes and calls to action for the Live Poker Industry Industry: What players (should) want, and continued improvements for 2015.
Bernard Lee, Professional Poker Player
Daniel Negreanu, Professional Poker Player
Mohsin Charania, Professional Poker Player
Jason Somerville, Professional Poker Player
5:00  – 5:30 PM Closing & Final Questions
Awards Ceremony
7:00 – 8:30 PM Introductions, Snacks and Drinks.
8:30 – 11:00 PM Seated dinner and American Poker Awards Ceremony hosted by Kara Scott.

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