GPI American Poker Awards: February 25 2016. Save the date!

In 2015, the 1st edition of the GPI American Poker Awards gathered over 200 guests from the American poker industry as well as many top-ranked international players. Following that success, GPI will hold the 2nd edition of the American Poker Awards on February 25th, 2016 to celebrate the most influential and recognized actors of the American poker industry over the last year. The SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills is once again the place to be, hosting both the American Poker Conference and the American Poker Awards ceremony for the second consecutive year & adding its own standard of glamour to the event. Be sure to save the date now as seats will again be limited this year. So without further ado the 2016 American Poker Award Nominees are as follows:


 

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GPI Player of the Year

Awarded to the 2015 American GPI POY Ranking Leader
Awarded to the American poker player to have accumulated the most points on the worldwide live tournament poker circuit during the 2015 poker season as determined by the Global Poker Index’s exclusive scoring formula. The winner of the Player of the Year award is determined by taking a player’s best 13 scoring results in all qualifying tournaments played between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Point distribution is based on the Global Poker Index’s exclusive scoring formula.

 

GPI PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Awarded to the 2015 American GPI POY Ranking Leader

 

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GPI Female Player of the Year

Awarded to the 2015 American GPI POY Womens Ranking Leader
Awarded to the top scoring female poker player from American during the 2015 poker season as determined by the Global Poker Index’s exclusive scoring formula.

GPI FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Awarded to the 2015 American GPI POY Womens Ranking Leader

 


 

media-person

Media Person of the Year

Awarded by Nomination Vote & Jury
Award presented to the American media person judged to have been a leading personality in poker media during the 2015 poker season. Media members are an integral part of the poker world. The best media members have the ability to connect poker fans with the poker world through articles, blogs, photographs or through other means.

The Media Person of the Year award looks to highlight those in America who shine the brightest in the media world.

The Media Person of the Year will be awarded based on nomination panel’s list of nominees and a final jury vote.

 

NOMINEES FOR MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR
Joey Ingram
Kevin Mathers
Donnie Peters
Jason Somerville

 


 

industry-person

Industry Person of the Year

Awarded by Nomination Vote & Jury
Awarded to the American casino employee, tournament staff member or tour operating worker deemed to have gone over and beyond for the game of poker during the 2015 poker season, as judged by the panel and jury members.

 

NOMINEES INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR
Jack Effel, WSOP Vice President & Tournament Director
William Mason, Seminole Hard Rock Director of Poker
John Pappas, Poker Players Alliance Executive Director
Matt Savage, TDA Founder, WPT Executive Director

 


 

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Breakout Preformance of the Year

Awarded by Nomination Vote & Jury

Awarded to the American poker player without a major poker title* heading into 2015 who enjoyed a breakout year on the live tournament circuit this season as judged by the nomination panel and the members of the jury. Furthermore, players who have reached the final table of a WPT or EPT Main Event and/or a WSOP bracelet or any High Roller or Super High Roller tournament prior to Dec, 31 2014 do not qualify for this category.

 

NOMINEES FOR BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Joshua Beckley
Asher Conniff
Cate Hall
Kelly Minkin

 


 

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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 2015 poker season.

 

NOMINEES FOR 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

 


 

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Event of the Year (category buy-in over $2,000)

Awarded by Nomination Vote & Jury
Award presented to the event judged to have been the best single tournament event presented in American carrying a buy-in over $2,000 USD.

 

NOMINEES FOR EVENT OF THE YEAR (BUY-IN UP TO $2,000)
WSOP The Colossus, Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
WPT500 at ARIA, Las Vegas
WSOP Millionaire Maker, Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
WPTDeepStacks – DSPT Championship, Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Calgary

 

small-event-of-the-year

Event of the Year (category buy-in up to $2,000)

Awarded by Nomination Vote & Jury
Award presented to the event judged to have been the best single tournament event presented in American carrying a buy-in less $2,000 USD.

 

NOMINEES FOR 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 & Casino, Las Vegas
WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Hollywood, FL

 


 

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Poker Innovation or Initiative of the Year

Awarded to Successful Applicant by Nomination Vote & Jury
Presented to the American industry contributor or organization to have come up with the best poker innovation or initiative serving poker’s interest in 2015, such as the creation of a new circuit, a new tournament format, as well as a technological innovation, the signature of a commercial partnership or the organization of an unprecedented event.

 

NOMINEES FOR POKER INNOVATION OR INITIATIVE
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’

 


 

charitable

Charitable Initiative of the Year

Awarded by Nomination Vote & Jury
Presented to the tournament or tournament series to have done the best job at raising awareness as well as raising funds for a noteworthy charitable organization.

 

NOMINEES FOR 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 / Litte One for One Drop

 


 

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Poker Presenter of the Year

Awarded by Nomination Vote & Jury
Poker presenters are an integral part to any broadcast, live stream or for any news organization covering poker events. The American Poker Awards team has decided to reward the person deemed to be the best presenter this year. The award is presented to one of these skilled professionals that go the extra mile to connect poker fans with the game we all love.

 

NOMINEES FOR POKER PRESENTER OF THE YEAR
Sarah Herring
Kara Scott
Joseph Stapleton
David Tuchman

 


 

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Poker Moment of the Year

Awarded by Nomination Vote & 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

 

NOMINEES FOR POKER 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

 


 

media-content

Poker Media Content of the Year

Awarded by Nomination Vote & Jury
Awarded to the best poker article, blog post, picture, video, podcast or interview during the 2015 poker season published by an American journalist, industry member, blogger, or media contributor.

 

NOMINEES FOR POKER 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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