4th Annual American Poker Awards – Nominees

The 4th Annual American Poker Awards, presented by PokerStars, will be presented on Thursday, February 22nd in Los Angeles. This year’s edition will be presented at the ultra-luxurious Andaz West Hollywood, steps away from some of the most legendary night clubs on the infamous Sunset Strip!

A record 20 awards are expected to be handed out as a grand total of 54 finalists will hope to head home with the most coveted awards in poker!


GPI American Player of the Year

Awarded to the 2017 American GPI PoY Ranking Leader

Presented to the player who scored the most points Global Poker Index (GPI) Points during the 2017 poker season. A player’s Top 13 qualifying GPI scores for events played starting between January 1 and December 31, 2017 are tabulated to determine total GPI Points for 2017.

 

GPI PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bryn Kenney

 


GPI Female Player of the Year

Awarded to the 2017 American GPI PoY Women’s Ranking Leader

Presented to the female poker player who scored the most points Global Poker Index (GPI) Points during the 2017 poker season. A player’s Top 13 qualifying GPI scores for events played starting between January 1 and December 31, 2017 are tabulated to determine total GPI Points for 2017.

GPI FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kristen Bicknell

 


Poker Journalist of the Year

Selected by Nomination Panel & Jury

Looking to place the spotlight on those who shine brightest in the poker journalism, this Award is presented to the person judged to have been a leader in their field during 2017.

The most talented poker journalists have the ability to connect poker fans with the poker world through articles, live reporting, and photography.

 

POKER JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Drew Amato
Lance Bradley
BJ Nemeth
Steve Ruddock
Jessica Welman

 


Industry Person of the Year

Selected by Nomination Panel & Jury

Presented to the casino employee, tournament staff member or tour operating worker deemed to have gone over and beyond for the game of poker during the 2017 poker season.

 

INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Tony Burns
Sean McCormack
Adam Pliska
Matt Savage

 


Breakout Player of the Year

Selected by Nomination Panel & Jury

Presented to the player judged to have enjoyed a breakout campaign on the live tournament circuit in 2017. A player cannot have won a major poker title prior to 2017.

 

BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Dejuante “DJ” Alexander
Michael Del Vecchio
William Alex Foxen
Artur Papazyan

 


Tournament Performance of the Year

Awarded by Nomination Vote & Jury

Awarded to the American player judged to have had the single best tournament performance on the worldwide live circuit during the 2017 poker season.

 

NOMINEES FOR TOURNAMENT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Scott Blumstein (WSOP Main Event)
Darren Elias (WPT Fallsview)
Bryn Kenney (PSC Monte Carlo Super High Roller)
Doug Polk (WSOP One Drop High Roller)

 


Mid-Major Circuit of the Year

Selected by Nomination Panel & Jury

Presented to the organization who presented the best Mid-Major Circuit events and festivals during the 2017 poker season.

 

MID-MAJOR CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT)
RUNGOOD Poker Series
WPTDeepStacks (WPTDS)
World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC)

 


Event of the Year

Selected by Nomination Panel & Jury

Presented to the event judged to have been the best single tournament event presented during the 2017 campaign.

 

EVENT OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
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)

 


Charitable Initiative of the Year

Selected by the Global Poker Index Awards Committee

Presented to an individual, organization, venue, tournament or tournament series that raises awareness as well raise funds for a noteworthy charitable cause.

CHARITABLE INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR RECIPIENT

Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker

Selected by the Jury

Presented to the person judged to have devoted a significant portion of their life to poker; a person who has positively impacted the poker world. These accomplishments will be celebrated with the presentation of this special Award. This trophy is to be Awarded at the Jury’s discretion.

AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN POKER RECIPIENT

 


Moment of the Year

Selected by Nomination Panel & Jury

Each year poker produces extraordinary moments. From a historic victory to a jaw-dropping elimination and everything in between, this Award is presented to the person who created THE moment that will remain forever etched in every poker fan’s memory

 

POKER MOMENT OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
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

 


Poker Media Content of the Year

Selected by Nomination Panel & Jury

Presented to the best poker article, blog post, book, picture or interview published by a journalist, industry member, blogger, player or media contributor during 2017.

 

POKER MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
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 Phil Hellmuth Story (Phil Hellmuth book published by D&B Publishing)
Resilience Defined: Sheddy Siddiqui raising his two boys #FORCATHY (Lance Bradley article for PocketFives)

 


Poker Streamer of the Year

Selected by Nomination Panel and Jury

Presented to the most dedicated poker streamer who continued to provide quality entertainment to their most dedicated fans while attracting and educating the most novice of players.

 

POKER STREAMER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Jeff Gross
Bill Perkins
Jason Somerville
Jaime Staples
Parker Talbot

 


Poker Broadcaster of the Year

Selected by Nomination Panel and Jury

Presented to the best poker broadcaster in the business.

 

BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Nick Schulman
Joseph Stapleton
Lon McEachern
Ali Nejad

 


Video Blogger of the Year

Selected by Nomination Panel and Jury

Presented to the “vlogger” who not only releases quality, well-produced, content but must also show the ability to connect with the audience

VIDEO BLOGGER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Joe Ingram
Daniel Negreanu
Andrew Neeme
Doug Polk

Poker Podcast of the Year

Selected by Nomination Panel & Jury

Presented to the podcast series judged to be the best for 2017. Nomination Panel and Jury members should focus on overall quality and frequency of published episodes

 

POKER PODCAST OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
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)

PocketFives Legacy Award

Selected by PocketFives and GPI teams

Presented to an online poker legend who has also made significant contributions on the live tournament circuit.

 

POCKETFIVES LEGACY AWARD RECIPIENT

Biggest Influencer in Poker

Selected by Nomination Panel and Jury

Presented to the individual who moves the needle most in the poker world. Whether it’s a player, an industry member or even a celebrity, this Award winner is judged to have been one of the biggest influencers in the game in 2017.

 

BIGGEST INFLUENCER IN POKER NOMINEES
Cary Katz
Daniel Negreanu
Doug Polk
Matt Savage

Jury Prize

Selected by the Jury

A special Award may be presented by the members of the Jury to a person, group or organization who deserve special recognition for their contributions to poker in 2017.

 

JURY PRIZE RECIPIENT

People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year

Voted by poker fans around the world

Presented to the poker personality judged to have been one of the game’s best ambassadors in 2017, making a positive impact in the poker world while engaging his or her audience.

Poker fans will determine the winner of this Award. This Award isn’t a simple popularity vote; the winner should be someone who works hard on and/or off the felt; someone who promotes the game of poker

POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Coming soon

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